It was reported today that popular veteran British actor of stage and screen Alan Rickman has died at the age of 69. The news of Rickman’s death was confirmed on Thursday by his family.

At 69 Rickman was battling cancer, though his family did not go into detail at this time and we will not press the matter any further than their confirmation. With a career that spanned multiple decades, how you remember Rickman could depend on your age. Rickman found commercial success with his role as Hans Gruber in the 1988 film “Die Hard,” a film that he starred opposite Bruce Willis. Rickman also appeared in the film “Truly, Madly, Deeply.”

If you are a little younger, you may remember him from his role as the Sheriff of Nottingham in the 1991 film “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” with Kevin Costner. Rickman played a multitude of popular characters throughout his career, both on stage and screen. From “Galaxy Quest” to “Sense and Sensibility,” Rickman can be found in a wide-array of popular films, including “Love, Actually” and most recently in “Eye in the Sky”. Rickman also directed the film “The Winter Guest” with Emma Thompson and her mother, Phyllida Law. Rickman worked with top-actors across the globe, in a career that should be the envy of anyone. In his career Rickman won a Golden Globe and an Emmy for TV biopic “Rasputin,” and a BAFTA for “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.” Rickman was also nominated for a BAFTA for his work in “Michael Collins,” “Sense and Sensibility” and “Truly Madly Deeply.”

Of course most fans remember him from the ten years that he spent brining one of Harry Potter’s most iconic characters to the big-screen. Rickman took the role of Severus Snape in the Harry Potter franchise, a role that turned him into a household name across the globe and solidified his career for the record books. More information, tributes and details will be released over the next few days.