classically-trained stage and screen actor whose film roles included
the psychopathic villain Hans Gruber who tormented Bruce Willis in Die Hard (1988), a deceased lover who consoles his bereaved partner in Truly Madly Deeply (1990), the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), and a wayward husband in the 2003 romantic comedy Love Actually, but who was known by millions from the Harry Potter
film series, in which he played Hogwarts teacher Severus Snape who is
either a nemesis or an ally (possibly both) to the teenage wizard.
Cause of Death: Pancreatic cancer
Born: February 21, 1946
Died: January 14, 2016
Location: London, England