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Reports out of the UK this morning say that British actor Alan Rickman has passed away from cancer at the age of 69.

Rickman memorably played villains in movies like Die Hard and Quigley Down Under, and gained much acclaim for his portrayal of Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films. He also played, to great effect, a married man tempted by his secretary's charms in Love Actually, and a British wine expert shocked to find out that a California chardonnay can be as good - or better - than a French white wine - in Bottle Shock.
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