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Rickman won a Golden Globe, Emmy, Bafta and other honors throughout his several-decades career, but never an Oscar.
He believed with talent came responsibility: "Talent is an accident of genes, and a responsibility," Rickman said.
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Like fellow Brit David Bowie, who also died this week at age 69, his cause of death was cancer."The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69," Rickman's family shared in a statement.
"He was surrounded by family and friends."Rickman is survived by his wife, Rima Horton.
Born in London, Rickman studied graphic design and worked at a newspaper because he didn't consider acting to be a "sensible" career.
Rickman went on to become a star of the British stage, beginning when he was nominated for a Tony Award for playing the Vicomte de Valmont in a 1986 production of .
Some lesser-known facts about Rickman will make fans appreciate the legendary actor's uniqueness in ways they might not have known. "He refused all selfies — a solid rule about dignity," she wrote.