Bob Hoskins, the British actor known for playing Cockney punks in a number of popular films, died today at the age of 71. Hoskins’ career spanned four decades and included hundreds of TV and film credits.
Here is what you need to know:
1. He Died of Pneumonia
Early Wednesday morning news emerged that Hoskins had died after a recent battle with pneumonia. His family released the following statement:
We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Bob. We ask that you respect our privacy during this time and thank you for your messages of love and support.
He is survived by a wife, Linda, and children, Alex, Sarah, Rosa and Jack.
2. He’s Best Know For ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit?’
Bob Hoskins is best remembered for playing Edward “Eddie” Valiant, the alcoholic private investigator in the 1988 cult classic Who Framed Roger Rabbit? For his work in the film he would be nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motional Picture Musical or Comedy.
Above you can see Hoskins prominently featured in the trailer for the film.
3. He Was Alo Featured in Terry Gilliam’s ‘Brazil’ & Dozens of Other Films
Among Hoskins’ dozens of other roles, one of his more memorable was brief appearance as Spoor, a horribly incompetent “central services” engineer in Terry Gilliam’s 1985 cult classic Brazil. You can see his scene from that film above. The next year he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his work in the film Mona Lisa.
Hoskins is also remembered for his work in more recent films like Hollywoodland (2006), Doomsday (2008), A Christmas Carol (2009), Made in Dagenham (2010), and Snow White and the Huntsman (2012).
4. He Was Born in Suffolk in 1942
Hoskins was born on October 26, 1942, in Bury St. Edmund’s in Suffolk, where his mother was living during the German bombing of England. After leaving school at the age of 15, Hoskins finally found some commercial theater success by the early 1970s, and began appearing on television in 1972.
5. He Was Diagnosed With Parkinson’s Disease and Retired From Acting in 2012
After his appearance as one of the 7 dwarves in the 2012 fantasy movie Snow White and the Huntsman, Hoskins announced that he would be brining his long actor career to a close. During that time he had also announced that his health was in decline and that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.