Actor, screen legend and all round nice guy Bob Hoskins has passed away at the age of 71 from pneumonia, it was announced on earlier tonight. Hoskins, who Sir Michael Caine called “one of the nicest and best actors I have ever worked with” retired from acting in 2012 after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The likes of Stephen Fry and Dame Judi Dench have left messages lamenting his passing.
Hoskins, who rocketed to fame in Hollywood for his performance in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, was also known for his role in The Super Mario Brothers, a role he later admitted he despised. However, it was his roles in Mona Lisa (for which he won a BAFTA) and The Long Good Friday that garnered him the most praise. Starring as his wife in The Long Good Friday was Dame Helen Mirren, who said in a tribute “when I worked with him on his iconic film The Long Good Friday, he was supportive and un-egotistic. I had the honour of watching the creation of one of the most memorable characters of British film.”
Hoskins also played in a plethora of other roles from the big screen to the small. His last was as a dwarf in Snow White and the Huntsman, starring now infamous Kristen Stewart. Other roles include Made in Dagenham, Mermaids and Hook.
Last Updated: April 30, 2014
May 1, 2014 at 20:59
Sad news. The Long Good Friday was a truly brilliant gangster flick and Hoskins was perfect in it.