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ROBERT WILLIAM "BOB" HOSKINS (26 October 1942 – 29 April 2014) was an English actor. His work included lead roles in Pennies from Heaven (1978), The Long Good Friday (1980), Mona Lisa (1986), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Mermaids (1990), and Super Mario
Mario
Bros. (1993), and supporting performances in Brazil (1985), Hook (1991), Nixon (1995), Enemy at the Gates
Enemy at the Gates
(2001), Mrs. Henderson Presents
Mrs. Henderson Presents
(2005), A Christmas Carol (2009), Made in Dagenham
Made in Dagenham
(2010), and Snow White and the Huntsman (2012). He also directed two feature films.

Hoskins received the best actor award at the Cannes Film Festival , the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama for his role in Mona Lisa. He was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for the same role. In 2009, Hoskins won an International Emmy
International Emmy
Award for Best Actor for his appearance on the BBC
BBC
One drama The Street . In 2012, Hoskins retired from acting due to his battle with Parkinson\'s disease , and he died from pneumonia on 29 April 2014, at age 71.

CONTENTS

* 1 Early life * 2 Career * 3 Personal life * 4 Illness and death

* 5 Filmography

* 5.1 Film * 5.2 Television

* 6 References * 7 External links

EARLY LIFE

Hoskins was born in Bury St Edmunds
Bury St Edmunds
, West Suffolk
West Suffolk
, on 26 October 1942 to Robert Hoskins, a bookkeeper and lorry driver , and Elsie (née Hopkins) Hoskins, a cook and nursery school teacher. His grandmother was a Romani . From two weeks old, he was brought up in Finsbury Park, London
London
. He left school at the age of 15 with a single O-Level and worked as a porter , lorry driver, and window cleaner . He started on a 3-year accountancy course but dropped out.

CAREER

In 1968, Hoskins' acting career began at the Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke-on-Trent
. He portrayed a servant named Peter in a production of Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet
. In 1969, he worked at the Unity Theatre in London , England
England
. One evening, he was waiting in the Unity Theatre bar for his friend, the actor Roger Frost, to finish an audition. Whilst drinking at the bar, he was given a script and told, "You're next." He got the part, with Frost ending up his understudy. Frost recalled, "Bob was a natural. He just got up on stage and was brilliant."

His first major television role was in On the Move (1975-6), an educational series intended to tackle adult illiteracy, in which he portrayed Alf Hunt, a removal man who had problems reading and writing. According to eventual producer George Auckland , up to 17 million people watched the series. Hoskins' breakthrough television role came in the original BBC
BBC
version of Dennis Potter 's innovative 6-part fantasy-drama Pennies from Heaven (1978) as adulterous sheet music salesman Arthur Parker. Later, he portrayed Iago in Jonathan Miller 's BBC Television Shakespeare
BBC Television Shakespeare
production of Othello
Othello
.

Hoskins' performances in British films , such as The Long Good Friday (1980) and Mona Lisa (1986), won him the wider approval of the critics and, in the case of the latter, a Cannes Award , Best Actor Golden Globe and BAFTA
BAFTA
Awards, and an Academy Award
Academy Award
nomination for Best Actor . He also delivered comic turns in Terry Gilliam
Terry Gilliam
's Brazil (1985) and as Mario
Mario
in Super Mario
Mario
Bros. (1993). In 2007, Hoskins told The Guardian that he regretted starring in Super Mario
Mario
Bros., stating that he was extremely unhappy with the film and greatly angered by his experiences making it, referring to it as the "worst thing I ever did". In 1983, Hoskins' voice was used in an advert for Weetabix and during the late 1980s and early 1990s, he appeared in advertising for the recently privatized companies of British Gas
British Gas
and British Telecom (now BT Group). Hoskins filming Ruby Blue in 2007

He had a small role as Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd
's manager in The Wall . He was slated to be a last-minute replacement in The Untouchables if Robert De Niro had not decided to portray Al Capone
Al Capone
. When De Niro took the part, director Brian De Palma
Brian De Palma
mailed Hoskins a cheque for £20,000 with a "Thank You" note, which prompted him to call up De Palma and ask him if there were any more films he did not want him to be in.

In 1988, Hoskins played private investigator Eddie Valiant in the Disney , Touchstone , and Amblin Entertainment
Amblin Entertainment
live-action/animated family blockbuster , Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988). Hoskins was not the first choice for the role; Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford
, Bill Murray
Bill Murray
, and Eddie Murphy were all considered for the part, but film critics agreed that Hoskins was perfect for the role, the most prominent among them being Gene Siskel
Gene Siskel
and Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
. As Hoskins' character interacts and makes physical contact with animated characters in the film, Hoskins was required to take mime training courses in preparation, and after shooting ended, he suffered from hallucinations for months afterward. Hoskins was nominated for a Golden Globe
Golden Globe
award for this performance and won a British Evening Standard award.

Some of Hoskins' other work include playing opposite Cher
Cher
in Mermaids (1990), portraying Smee in Hook (1991) and in Neverland (2011), and playing Uncle Bart, the psychopathic and violent "owner" of Jet Li
Jet Li
in Unleashed aka Danny The Dog. He returned to television in productions for the BBC, including Flickers, David Copperfield as Wilkins Micawber (1999), and The Wind in the Willows (2006). He portrayed Nikita Khrushchev as a political commissar in Enemy at the Gates
Enemy at the Gates
(2001). Hoskins received a Golden Globe
Golden Globe
nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Mrs Henderson Presents
Mrs Henderson Presents
, a film he also produced with Norma Heyman . In 2007, Hoskins appeared in the music video for Jamie T\'s single "Sheila".

Hoskins also directed two films, both of which he starred in; The Raggedy Rawney (1988) and Rainbow (1996). In 2009, he made a return to television in Jimmy McGovern 's drama serial The Street , where he played a publican who stands up to a local gangster. For this role, he received his only Emmy when he won Best Actor at the 2010 International Emmys . In 2011, In Search of La Che
In Search of La Che
featured a character named Wermit and every line of his dialogue was a quote of Bob Hoskins.

On 8 August 2012, Hoskins announced his retirement from acting after being diagnosed with Parkinson\'s disease in 2011.

PERSONAL LIFE

Hoskins' father was a communist and brought up Hoskins to be an atheist . In 1967, aged 25, Hoskins spent a short period of time volunteering in kibbutz Zikim in Israel
Israel
, and also herded camels in Syria
Syria
. In an interview, when asked what he owed his parents, he said, "Confidence. My mum used to say to me, 'If somebody doesn't like you, fuck 'em, they've got bad taste.'" When asked which living person he most despised, Hoskins named Tony Blair
Tony Blair
and claimed that "he's done even more damage than Thatcher ". He made light of his similarities with film actor Danny DeVito , whom he joked would play him in a film about his life.

With his first wife Jane Livesey, Hoskins had two children named Alex (born 1968) and Sarah (born 1972). With his second wife Linda Banwell, he had two more children named Rosa (born c. 1983) and Jack (born c. 1986).

ILLNESS AND DEATH

In August 2012, Hoskins retired from acting due to being diagnosed with Parkinson\'s disease in 2011.

On 29 April 2014, he died of pneumonia at a hospital in London
London
, England
England
at age 71. He is survived by his second wife Linda Banwell and his four children.

After his death, Robert Zemeckis , the director of Who Framed Roger Rabbit , released a statement saying that Hoskins brought enjoyment to audiences worldwide. Among the actors who paid tribute at his funeral were Stephen Fry
Stephen Fry
, Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson
, and Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
, who said that " London
London
will miss one of her best and most loving sons".

On the second anniversary of his death, as a tribute to Hoskins, some Twitter users posted links to articles about his death. This led to some confusion, as others believed he had just died. There was then a flood of tributes to him on social media.

FILMOGRAPHY

FILM

YEAR TITLE ROLE NOTES

1972 Up the Front Recruiting sergeant

1973 The National Health Foster

1975 Royal Flash Police Constable

Inserts Big Mac

1979 Zulu Dawn
Zulu Dawn
CSM Williams

1980 The Long Good Friday Harold Shand Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role

1982 Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd
The Wall Band manager

1983 The Honorary Consul Colonel Perez Nominated – BAFTA
BAFTA
Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role

1984 Lassiter Inspector John Becker

The Cotton Club Owney Madden

1985 The Woman Who Married Clark Gable George

The Dunera Boys Morrie Mendellsohn

Brazil Spoor

1986 Sweet Liberty Stanley Gould

Mona Lisa George BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role Cannes Film Festival: Best Actor (tied with Michel Blanc in Ménage ) Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor London
London
Film Critics Circle Award for Actor of the Year (tied with William Hurt
William Hurt
in Kiss of the Spider Woman ) Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor Valladolid International Film Festival: Best Actor Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actor

1987 A Prayer for the Dying
A Prayer for the Dying
Father Michael Da Costa

The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne
The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne
James Madden Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor

1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit Eddie Valiant Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor Nominated – Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actor

The Raggedy Rawney Darky Also director

1990 Heart Condition Jack Moony

Mermaids Lou Landsky

1991 The Favour, the Watch and the Very Big Fish Louis Aubinard

Shattered Gus Klein

Hook Smee

The Inner Circle Lavrentiy Beria
Lavrentiy Beria

1992 Passed Away Johnny Scanlan

Blue Ice Sam Garcia

1993 Super Mario
Mario
Bros. Mario
Mario

The Big Freeze Sidney

1995 Nixon J. Edgar Hoover
J. Edgar Hoover
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Balto Boris Voice only

1996 Rainbow Frank Bailey Also director

The Secret Agent Verloc

Michael Vartan Malt

1997 Twenty Four Seven Alan Darcy European Film Award for Best Actor

Spice World Ginger Spice\'s disguise

1998 Cousin Bette Cesar Crevel

1999 Parting Shots Gerd Layton

Captain Jack Jack Armistead

Felicia\'s Journey Hilditch Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

A Room for Romeo Brass Steven Laws

The White River Kid Brother Edgar

2000 American Virgin Joey

2001 Enemy at the Gates
Enemy at the Gates
Nikita Khrushchev
Nikita Khrushchev

Last Orders Ray "Raysie" Johnson National Board of Review Award for Best Acting by an Ensemble Nominated – European Film Award for Best Actor (shared with ensemble cast)

2002 Where Eskimos Live Sharkey

Maid in Manhattan
Maid in Manhattan
Lionel Bloch

2003 The Sleeping Dictionary Henry DVD Exclusive Award for Best Supporting Actor in a DVD Premiere Movie

Den of Lions Darius Paskevic

2004 Vanity Fair Sir Pitt Crawley

Beyond the Sea Charlie Maffia

2005 Unleashed Bart

Son of the Mask
Son of the Mask
Odin Nominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor

Mrs Henderson Presents
Mrs Henderson Presents
Vivian Van Damm National Board of Review Award for Best Acting by an Ensemble Nominated – British Independent Film Award for Best Actor Nominated – Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Nominated – St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor

Stay Dr. Leon Patterson

2006 Paris, je t\'aime Bob Leander Segment: "Pigalle"

The Wind in the Willows Badger

Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties Winston Voice only

Hollywoodland
Hollywoodland
Eddie Mannix

2007 Sparkle Vince

Outlaw Walter Lewis

Ruby Blue Jack Oxford International Film Festival - Best Actor

Go Go Tales
Go Go Tales
The Baron

2008 Doomsday Bill Nelson

2009 A Christmas Carol Mr. Fezziwig
Fezziwig
/ Old Joe

2010 Made in Dagenham
Made in Dagenham
Albert Nominated – British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor

2011 Will Davey

2012 Outside Bet Percy "Smudge" Smith

2012 Snow White and the Huntsman
Snow White and the Huntsman
Muir

TELEVISION

YEAR TITLE ROLE NOTES

1972 Villains

Play for Today Taxi driver Episode: "The Bankrupt"

1973 Crown Court

New Scotland Yard Eddie Wharton

Softly, Softly: Taskforce Parker

Play for Today Woodbine Episode: "Her Majesty's Pleasure"

1974 Shoulder to Shoulder Jack Dunn

Thick as Thieves Dobbs

Play for Today Blake Episode: "Schmoedipus"

1975 On the Move Alf

1976 Thriller Sammy Draper

The Crezz Detective Sergeant Marble

1977 Van der Valk Johnny Palmer

Rock Follies of \'77 Johnny Britten

1978 Pennies from Heaven Arthur Parker Nominated – BAFTA
BAFTA
TV Award for Best Actor

1979 Of Mycenae and Men Mr. Taramasalatopoulos

1980 Flickers Arnie Cole

1981 Othello
Othello
Iago

1983 The Beggar\'s Opera Beggar

1985 Mussolini and I
Mussolini and I
Benito Mussolini
Benito Mussolini

1985 The Dunera Boys Morrie Mendellsohn Australian mini-series

1994 The Changeling De Flores

World War II: When Lions Roared Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill

1995–1999 The Forgotten Toys Teddy Voice only

1996 Tales from the Crypt

1998 Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live
Himself

1999 David Copperfield Wilkins Micawber

2000 Noriega: God's Favorite Manuel Noriega
Manuel Noriega
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film

Don Quixote Sancho Panza
Sancho Panza

2001 The Lost World Professor George Challenger

2003 Frasier Coach Fuller

The Good Pope: Pope John XXIII
Pope John XXIII
Angelo Roncalli / Pope John XXIII
Pope John XXIII

2008 The Englishman\'s Boy Damon Ira Chance

Pinocchio Geppetto

The Last Word Monologues unnamed hitman Episode: "A Bit of Private Business"

2009 The Street Paddy Gargan International Emmy
International Emmy
Award for best actor

2011 Neverland Smee

REFERENCES

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New York Times
. * ^ " Bob Hoskins
Bob Hoskins
Obituary". The Herald . Retrieved 24 December 2014. * ^ A B Hattenstone, Simon (2 August 2007). "The Method? Living it out? Cobblers!". The Guardian. London: Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 26 April 2010. * ^ Moline, Karen (1988). Bob Hoskins: An Unlikely Hero. Michigan: Sidgwick & Jackson. p. 201. ISBN 0-283-99508-4 . * ^ Confirmed on Desert Island Discs
Desert Island Discs
in November 1988 * ^ Farndale, Nigel (27 November 2009). " Bob Hoskins
Bob Hoskins
interview: \'My own mum wouldn\'t call me pretty\'". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 13 May 2014. * ^ "Bob Hoskins". 1 May 2014. Retrieved 1 May 2014. * ^ "Bob Hoskins: Sold as seen". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. 9 October 1999. Retrieved 26 February 2013. * ^ Karen Moline, Bob Hoskins: an unlikely hero, p17, (Sidgwick & Jackson), 1988, ISBN 0283995084 , 9780283995088 * ^ "On the Move", BFI Film & TV database, * ^ "On the Move: How Bob Hoskins
Bob Hoskins
helped adults learn to read". BBC. 3 May 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2014. * ^ A B " Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
on Bob Hoskins: \'A spectacular firework just as it takes off\'. The Guardian. Retrieved 24 December 2014 * ^ Chris Fillm (2002). "Marketing Communications: Contexts, Strategies, and Applications". p. 516. Financial Times Prentice Hall * ^ "Much-loved British actor Bob Hoskins
Bob Hoskins
dies age 71". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 24 December 2014 * ^ " Bob Hoskins
Bob Hoskins
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Bob Hoskins
to retire after Parkinson\'s diagnosis". BBC Retrieved 24 December 2014 * ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-L7Cadb-c0 * ^ Movie Pilot Article on Bob Hoskins
Bob Hoskins
Death * ^ " Bob Hoskins
Bob Hoskins
retires from acting". Itv.com. 8 August 2012. Retrieved 26 February 2013. * ^ " Bob Hoskins
Bob Hoskins
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Bob Hoskins
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Bob Hoskins
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Bob Hoskins
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Bob Hoskins
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. 1 May 2016. * ^ razzies.com, "26th Annual Razzie Award Nominees for Worst Supporting Act