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Actor Bob Hoskins has died of pneumonia at the age of 71, his agent has reported.
The brilliant shining star has appeared in more films that I could mentioned and was nominated for a best actor Oscar in 1987 for crime drama Mona Lisa opposite Sir Michael Caine and Robbie Coltrane. He also appeared in easily one of the best UK films around. The Long Good Friday in 1980. People also know him from Who Framed Roger Rabbit and a whole host of other films.
Bob announced he was retiring from acting in 2012 after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and whilst we missed him from our screens, we were still happy that he was around. Its with such a sadness today that we hear that he has passed on.
My thoughts not only go out to his family, his friends, but also to every single fan of the work Bob Hoskins has done.
From his first screen performance in 1972 in The Main Chance, to his most recent appearance in 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsmen.
Bob, you are a legend. Over 114 acting credits to your name. The world is a better place for having had you in it.
I first remember seeing Bob Hoskins in The Long Good Friday, a gritty UK gangster film. I still love that film to this day and might well end up watching it this afternoon. Its a film I never tire of and you can also spot early roles for Pierce Brosnan and Helen Mirren.
Looking through Bobs filmography, I dont even think I could select a top 5 or a Top 10, perhaps I could manage a 50 best roles. He created so many wonderful characters in such a variety of films. Whether it be in Terry Gilliams Brazil, or the role of a priest in A Prayer for the Dying, perhaps even some of you liked the film Super Marios Brothers. Well, perhaps not.
Of course I think its always going to be films like Roger Rabbit, Hook, and Mermaids that he will be known for by most casual film fans.
Id also suggest that you check out some of the smaller films that has helped create with fantastic roles in such titles as Made in Dagenham, Twenty Four Seven, A Room For Romeo Brass, Last Orders and Unleashed.
Bob Hoskins has always been (and always will be) such an icon in the film world, especially the UK film world, up there with the likes of Michael Caine and Ray Winstone.