Some sad news here. Actor Bob Hoskins has died of pneumonia at the age of 71. His wife Linda and children Alex, Sarah, Rosa and Jack have said, in a statement:
“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Bob. Bob died peacefully at hospital last night surrounded by family, following a bout of pneumonia.We ask that you respect our privacy during this time and thank you for your messages of love and support.”
Hoskins, already a stage and TV actor, first broke into films in 1974’s Inserts, but didn’t have his big breakthrough until Dennis Potter’s mini TV series Pennies From Heaven, playing Arthur Parker the doomed salesman. After this, a string of high-profile and successful films followed, starting with his true major movie debut in 1980’s The Long Good Friday as the gangster Harold Shand. This was followed by such works as The Cotton Club, Mona Lisa which won him an Oscar nomination as well as a BAFTA award, Cannes Film Festival and Golden Globe, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Mermaids, Hook, Nixon, Felicia’s Journey, and Enemy at the Gates.
Two of my favourite Hoskins performances are Uncle Bart, the psychopathic and violent “owner” of Jet Li in Unleashed, and his great comic turn as Spoor the repair man in Brazil. He also directed himself in Rainbow. Though he rarely acted without his cockney accent, he played a large variety of parts. His last role was as Muir, one of the eight dwarves in 2012’s Snow White And The Huntsman, after which he retired from acting when diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.