Bob Hoskins, well-known British actor passed away Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at the age of 71.
A statement was release on behalf of his family, Wednesday, saying that he had died peacefully of pneumonia at the hospital where he was being cared for. Passing just a mere two years after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, which resulted in him retiring from acting.
Bob Hoskins is best known for the 1988 hit, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit, a live-action and animation hit, based in Los Angeles in the 1940’s. Hoskins played Eddie Valiant, a detective with a grudge against toons, who get sweep up in the ultimate murder mystery involving a cartoon rabbit. An exceptional piece of art, the movie landed the honor of being the second highest grossing movie in 1988 behind “Rain Man.”
Hoskins was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of a cabdriver who befriends a high-priced call girl, (Cathy Tyson), in the film “Mona Lisa,” (1986) which also stared Sir Michael Cain. He won both a Golden Globe and a British Academy of Film and Television Arts award, (BAFTA) for this performance. Spreading his acting wings he played Smee in the 1991 version of “Hook” alongside, Robin Williams, Julia Roberts, and Dustin Hoffman. After which he portrayed J. Edgar Hoover in “Nixon” (1995). Then in 2001 his once again teamed up with Sir Michael Cain as his friend in “Last Orders”, where Ray (Hoskins) and friends gather to spread Vic (Cain) ashes after his death.
The only child of Robert William Hoskins, Sr. a bookkeeper and lorry driver and Elsie Lillian Hoskins, a nursery school teacher and cook living in Bury St. Edmunds, England, Bob Hoskins grace the world with his presence October 26, 1942. He took jobs as a window cleaner and a truck driver, among other odd jobs after dropping out of school at 15.
In 1968 he unknowingly stumbled into the event that would change his life forever. Accompanying a friend to an audition, Hoskins was asked to try out and the rest is history. A chance meeting put him at the right place and lead to many great accomplishments in his life. Although he was only 71 when he passed away, Hoskins had to be proud of such a legacy.
Hoskins leaves behind his wife, Linda Banwell and their two children, Rosa and Jack and also Alex and Sarah, his two children from his first marriage to Jane Livesey. With a career spanning over four-decades Hoskins is credited for over 100 roles spanning through movies, television, and voice-overs.
Once telling the UK paper, “The Telegraph” back in 2009, “I fit into this business like a sore foot into a soft shoe.” Not having any formal training in the craft, he felt that he should learn to act. In the end he stated that he realized actors were just entertainers, no matter what role they take on.
Bob Hoskins will live on through his family, friends, and the many roles he took on. Gracing the industry in his first role back in 1972 to his finally role in 2012, fans will forever remember his legacy. Over 40 years in the film business the 71-year-old Hoskins had accomplished things most will never know in their own lifetime. Although he passed away quietly, Bob Hoskins voice was heard worldwide.
By Virginia Snowden