Bob Hoskins, 68, was born in Bury St Edmunds and raised in London. Having left school at 15, he worked as a porter, lorry driver and window cleaner. In 1968, he accompanied a friend to a play audition and ended up with the lead. Ten years later, he starred in his first TV drama, Dennis Potter's Pennies From Heaven, and in 1980 he made his major film debut with The Long Good Friday. He went on to star in The Cotton Club in 1984 and Mona Lisa in 1986, a performance that earned him an Oscar nomination. He is in Neverland, a Peter Pan prequel, on Sky Movies Premiere HD on 8 and 15 July.
We're very sad to report that Bob Hoskins, who starred in the likes of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Hook, Brazil and in his final role, Snow White and the Huntsman, has died from pneumonia at age 71
69-year-old actor Bob Hoskins announced today he is retiring from acting after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Here is the statement from his agent:
"Bob Hoskins wishes to announce that he will be retiring from acting, following his diagnosis of Parkinson's disease last autumn. He wishes to thank all the great and brilliant people he has worked with over the years, and all of his fans who have supported him during a wonderful career. Bob is now looking forward to his retirement with his family, and would greatly appreciate that his privacy be respected at this time."
Hoskins' career included roles in films such as Who Framed Roger Rabitt, Hook, The Long Good Friday and Mona Lisa. He last appeared in Snow White and the Huntsman.
There are no small parts in Hollywood. But these days there are plenty of dwarf roles to go around.
Universal is ramping up its casting of the warrior dwarfs in its high-profile Snow White and the Huntsman action adventure movie, with Eddie Izzard, Bob Hoskins and Toby Jones in negotiations to board the movie.
Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes) and Steven Graham are in negotiations to play dwarves in the film as well.