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Bob Hoskins, Hard Boiled British Character Actor, Dies at 71

Bob Hoskins, who endeared fans with his hard-boiled characters, has died at 71.

Bob Hoskins, who endeared fans with his hard-boiled characters, has died at 71.

Bob Hoskins, who played a hard-boiled but endearing private detective in the hit live action animation movie “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” has died, according to his family. He was 71.

His family announced the death of the English actor today (Apr. 30) in a joint statement. The cause was pneumonia and complications from Parkinson’s disease.

“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,” the statement said.

Hoskins was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease two years ago.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” Scene

He retired from acting at the time after a long career playing playing gangsters, tough guys and regular characters in British and U.S. cinema.

Hoskins was nominated for an Oscar for his role in the 1986 film “Mona Lisa.” He played a cabbie who befriends a high-priced call girl. He won a BAFTA, the British equivalent of an Oscar, and a Golden Globe for his performance.

By far his best known role in the United States, however, was as detective Eddie Valiant in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.” The movie was filmed in noir style and set in the 1940s. Valiant is determined to prove a “toon,” Roger Rabbit, was innocent of a high-profile murder.

The Disney film was a commercial and critical success; it was the second-highest grossing film in 1988 and reignited interest in animated films.

The film’s plot also had political and social overtones. Some critics saw the movie as a metaphor for racial atmosphere in 1940s Hollywood.

Hoskins also landed other roles in U.S. pictures. He went on to star in such roles as Smee in 1991’s “Hook,” J. Edgar Hoover in the 1995 film “Nixon” and a gambler in the 2001 film “Last Orders.”

In Britain, his breakout role came as a Depression-era song-plugger in Dennis Potter’s miniseries “Pennies From Heaven.” He also appeared in the 1985 sci-fi fantasy film “Brazil,” with Robert Di Niro. The film became a cult classic.

In his last role, Hoskins played one of the seven dwarfs in the 2012 film “Snow White and the Huntsman,” starring Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth.

He announced his retirement afterward.

His wife Linda and children Alex, Sarah, Rosa and Jack asked for privacy and thanked well-wishers for their support.


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