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Award winning English actor Bob Hoskins dead at 71

Bob Hoskins passed away Tuesday from pneumonia, he was 71 years old. Best known for his roles his the films "Mona Lisa" (which he won several awards and was nominated for an Academy Award), "Who Framed Roger Rabbit", "The Long Good Friday", "The Cotton Club", "Brazil", "Nixon" and "Mermaids". Hoskins was a versatile actor who could been seen in comedies, dramas and was a filmmaker in his own right. He was battling Parkinson's Disease during the final years of his life and retired from acting in 2012.

Life and career of Bob Hoskins.
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Bob Hoskins
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Born in Bury St. Edmunds, West Suffolk, England. Hoskins got into acting whilst audition at the Unity Theatre. For the next forty-three years he acted upon stage, television and cinema. He made his debut in 1972 appearing in the film "Up the Front" in a bit part and another minor role in the TV series "The Main Chance". Hoskins big breakout role would be in the film "The Long Good Friday" co-starring with Helen Mirren. For his part he would be nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Actor. Two years later he would be nominated for another BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor in the film "The Honorary Consul".

In 1987 Hoskins would finally win a BAFTA for BEst Actor in the Neil Jordan film "Mona Lisa". He would also win a Golden Globe and nominated for an Oscar for the role as well. But he would be best known in the United States for the part of Eddie Valiant in the film "Who Framed Roger Rabbit". Hoskins for the remainder of his career bounce back and forth between American and British productions.

Bob Hoskins was a fun and entertaining actor. They way he could switch from an cockney to american accents for his roles was amazing and how authentic he sounded whilst playing an American. He lived and interesting life (payed 20,000 pound sterling by Brian De Palma when Robert DeNiro did not decline the role of Al Capone in the film "The Untouchables", he worked in a circus in his 20's as a fire eater, ringmaster & clown and always poked fun at himself for being "5 foot 6 cubic" with a face my Mum wouldn't call pretty. He was a great actor who will sadly be missed.

Hoskins is survived by his second wife Linda Banwell and four children.

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