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Vale – Bob Hoskins

Bob Hoskins - 1942-2014
Bob Hoskins – 1942-2014

British actor Bob Hoskins, who starred in Robert Zemeckis’ Who Framed Roger Rabbit, has passed away.

Hoskins appeared in numerous Hollywood and British film productions, none more so popular than the 1989 live-action/animated hit about a cartoon rabbit accused of murdering a human; he won a BAFTA and a Golden Globe for his role in Mona Lisa in 1986 – he was nominated for an Oscar for the same film – and would appear alongside Cher and Winona Ryder in Mermaids, Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman in Hook (he played Smee), Judi Dench in Mrs Henderson Presents, and most recently – in his final film role – as one of the “dwarves” in Snow White & The Huntsman.

His film appearances are too numerous to account for entirely here, but other roles include films such as Super Mario Bros, Michael (opposite John Travolta), Nixon (as J Edgar Hoover), Enemy At The Gates (as Russian leader Nikita Khrushchev), opposite Jet Li in the violent actioner Unleashed, and as a member of the Ben Affleck starring Hollywoodland.

Mr Hoskins passed away on April 29th from pneumonia. He had also been suffering from Parkinson’s Disease since 2011. He was 71.

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    • Running down his filmography I did become a little annoyed with myself at the number of projects he appeared in that I hadn\’t seen. Roger Rabbit and a handful of others doesn\’t really do justice to his work. And I do need to see The Long Good Friday….

  1. As a kid (and somewhat still) I REALLY loved Who Framed Roger Rabbit. I though it was one of the most amazing movies. I later found out it was one of the most expensive of such movies but that it also failed at the box office.

    Still it's very sad to see that Bob has passed away, coughing his lungs out 🙁
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    • Well, I\’m not sure he went out hacking up a lung, but it\’s most definitely sad to see him go. I really think Roger Rabbit is one of the technically brilliant films of our age, and I don\’t think it will ever be repeated. I cannot understand why it didn\’t do as well at the box-office as it should have, but I think it was more to do with the tonally dark nature of the \”Human\” aspect of the story.

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Vale – Bob Hoskins

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