'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?' Star Bob Hoskins Has Died at Age 71

April 30, 2014
Source: Chicago Tribune

Bob Hoskins

Nearly a couple years ago, British actor Bob Hoskins quietly retired from acting after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, the same affliction which Michael J. Fox has been fighting for years now. Hoskins wanted to spend more time with his family, but sadly, Chicago Tribune reports the star of favorite childhood films of mine like Hook and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? has passed away at 71 years old after succumbing to a bad bout of pneumonia. Hoskins has been acting for over 40 years, and while his more recognizable roles came in the late 80s and early 90s, he leaves behind an impressive array of performances.

Hoskins never took home an Academy Award, but a performance in Neil Jordan's Mona Lisa at least earned him a nomination, not to mention a win at the Golden Globes at BAFTAs. The actor also earned Golden Globe nominations for his perfect turn in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and also the very British comedy Mrs. Henderson Presents. But whether or not Hoskins was honored with awards and nominations, he was always a welcome presence in any film including Oliver Stone's Nixon, Francis Ford Coppola's The Cotton Club, Terry Gilliam's Brazil and more. Hoskins also wasn't past having a little bit of fun, even if it meant taking the lead in the tragic video game adaptation Super Mario Bros. or a cameo in the oddity Spice World.

More recently, Hoskins took to the motion-capture stage in Robert Zemeckis' adaptation of A Christmas Carol, and also shrunk down to play a dwarf in Snow White and the Huntsman, not to mention reprising the character Smee in the TV miniseries "Neverland" with Rhys Ifans and Anna Friel.  This is truly a sad loss for the entertainment world, mostly because Hoskins chose to finally leave acting to spend time with his family, but was only away from his work for a couple years before passing away. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family. Rest in peace.

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  • cuckoozey
    The Long Good Friday (1980) RIP
  • grimjob
    Awards don't mean shit. This man was awesome, and will be missed. RIP "Here's to the pencil pushers. May they all get lead poisoning."
  • Terry Craig
    He was also amazing in the overlooked wonderful film "Twenty Four Seven," directed by Shane Meadows. Condolences to his family and friends.
  • Brian Sleider
  • Rock n Rollllll
    Terrible news. RIP buddy.
  • Xerxexx
    Will be definitely missed. RIP Mr. Hoskins.
  • Cocaino Weaver
    RIP Mario
  • Akirakorn
    He was a racist cop with the heart of Denzel Washington... Heart Condition (1990). King Kong 'aint got shit on the guy that 'aint got shit on you! RIP Mr. Hoskins, and thank you for memories.
  • son_et_lumiere
    Mona Lisa, Roger Rabbit and The Long Good Friday. not a bad three leads for any one career. RIP, sir. condolences for sure, but let's remember, treasure (and rewatch) the performances as much as we mourn the loss.
  • S freud
    Also earned BAFTA nomination for his debut in the Potter series Pennies From Heaven, a masterpiece of television, a legendary full scale performance.
    Man this is sad. Hoskins was one of the first actors I was able to really recognize on screen. Sad news. Most sad.
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit and 24 7: Twenty Four Seven are two movies that stick in my head. Great actor. RIP
  • Mr. Bickle
    They can never truly keep Harold Shand down! Rest easy, good sir.
  • SkyNet300
    R.I.P. So sad to hear this news:( He was so great in UNLEASHED with Jet Li. Always thought he'd be a good Penguin for a Batman film.
  • Edward Curtis
    I watched 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' today in Mr. Hoskins' memory. (And just as a nerdy nitpick, the film's title does NOT have a question mark in it, though the book it was based on, "Who Censored Roger Rabbit?", does.)




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