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