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Also Known As: Robert William Hoskins Died:
Born: October 26, 1942 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Suffolk, England, GB Profession: actor, director, screenwriter, circus fire eater, steeplejack, porter, seaman

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Private eyes, gangsters, working class toughs - English actor Bob Hoskins excelled at them all during an international stage and screen career that concurrently showcased the everyman's ability to pass as American, Italian or even Russian. His breakout leading role in the gritty British thriller "The Long Good Friday" (1980) established Hoskins' streetwise charm, and from there, the following he had acquired on British television and the stages of London's West End spread internationally. A New York mobster in Francis Ford Coppola's "Cotton Club" (1984), Hoskins lent an emotional depth to the ex-con he portrayed in Neil Jordan's "Mona Lisa" (1986), earning a Golden Globe Award for his performance and returning to the ceremony two years later as a nominee for one of the era's most inventive comedies, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" (1988). For a man who self-deprecatingly referred to himself as "5 foot six and cubic," Hoskins was perpetually booked, disappearing chameleon-like into portrayals of world leaders and charismatic self-starters like the role that earned him an Academy Award nomination opposite Judi Dench in "Mrs. Henderson Presents" (2005). Hoskins' gregarious charm and ability to bring...

Private eyes, gangsters, working class toughs - English actor Bob Hoskins excelled at them all during an international stage and screen career that concurrently showcased the everyman's ability to pass as American, Italian or even Russian. His breakout leading role in the gritty British thriller "The Long Good Friday" (1980) established Hoskins' streetwise charm, and from there, the following he had acquired on British television and the stages of London's West End spread internationally. A New York mobster in Francis Ford Coppola's "Cotton Club" (1984), Hoskins lent an emotional depth to the ex-con he portrayed in Neil Jordan's "Mona Lisa" (1986), earning a Golden Globe Award for his performance and returning to the ceremony two years later as a nominee for one of the era's most inventive comedies, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" (1988). For a man who self-deprecatingly referred to himself as "5 foot six and cubic," Hoskins was perpetually booked, disappearing chameleon-like into portrayals of world leaders and charismatic self-starters like the role that earned him an Academy Award nomination opposite Judi Dench in "Mrs. Henderson Presents" (2005). Hoskins' gregarious charm and ability to bring humanness to heavies made him a much-loved player in both Hollywood and his native U.K. His death from pneumonia on April 29, 2014, two years after he retired from acting due to Parkinson's Disease, brought tributes from fellow actors and directors across the entire film industry.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Tube Tales (1999) Director ("My Father The Liar")
2.
  Rainbow (1997) Director
3.
  Raggedy Rawney, The (1988) Director
4.
  Fatal Caper, A (1996) Director

CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Will (2012)
3.
 Outside Bet (2011)
4.
 Made in Dagenham (2010)
6.
 Outlaw (2008)
7.
 Doomsday (2008)
8.
 Ruby Blue (2008)
9.
 Go Go Tales (2007)
10.
 Sparkle (2007)
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Raised in North London, England
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Performed odd jobs and traveled extensively as a youth
1968:
Made stage debut in "Feather Pluckers"
1972:
TV acting debut, "Villains on the High Road" (London Weekend Television); an episode of the series "Villains"
1973:
Feature debut, "The National Health"
1974:
Co-starred on the comedy series "Thick as Thieves" (LWT)
1978:
Starred in the popular BBC miniseries "Pennies From Heaven," scripted by Dennis Potter
1980:
Appeared opposite France de la Tour in the ATV series "Flickers"
1980:
Delivered strong turn as a British gangster in "The Long Good Friday"
1982:
Scored a triumph as Nathan Detroit in the West End production of the stage musical "Guys and Dolls"
1982:
Featured as a Rock and Roll Manager in "Pink Floyd The Wall," written by Pink Floyd vocalist and bassist Roger Waters
1984:
Cast as nighclub owner Owney Madden in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Cotton Club"
1985:
Appeared in Terry Gilliam's "Brazil"
1985:
U.S. miniseries debut, played the title character in HBO's "Mussolini: The Decline and Fall of Il Duce"
1986:
Played an American screenwriter in Alan Alda's "Sweet Liberty"
1986:
Earned critical acclaim as a cab driver who falls in love with a prostitute in "Mona Lisa"; nominated for a Best Actor Oscar
1987:
Starred opposite Maggie Smith in "The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne"
1988:
Made feature directorial and screenwriting debut with "The Raggedy Rawney"; also starred
1988:
First mainstream American film, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit"
1990:
Romanced Cher in "Mermaids"
1991:
Cast as the pirate Smee in Steven Spielberg's "Hook"
1993:
First U.S. TV-movie, the Russell Mulcahy directed "Blue Ice" for HBO
1993:
Teamed with John Leguizamo for the big-budget disappointment "Super Mario Bros."
1994:
Portrayed Winston Churchill in the NBC miniseries "World War II: When Lions Roared"
1995:
Portrayed J. Edgar Hoover in Oliver Stone's "Nixon"
1996:
TV directorial debut (also starred), "A Fatal Caper" episode of "Tales From the Crypt"
1996:
Directed (also starred) the family adventure film "Rainbow"
1996:
Returned to the London stage to star in "Old Wicked Songs"
1996:
Played a tabloid editor in "Michael"
1997:
Landed acclaimed screen role as the owner of a boxing club in Shane Meadows' "TwentyFourSeven"
1999:
Re-teamed with Shane Meadows for a cameo role as a teacher in "A Room for Romeo Brass"
1999:
Earned plaudits for his performance as a serial killer in Atom Egoyan's "Felicia's Journey"
2000:
Portrayed Sancho Panza in the TNT production "Don Quixote"
2000:
Starred as the Panamanian dictator in "Noriega: God's Favorite" (Showtime)
2001:
Played Nikita Khruschev in the war drama "Enemy at the Gates"
2002:
Appeared as a paternal butler in "Maid in Manhattan"
2003:
Featured in the period romance "The Sleeping Dictionary"
2004:
Portrayed Bobby Darin's (Kevin Spacey) brother in law in "Beyond the Sea," a biopic of the legendary signer Bobby Darin
2005:
Co-starred with Jet Li in "Unleased," written by Luc Besson
2005:
Co-starred (also produced) in "Mrs. Henderson Presents," directed by Stephen Frears; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor
2006:
Played MGM studio executive Eddie Mannix in "Hollywoodland"
2008:
Co-starred in the science fiction film "Doomsday"
2009:
Lent his voice to Robert Zemeckis' animated adaptation of "A Christmas Carol"
2012:
Cast as one of the eight dwarfs in "Snow White and the Huntsman" opposite Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron
2012:
Announced retirement from acting due to Parkinson¿s disease
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Education

Central School of Speech and Drama: London , England -

Notes

Hoskins on getting his first role: "I was three parts pissed. We were going to a party. And this bloke comes around and says: 'Right. You're next. Have you seen the script?' ... And I got the leading part." The play was "The Feather Pluckers" (1968)

Hoskins on portraying J. Edgar Hoover: "As the most evil man in the world. I don't know anybody like him. And if I f***ing did, I'd run a mile." --in The Advocate, January 23, 1996

"You get up one morning, you're feeling miserable, you go for a walk in the park. Bloke comes up to you and says, 'Thought you were great last night. Good luck.' Perfect stranger. Well, I mean, what could be nicer than that? Sets you up. Suddenly, things don't seem so bad. Wonderful. That is wonderful." --Bob Hoskins

Hoskins was Brian De Palma's second choice to play Al Capone in "The Untouchables" if Robert De Niro was unavailable. Reportedly the director sent a six-figure check to Hoskins for "being a great stand-by".

"My childhood was happy, but I was a rebellious kid. I was a teenager in the '60s, when pop culture and American rock'n'roll were arriving in Britain in a big way, and I wanted to have a good time so I quit school when I was 15. My idea of a good time was sex and travel, so I bummed around the Middle East and wound up on a kibbutz in Israel. I lasted there until they told me I had to join the army." --Hoskins to Los Angeles Times, April 25, 1998.

About his concerns working on "TwentyFourSeven", which featured several local youths in their first film roles: "I was terrified that he guys would see me as this ridiculous old ... film star--but they didn't. I was accepted and we just got on with it.

"At my age, when you realize you ... can still run with a gang--that does a lot for your ego." --Bob Hopskins quoted in Daily News, April 19, 1998.

"The closest thing I know about appearance is my chin when I shave in the morning. I'm not obsessed with youth. I was born old." --Hoskins to the London Times, March 26, 1998.

"I learned to act through watching women. I hadn't had any training at all and suddenly I was a professional actor, thinking, 'I've got to learn how to do this', so I started to watch actors, but I wasn't learning anything. Then I started to watch women. Like, drama is about private moments that we don't express. That's why we pay to go see them ... to see people's private moments. Men are useless in expressing those feelings. Women have an emotional honesty and integrity which men haven't got. It's got nothing to do with femininity, it's just an honesty. Also there's this strange thing of men, even actors, not liking to show that they're capable of very, very deep affection... because it's vulnerable. So for a bloke, especially one looking like me, to show it, I suppose it's a bit more unusual." --Bob Hoskins quoted in Empire, May 1999.

"I love Hollywood. It pays you a lot of money, makes you very famous and treats you like the Crown Jewels. England is a funny place. It does have a class system. It does become wearying that whenever you walk into a room and open your mouth and out comes a Cockney accent, they lock up the silver and send the women upstairs." --Hoskins to Newsday, November 7, 1999.

Hoskins on being approached by director Roger Spottiswoode to play Manuel Noriega: "He said, 'Listen Bob, this was the ugliest man in South America. he was a megalomaniac, an appalling man - and you are the only actor in the world who can play him.' I didn't know whether to be flattered or to hit him!" -- to London's Evening Standard, January 14, 2000.

"You don't go to Hollywood for art, you go for fame and fortune. So I put the money in the bank, and I did the things ... When you work in Hollywood and you become a Hollywood star earning a Hollywood fee, you put yourself out of reach. So people don't even approach you, or you don't get to hear about [interesting smaller projects]. It's up to you to make a radical decision and change the circumstances. And I did." --Hoskins quoted in the Boston Herald, April 1, 2000.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Jane Livesey. Married in 1967; divorced c. 1978.
wife:
Linda Hoskins. Former school teacher. Met in 1980; married c. 1981.

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father:
Robert Hoskins. Clerical worker. Described in the London <i>Times</i>, March 26, 1998 as "a communist and an atheist".
mother:
Elise Hoskins. School cook. Died c. 1995.
son:
Alex Hoskins. Mother, Jane Livesey.
daughter:
Sarah Hoskins. Mother, Jane Livesey.
daughter:
Rosa Hoskins. Mother, Linda Banwell.
son:
Jack Hoskins. Born c. 1984; mother, Linda Banwell.
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