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Also Known As: Died: April 29, 2014
Born: October 26, 1942 Cause of Death: Pneumonia
Birth Place: Suffolk, England, GB Profession: Cast ...


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.

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