R.I.P. Bob Hoskins

By April 30, 2014
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Beloved British actor Bob Hoskins has reportedly passed away from pneumonia at the age of 71.

The BBC reports that the performer – who retired from show business back in 2012, after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease – died on Tuesday in the hospital, “surrounded by family.”

The outlet also shared a statement from the actor’s wife Linda and children Alex, Sarah, Rosa and Jack, which read in part: “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Bob…Bob died peacefully at hospital last night surrounded by family, following a bout of pneumonia…We ask that you respect our privacy during this time and thank you for your messages of love and support.”

Hoskins was best known to an entire generation of movie fans as Eddie Valiant in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and Smee in Hook, but the actor was also a professionally trained and heavily lauded dramatic actor. Among a number of awards nominations, the actor won a BAFTA Award and was nominated for an Oscar for his role in the 1987 crime drama Mona Lisa. He was also nominated for another pair of BAFTAs, back in 1984 and 1982.

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Hoskins’ unique ability to perform both very comedic roles and highly dramatic ones was a rarity, and he will no doubt be missed, both professionally and personally.

The BBC also shared a number of remembrances of the actor, including word from actress Vicky McClure, who worked with Hoskins in A Room for Romeo Brass, who said: “He was one of the best. I feel honoured to have met & worked with him.” Sherlock creator and actor Mark Gatiss, who starred alongside Hoskins in The Wind in the Willows, tweeted a picture of the two together, calling Hoskins “a true gent and an inspiration.” Stephen Fry added on his own Twitter account: “That’s awful news. The Long Good Friday [is] one of the best British movies of the modern era. A marvellous man.”

Hoskins’ last role was in 2012’s Snow White and The Huntsman, where he quite charmingly played one of the dwarves.

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Kate Erbland
Kate Erbland is a staff writer for movie news and reviews at GeekNation. Her work can also be found at Film School Rejects, ScreenCrush, Vanity Fair, The Dissolve, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, amNewYork, New York Daily News, Dame Magazine, Mental Floss, Film.com, MSN Movies, and Boxoffice Magazine. She lives in New York City with two cats, two turtles, one boyfriend, and a frightening number of sensible canvas totes.