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R.I.P. Bob Hoskins (1942 – 2014)

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 10:51 am by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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Actor Bob Hoskins has passed away at the age of 71.  According to his agent (via Empire), Hoskins died of pneumonia in hospital on Tuesday. He had retired from acting in 2012 after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.  Hoskins had over 100 acting credits to his name, and his final on-screen performance was playing “Muir” in Snow White and the Huntsman.

Hoskins made a name for himself by portraying diverse and complex characters on both film and television. His breakthrough role came in the 1980 crime drama The Long Good Friday.  From there, he took on a diverse array of characters including turns in BrazilThe Cotton ClubNixon, and Hook.  He actually ended up playing Captain Hook’s sidekick Smee not only in Hook but again in the unrelated Peter Pan adaptation, the TV miniseries Neverland.

who-framed-roger-rabbit-still-300-thumb-300xauto-32633For me Bob Hoskins will always have a special place in my heart for his performance as P.I. Eddie Valiant in 1988′s Who Framed Roger Rabbit where he had the task of starring opposite cartoon characters, and having his character find the balance between being annoyed with their world and also being part of it.  The movie is celebrated for its groundbreaking visual effects, and it should be, but it would just be a demo reel without a strong story and Hoskins’ smart, grounded performance. Justin, Randy and I quote Roger Rabbit on a daily basis, and Hoskins grumpy foil to the titular animated screwball is what makes a good movie great.

Hoskins received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his turn as a pathetic ex-con in Neil Jordan‘s 1986 drama Mona Lisa.  There’s so much sadness, anger, betrayal, and even deranged naivety in the role that makes the character absolutely captivating and heartbreaking.

Our deepest condolences go out to Mr. Hoskins’ family and friends.  He is survived by his wife Linda, and his children Alex, Sarah, Rosa and Jack.

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