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    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/film-news/10798551/Bob-Hoskins-dies-at-71.html

    Actor Bob Hoskins has died at the age of 71 suffering from pneumonia, his
    agent has confirmed.

    Hoskins retired from acting in 2012 at the age of 69 after being diagnosed
    with Parkinson’s disease.

    The Oscar-nominated star of The Long Good Friday, Mona Lisa and Who Framed
    Roger Rabbit was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in the autumn of 2011.

    His family released a statement saying he died last night in hospital.

    His wife Linda and children Alex, Sarah, Rosa and Jack said: “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.”

    The star, who was born Suffolk after his mother was evacuated from London,
    grew up in north London and left school aged 15 to work in a series of odd
    jobs including as a porter, lorry driver and window cleaner while dreaming
    of getting into acting.

    He then did a three-year accountancy course but dropped out.

    He claimed he got his big break by accident after being mistakenly called for
    a theatre audition when he accompanied his friend in 1968 and was mistaken
    for a candidate.

    But he proved a natural and stage success lead him into television and small
    film parts.

    His breakthrough role came in Dennis Potter’s 1978 series Pennies From Heaven
    in which he played the lovelorn sheet music salesman Arthur Parker.

    His portrayal of doomed London gangster Harold Shand in The Long Good Friday
    made him a film star and he followed it with stand-out roles in Mona Lisa
    and The Cotton Club.

    Hoskins’s father was a shy man, a bookkeeper; his mother, a nursery school
    cook, was more of an extrovert. Bob was their only child, born in 1942.

    By the mid-1980s he was an established Hollywood star with appearances in
    blockbusters including Who Framed Roger Rabbit and opposite Cher in
    Mermaids.

    The diminutive actor with the gravelly cockney accent – who often played
    rough-edged characters with a heart of gold – was also familiar to millions
    for his ad campaign for British Telecom in which he told viewers: “It’s
    good to talk”.

    One role he is said to have regretted was playing one of the Super Mario Bros
    in the film of the same name based on the hit computer game.

    He had a better time with a role he did not win – when a proposed move to
    replace Robert De Niro as Al Capone in The Untouchables fell through he was
    given a £20,000 pay-off by director Brian De Palma, prompting Hoskins to ask
    if he had any more films he did not want him to be in.

    He continued to work steadily – appearing alongside Dame Judi Dench in wartime
    drama Mrs Henderson Presents, playing one of the seven dwarfs in Snow White
    And The Huntsman, starring Kristen Stewart, and appearing in British films
    including Made In Dagenham and Outside Bet.

    The star – who had been married to his second wife, Linda, for more than 30
    years – also moved into directing with The Raggedy Rawney and Rainbow.

    Despite his flourishing big-screen career, Hoskins took a role in Jimmy
    McGovern’s BBC1 series The Street in 2009, winning an international Emmy.

    In 2010 Hoskins turned down the chance to appear in a lucrative Hollywood role
    because he did not want to miss his daughter’s wedding.

    And in 2009, keen to play down his fame, he
    told the Daily Telegraph
    :
    “Actors are just entertainers, even the
    serious ones. That’s all an actor is. He’s like a serious Bruce Forsyth.”

    He also said he had no film posters in his house, not even for Mona Lisa,
    which saw him nominated for an Oscar. He says he rarely watches the films he
    has starred in, and having made more than 80 cannot remember which ones he
    has been in.

    After the news was announced just after 1.30pm on Wednesday, tributes to the
    actor were posted on Twitter.

    Stephen Fry said: “Oh no, Bob Hoskins. Gone? That’s awful news. The Long
    Good Friday one of the best British movies of the modern era. A marvellous
    man.”

    Vicky McClure, a Nottingham actress, wrote: “Just heard the very sad news
    Bob Hoskins has died. He was one of the best. I feel honoured to have met &
    worked with him. RIP Bob. XX”

    Time Out Film also posted: “Really tragic news about Bob Hoskins. A great
    man and a damn fine actor. Gor bless you, Mr ‘Oskins.”

    “RIP Bob Hoskins, ‘Long Good Friday’ one of the best movies ever made!
    You will be missed”, said Martin Kemp.

    Gok Wan added: “RIP Mr Bob Hoskins…You entertained me throughout my
    childhood. What an incredible actor. So sad.”

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    Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    Man, this is devastating. I was hoping that he would come out of retirement and start acting again, but, unfortunately, that dream is dead. 

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    Atypical
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    Oh no. Tragic news to start the day. Bob Hoskins was a great character actor in so many different kinds of roles. He’ll be missed.

    RIP.

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    Ghost
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    This sucks, RIP 🙁 Will definitely be watching Roger Rabbit tonight.

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    GraysWay
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    He will be VERY missed 🙁  Glad we can look back on all of his films with a smile!

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    Nessie
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    Such a fine actor and such sad news. Mona Lisa and The Long Good Friday are among my favourite films ever.

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    babypook
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    Very sad news. A great, versatile actor.

    Thanks for all of your great works. RIP

    “The very thought of you and I forget to do

    The little ordinary things that everyone ought to do
    I’m living in a kind of daydream
    I’m happy as a king
    And foolish though it may seem
    To me that’s everything”  Ray Noble

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    Eddy Q
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    So, so brilliant in Mona Lisa – he won everything except the Oscar for that one! And he nearly knocked me dead, not just the toons, in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. This is the kind of acting that deserves awards consideration but never gets it, especially considering he was required to physically and verbally react to something that wasn’t there on set. R.I.P.

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    So I guess he won’t be in that Who Framed Roger Rabbit sequel… damn.

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    babypook
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    According to Tim Molloy Hoskins was Chris Claremont’s first choice to play  Wolverine in X-Men. He saId Hoskins “captrued the essence of Wolverine”.

    Producer James Cameron, directed by Kathryn Bigelow, and starring Angela Bassett as Storm.

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    DD
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    Wow. R.I.P. What a great actor. He was magnificent in everything I saw him in.

    I’d argue that Hoskins was the victim of “a makeup Oscar.” Most thought he should’ve won the Oscar in ’86 and he had the precursors, but Paul Newman was so ridiculously overdue. Since it was Hoskins’ first nomination and his career was hot, I bet many thought he’d be nominated again and eventually win. It’s a shame that he was never nominated again.

    Newman should’ve won on any of his first four nominations, though I think he should’ve won for “Cool Hand Luke.” (I personally don’t care for “In the Heat of the Night” so I didn’t think Steiger was worthy of the win.)

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    babypook
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    Wow. R.I.P. What a great actor. He was magnificent in everything I saw him in.

    I’d argue that Hoskins was the victim of “a makeup Oscar.” Most thought he should’ve won the Oscar in ’86 and he had the precursors, but Paul Newman was so ridiculously overdue. Since it was Hoskins’ first nomination and his career was hot, I bet many thought he’d be nominated again and eventually win. It’s a shame that he was never nominated again.

    Newman should’ve won on any of his first four nominations, though I think he should’ve won for “Cool Hand Luke.” (I personally don’t care for “In the Heat of the Night” so I didn’t think Steiger was worthy of the win.)

     

    Jordan’s Mona Lisa is a near masterpiece; and if I may drop the political correctness, the film may seem more accessible now (maybe), Academy voters are generally just too stoopid and too cowardly to hail a deserving film such as this. Give ’em Argo instead.

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    Sab227
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    What a legend, He will be missed. RIP.

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    Gabriel
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    I will always associate him with Roger Rabbit. God, I must have watched that film countless times as a kid.

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    vinny
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    Loved this guy. I always think of Super Mario Brothers when I think of him. That is forever one of my favorite movies.

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