Bob Hoskins

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For his role as a prostitute's minder in Mona Lisa, Hoskins won a BAFTA, the best actor award at Cannes and an Oscar nomination. Not bad for a man who fell into acting aged 25 when allegedly persuaded to read for a play by a friend in a pub. Born into a solid working class family, Hoskins left school at 15 before embarking on a highly itinerant career: his biographies list a Covent garden porter, fire-eater, steeplejack and banana picker before the theatre gig.

Hoskins' trademark was a fierce commitment to his roles, the best example being the role that brought him to fame - the volcanic gangster in The Long Good Friday. The role that broke him in the States was his loveable P.I. in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Born: October 26, 1942 in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England, UK

Died: April 29, 2014 (at the age of 71) in London, England, UK

Nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for Mona Lisa in 1987, for which he also won the Golden Globe and BAFTA for Best Actor.



1996 Movies Michael (1996, John Travolta, Andie MacDowell) as Vartan Malt
1987 Movies Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, The (Handmade 1987, Maggie Smith, Bob Hoskins) as James Madden
1980 Movies Long Good Friday, The (1980, Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren) as Harold