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
OSCARS AND OTHER AWARDS
Nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for Mona Lisa in 1987, for which he also won the Golden Globe and BAFTA for Best Actor.
MOVIE AND TV CREDITS
|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|