British actor Bob Hoskins, whose varied career credits ranged from his Oscar-nominated turn in Neil Jordan‘s noir drama Mona Lisa to animated fantasy Who Framed Roger Rabbit has died. He was 71.
The star, who was born in Suffolk after his mother was evacuated from London during World War II, grew up in North London and left school at age 15 to work at a series of odd jobs — including as a porter, lorry driver and window cleaner — while dreaming of getting into acting.
Hoskins’s Hollywood breakthrough came when he played a detective investigating cartoon crime in the part-animated 1988 hit Who Framed Roger Rabbit. He also played the pirate Smee in Steven Spielberg‘s 1991 Peter Pan movie Hook.
In 2012 Hoskins announced that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and was retiring from acting after completing work in his last role as one of the seven dwarves in the Kristen Stewart starrer Snow White and the Huntsman.
“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Bob,” said a statement from wife Linda and children Alex, Sarah, Rosa and Jack.
The tributes began to flow across social media shortly after the statement of his death was released.
TV presenter and comedian Stephen Fry tweeted: “Oh no, Bob Hoskins. Gone? That’s awful news. The Long Good Friday is one of the best British movies of the modern era. A marvellous man.”
Hoskins was BAFTA-film-nominated twice prior to his Mona Lisa win, for The Honorary Consul in 1984 and The Long Good Friday in 1982.
Mr. Hoskins was also nominated for a TV BAFTA for his role in Dennis Potter‘s BBC musical drama Pennies From Heaven.