Bob Hoskins Dies: 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' Star Was 71

Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 12:12 PM

By Michael Mullins

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Bob Hoskins of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" and "Hook" fame died on Tuesday of pneumonia. He was 71.

"We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Bob," the actor's wife Linda and children Alex, Sarah, Rosa and Jack said in a statement, the BBC reported.

"Bob died peacefully at hospital last night surrounded by family, following a bout of pneumonia," the family's statement continued. "We ask that you respect our privacy during this time and thank you for your messages of love and support."

Hoskins begin his acting in 1969 when at the time he was a truck driver and part-time window cleaner. According to, Hoskins was waiting for a friend to finish an audition when he was asked to read a few lines. Hoskins wound up being landing the role.

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Over his 40-plus year career, Hoskins appeared in 144 movies and television shows, including "Mermaids," "Nixon," "Super Mario Bros.," and "Brazil" to name a few. Hoskins last film was the 2012 "Snow White and the Huntsman," where he played a dwarf starring alongside Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, and Charlize Theron.

Hoskins retired from acting the same year after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, the BBC reported.

In 1987, Hoskins won a British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards (BAFTA) and was Oscar nominated for his performance in the crime drama "Mona Lisa," in which he starred opposite Michael Caine and Robbie Coltrane.

"He was one of the nicest and best actors I have ever worked with," Caine said after his death, the BBC reported.

The sentiment was shared by Judi Dench, who told the, "I'm so very sorry to hear this news, and am thinking of his family at this sad time."

Hoskins is survived by his wife, Linda Banwell, and their four children.

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