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Actor Bob Hoskins dies at 71

Actor Bob Hoskins dies at 71

LOS ANGELES, April 30 (UPI) -- Actor Bob Hoskins, most famous for his role in "Who framed Roger Rabbit?", died Tuesday at 71 after battling a bout of pneumonia, says his publicist.
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Julie Walters set for Richard Harris honor at the BIFAs

Julie Walters set for Richard Harris honor at the BIFAs

LONDON, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Actress Julie Walters is to be honored at Sunday's Moet British Independent Film Awards in London, organizers announced.

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Bob Hoskins retires from acting

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LONDON, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Britain's Bob Hoskins announced Wednesday he is suffering from Parkinson's disease and is retiring from acting at the age of 69.
Izzard, Hoskins up for 'Snow White' roles

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LOS ANGELES, June 21 (UPI) -- Eddie Izzard, Bob Hoskins and Toby Jones are in talks for roles in "Snow White and the Huntsman," The Hollywood Reporter said Tuesday.
Stars line up for Peter Pan prequel

Stars line up for Peter Pan prequel

NEW YORK, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Rhys Ifans, Anna Friel, Bob Hoskins, Raoul Trujillo and Charlie Rowe are to star in a Peter Pan prequel miniseries shooting in Italy and Ireland, Syfy said.

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Affleck plays 'Superman' Reeves in film

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Vicar says no to 'Outlaw' shoot

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Alan Cummings launches own fragrance

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British actor Bob Hoskins attends the British premiere of Mrs Hendersons presents at Vue,Leicester square in London on November 23, 2005. (UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)
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Robert William "Bob" Hoskins, Jr. (born 26 October 1942) is an English actor, known for playing Cockney rough diamonds, psychopaths and gangsters, in films such as The Long Good Friday (1980), and Mona Lisa (1986), and lighter roles in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) and Hook (1991).

Hoskins was born in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England, the son of Elsie Lillian (née Hopkins), a cook and nursery-school teacher, and Robert William Hoskins, Sr., a bookkeeper and lorry (truck) driver. One of Hoskins's grandmothers was a Romani. His father, a Communist, brought up Hoskins as an atheist, and he now describes himself as an agnostic. In 1967, aged 25, Hoskins spent a short period of time in kibbutz Zikim in Israel (though he is not Jewish). In a recent interview, Hoskins stated that he owed his parents his 'Confidence. My mum used to say to me, "If somebody doesn't like you, fuck 'em, they've got bad taste." '

Hoskins's acting career started in London in the late 1960s when he was sitting in a pub enjoying a beer when someone came up to him and told him to go upstairs to audition for a play, which he did, and landed the role. His first major television role was in On the Move (1978), an educational series intended to tackle adult illiteracy, in which he played Alf, a removal man who had problems reading and writing. In the same year, he came to wider attention in the original BBC version of Dennis Potter's drama Pennies from Heaven as sheet music salesman Arthur Parker. Later, he played Iago in Jonathan Miller's BBC Television Shakespeare production of Othello.

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