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Actor Bob Hoskins attends the 63rd Venice Film Festival on August 31, 2006 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Elisabetta Villa/Getty Images) Photo: Video by Getty Videos

British actor Bob Hoskins dead at 71

By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Apr 30, 2014

British actor Bob Hoskins, who first gained fame among U.S. audiences for his starring role in the 1988 film “Who Framed Roger Rabbit," has passed away from complications with pneumonia at age 71, his publicist confirmed on Wednesday.

As CNN reports, “His passing comes nearly two years after he retired from acting following a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease.” He leaves behind wide Linda Banwell and four children.
 
Even before his “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” fame, Hoskins earned an Academy Award nomination, and a Golden Globe Award win, for his role as a cab driver in the 1986 film “Mona Lisa.”
 
His memorable films include “Hook,” “Nixon,” “Pink Floyd The Wall” and numerous others. The steadily-working actor “appeared in at least one production every year from 1972 until his retirement in 2012,” CNN reports.
 
In the U.K., his achieved fame for his role in the television miniseries “Pennies From Heaven,” later turned into a 1980 film which starred Steve Martin.
 
As CNN reports, Hoskins told U.K. newspaper The Guardian in 2007, "There's two things I love about this business. One's acting and the other one's getting paid for it. The rest of it is a mystery to me."
 
Phyllis Stark

Phyllis Stark

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Phyllis Stark is the Digital Executive Producer - National Content for Journal Broadcast Group.