It has been announced that Bob Hoskins is dead the age of 71 from complications with pneumonia by the UK Guardian. The actor was surrounded by family at a hospital on Tuesday where he died.
Bob Hoskins death comes after a battle with pneumonia as well as his diagnosis with Parkinson’s disease. In 2012 Mr. Hoskins announced his retirement from acting after his diagnosis.
In a statement to the press, Hoskins’ wife Linda and children Alex, Sarah, Rosa and Jack said in a statement, “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Bob.
“Bob died peacefully at hospital last night surrounded by family, following a bout of pneumonia.
“We ask that you respect our privacy during this time and thank you for your messages of love and support.”
Bob Hoskins was born in Bury St Edmunds and raised in London. He left school at the age of 15 doing odd jobs such as a lorry driver and window cleaner. He attended an audition with a friend in 1968 at the old trade union theatre, the Unity. Only there for moral support, and a drink, he came away with the lead role.
His first TV drama lead was in 1978 with Pennies From Heaven and his first major film debut was The Long Good Friday as Harold Shand. His last credited role was as the dwarf, Muir in Snow White and the Huntsman in 2012.
Bob Hoskins death ends a career that is filled with a wide variety of films ranging from traditional dramas to disastrous licensed properties. His role of George in Mona Lisa earned him his only Oscar nomination which he lost to Paul Newman in the 59th Academy Awards.
When giving and interview to the UK Guardian in 2011 he listed Super Mario Bros. as his worst acting job he has ever done. “The worst thing I ever did? Super Mario Brothers. It was a f****n’ nightmare. The whole experience was a nightmare. It had a husband-and-wife team directing, whose arrogance had been mistaken for talent. After so many weeks their own agent told them to get off the set! F****n’ nightmare. F****n’ idiots.”
Other works Hoskins will be remembered for is his role as Eddie Valliant in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and the bureaucratic minded repair man Spoor in Terry Gilliam’s Brazil. In all Bob Hoskins death leaves him with over 114 film and TV credits.
He is survived by his wife Linda and 4 children Alex, Sarah, Rose and Jack Hoskins.