For his role as a prostitute’s minder in Mona Lisa, Bob Hoskins won a BAFTA, the best actor award at Cannes and an Oscar nomination. Not bad for a man who fell into acting aged 25 when allegedly persuaded to read for a play by a friend in a pub.
Born into a solid working class family, Hoskins left school at 15 before embarking on a highly itinerant career: his biographies list a Covent garden porter, fire-eater, steeplejack and banana picker before the theatre gig. Hoskins’ trademark was a fierce commitment to his roles, the best example being the roles that brought him to fame – Arthur the sexually frustrated sheet music salesman in Dennis Potter’s Pennies From Heaven and the volcanic gangster in The Long Good Friday. The role that broke him in the States was his loveable P.I. in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Born: 26 Oct 1942 In Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England, UK
Died: 29 April 2014
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