71 (passed away Apr. 29th, 2014)
Oct. 26th, 1942
Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England, UK
Bob Hoskins' Main TV Roles
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Bob Hoskins was born on October 26, 1942, in Bury St. Edmund's, Suffolk, where his mother was living after being evacuated as a result of the heavy bombings. Growing up, Hoskins received only limited education and he left school at 15, but with a passion for language and literature instilled by his former English teacher. A regular theatre-goer, Hoskins dreamed of starring on stage, but before he could do so he had to work odd jobs for a long time to make ends meet. His acting career started out more by accident than by design, when he accompanied a friend to watch some auditions, only to be confused for one of the people auditioning, getting a script pushed into his hands with the message "You're next". He got the part and acquired an agent. After some stage success, he expanded to television with roles in television series such as "Villains" (1972) and "Thick as Thieves" (1974). In the mid-'70s, he started his film career, standing out when he performed alongside Richard Dreyfuss in John Byrum's Inserts (1974) and in a smaller part in Richard Lester (I)'s Royal Flash (1975).
Hoskins broke through in 1978 in Dennis Potter (I)'s mini TV series, "Pennies from Heaven" (1978), playing "Arthur Parker", the doomed salesman. After this, a string of high-profile and successful films followed, starting with his true major movie debut in 1980's The Long Good Friday (1980) as the ultimately doomed "Harold Shand". This was followed by such works as The Cotton Club (1984), Mona Lisa (1986), which won him an Oscar nomination as well as a BAFTA award, Cannes Film Festival and Golden Globe), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) (Golden Globe nomination), Mermaids (1990), Hook (1991), Nixon (1995), Felicia's Journey (1999) and Enemy at the Gates (2001).
Hoskins has always carefully balanced the riches of Hollywood with the labor of independent film, though leaning more towards the latter than the former. He works at smaller projects such as Shane Meadows' debut 24 7: Twenty Four Seven (1997), in which he starred as "Allen Darcy". Besides this, he found time to direct, write and star in The Raggedy Rawney (1988), as well as direct and star in Rainbow (1995), and contributing to HBO's "Tales from the Crypt" (1989) and Tube Tales (1999) (TV).
- In his earlier years before acting he wound up looking after camels in Syria and later packing fruit on a kibbutz in Israel, among many other odd jobs.
- Spent several seasons with the Royal National Theatre and the Old Vic Theatre in London, where his credits included everything from a range of Shakespeare to Chechov to Shaw.
- Is probably best known to American audiences for his role as down and out detective "Eddie Valiant" in _Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)_ (qv).
- His mother was German Romani (Gypsy) and his film _The Raggedy Rawney (1988)_ (qv) was based on stories his gypsy grandmother used to tell him.
- (October 1997) Ranked #97 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.
- Children, with Banwell, Rosa and Jack
- He was 'Brian De Palma' (qv)'s second choice for the role of "Al Capone" in _The Untouchables (1987)_ (qv) if 'Robert De Niro' (qv) was not available. Hoskins was reportedly given a six-figure paycheck by De Palma for "being a great standby".
- Graduated from the Central School of Speech and Drama, London, England.