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Bob Hoskins, Star of ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’, Dead at the Age of 71

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Oscar-nominated actor Bob Hoskins, best known for his roles in ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit,’ ‘Brazil,’ ‘Hook,’ and ‘The Long Good Friday,’ has died at the age of 71 after a bout with pneumonia.

Hoskins had a wonderfully diverse career and was one of Britain’s most beloved character actors. His breakout role was in 1980′s ‘The Long Good Friday,’ where he starred alongside Helen Mirren as a London gangster with aspirations of becoming a legitimate businessman. Later, he was nominated for an Oscar for his role in Neil Jordan’s ‘Mona Lisa’ as a driver chauffeuring a high-class prostitute.

His work in London would lead to more work in Hollywood, including the role he’ll always be most closely associated with, Robert Zemeckis’ ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit.’ He worked consistently in Hollywood over the next few years with roles in Steven Spielberg’s ‘Hook’ and ‘Mermaids,’ and later with ‘Super Mario Bros.,’ a movie he called “the worst thing I ever did.”

Hoskins retired from acting in 2012 after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2011. His final film was ‘Snow White and the Huntsman‘ two years ago.

He is survived by his wife Linda and children Alex, Sarah, Rosa and Jack, who said in a statement, “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Bob.”

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