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R.I.P. Bob Hoskins

By Garth Franklin Wednesday April 30th 2014 09:11AM

British acting legend Bob Hoskins has died of pneumonia at the age of 71. Hoskins' agent confirmed to the BBC that he died on Tuesday in hospital, surrounded by family.

With over a hundred credits to his name across film and television, Hoskins announced his retirement from acting in 2012 after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. His final films were British comedy "Outside Bet" and big-budget fantasy feature "Snow White and the Huntsmen".

Hoskins will be remembered far more though for his memorable turns in films such as "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," "The Long Good Friday," "Mona Lisa," "The Honorary Consul," "Brazil," "Hook," "Nixon," "The Cotton Club," "Twenty Four Seven," "Super Mario Bros.," "Last Orders," "Mermaids," "Mrs. Henderson Presents," "Unleashed," "Hollywoodland," "Doomsday," "Enemy at the Gates," "The Wall" and TV productions like "Pennies from Heaven," "On the Move," "The Lost World" and "The Street".

Hoskins had a dry sense of humor, famously displayed in an anecdote recounted to Metro about Brian DePalma's "The Untouchables" where he was slated to be a replacement in case Robert De Niro decided not to play Al Capone. De Niro took the part and De Palma mailed Hoskins a £20,000 cheque as a thank you. That prompted Hoskins to call De Palma and ask if there were any more movies he didn't want him to be in.

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