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Bob Hoskins Has Died At The Age Of 71

The British actor starred in classics such as The Long Good Friday and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

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British actor Bob Hoskins has died of pneumonia at the age of 71.

His family said in a statement: "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."
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His family said in a statement: "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."

Hoskins announced his retirement from acting in 2012 after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

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The British actor was born in Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk in 1942 and began acting in the late 1960s.

His major breakthrough came when he starred alongside Helen Mirren in 1980's The Long Good Friday.He later won the BAFTA for Best Actor and a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in crime drama Mona Lisa, alongside Sir Michael Caine and Robbie Coltrane.
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His major breakthrough came when he starred alongside Helen Mirren in 1980's The Long Good Friday.

He later won the BAFTA for Best Actor and a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in crime drama Mona Lisa, alongside Sir Michael Caine and Robbie Coltrane.

He also starred in family favourites such as Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Super Mario Bros.

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In 1990 he starred in Mermaids, alongside Cher, and a year later appeared as Smee in Steven Spielberg's Hook.

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Twenty years later he won an International Emmy for his performance in BBC1’s The Street.

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When he stepped away from acting in 2012, his agent said Hoskins was "looking forward to his retirement with his family".

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Figures from the entertainment industry have today begun paying tribute to Hoskins:

Oh no, Bob Hoskins. Gone? That’s awful news. The Long Good Friday one of the best British movies of the modern era. A marvellous man.

Stephen Fry@stephenfry

Oh no, Bob Hoskins. Gone? That’s awful news. The Long Good Friday one of the best British movies of the modern era. A marvellous man.

01:40 PM - 30 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

So sad to hear we've lost the great Bob Hoskins. A true gent & an inspiration. Happy memories of 'the Willows' in '06

Mark Gatiss@Markgatiss

So sad to hear we've lost the great Bob Hoskins. A true gent & an inspiration. Happy memories of 'the Willows' in '06

01:58 PM - 30 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Bob Hoskins with Anne Bancroft in 1987 after winning a BAFTA for his performance in Mona Lisa http://t.co/WA2XIQTlCB

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Bob Hoskins with Anne Bancroft in 1987 after winning a BAFTA for his performance in Mona Lisa http://t.co/WA2XIQTlCB

01:53 PM - 30 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Truly saddened by the passing of Bob Hoskins! A truly Gigantic talent & a Gentleman. R.I.P.

Samuel L. Jackson@SamuelLJackson

Truly saddened by the passing of Bob Hoskins! A truly Gigantic talent & a Gentleman. R.I.P.

02:21 PM - 30 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

For decades, Bob Hoskins has entertained television and film audiences of all age groups around the world. The British film industry has lost one of its true greats, and my thoughts and sympathies go out to his family and friends.