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Bob Hoskins, Star of Hook and Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Dies at 71 (VIDEO)

A star of some of your favorite fantasy movies over the past three decades has passed away. BBC reports British actor Bob Hoskins died yesterday, April 29, in a hospital surrounded by family after coming down with pneumonia. He was 71.

To our generation, he may be best known for his role as private eye Eddie Valiant in the 1988 live-action/animated caper Who Framed Roger Rabbit — or perhaps as right-hand-man Smee in 1991's Hook.

But Bob's career actually spans back to 1968, when he was mistakenly given an audition for a play at London's Unity Theatre. He gained widespread praise for his roles in the 1980 gangster film The Long Good Friday and the 1986 noir Mona Lisa — the latter of which earned him a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination.

Other entries across his wildly varied filmography include roles as Cher's love interest in 1990's Mermaids, Mario in 1993's Super Mario Bros., himself in 1997's Spice World, head butler Lionel in 2002's Maid in Manhattan, and Smee (again) in the 2011 miniseries Neverland.

After one final role in 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman, Bob retired from acting following a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease the prior year. He is survived by his wife and his four children.

We'll bid Bob farewell with this enduring quote of his about self-esteem: "My mum used to say to me, 'If somebody doesn't like you, f—k 'em. They've got bad taste.'"

Sources: BBC, The Guardian

04.30.2014 / 12:00 AM EDT by Dan Clarendon
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