Popular actor Bob Hoskins, whose roles in Who Framed Roger Rabbit and The Long Good Friday made him a major movie star, has died from pneumonia at the age of 71.
The performer, who landed a best actor Oscar nomination for Mona Lisa in 1986, retired from screen work in 2012 after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
His family released a statement saying he died last night in hospital.
His wife Linda and children Alex, Sarah, Rosa and Jack said: “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Bob. He 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.”
The star grew up in north London and left school aged 15 to work in a series of odd jobs while dreaming of getting into acting.
He claimed he got his big break by accident after being mistakenly called for a theatre audition, but stage success lead him into TV and small film parts.
His breakthrough role came in Dennis Potter’s 1978 series Pennies From Heaven in which he played the lovelorn sheet music salesman Arthur Parker. His last film role was in Hollywood blockbuster Snow White and The Huntsman, alongside Charlize Theron and Chris Hemwsorth.
Hoskins’ work spanned major hit movies such as Steven Spielberg’s peter pan adventure Hook, and more unconventional fare such as Terry Gilliam’s cult favourite Brazil and Shane Meadows’ early works Twenty Four Seven and A Room For Romeo Brass.
His portrayal of a doomed London gangster in crime classic The Long Good Friday has gone down in cinema history, while his role as a private detective in family classic Who Framed Roger Rabbit is still widely-adored by audiences.