Bob Hoskins dead at 71

Bob Hoskins dead at 71

Bob Hoskins in the iconic "Who Framed Roger Rabbit".

2 May - Bob Hoskins, the Oscar nominated actor known most for his role as Detective Eddie Valiant in the 'cartoon mixed with the real world' film "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" had passed away at the age of 71. He died on Tuesday, 29 April (30 April M'sia) at a hospital in London.

The actor had suffered for several years from Parkinson's disease, but died of pneumonia, a lung disease usually caused by an infection, but it was the Parkinson's disease that forced him to quit acting in 2012.

One of his last few roles included one in "Snow White and the Huntsman" starring Kristen Stewart in 2012.

Before his new found success in "Roger Rabbit", Hoskins was also known in his native Britain from the noir mystery "Mona Lisa" as an ex-con chauffeur, where he won numerous Best Actor awards including a BAFTA, one from Cannes and another from the New York Film Critics.

Bob Hoskins in heavy costume and make up as the white haired dwarf next to Chris Hemsworth in "Snow White and the Huntsman".

"There's two things I love about this business," Hoskins said in an interview years after his breakthrough with "Roger Rabbit". "One's acting and the other one's getting paid for it. The rest of it is a mystery to me. But I ain't got the faintest idea what the f--- is goin' on."

Hoskins will also be remembered for his sense of humor, as he even talked about what he often said is his worst film he ever made, "Super Marios Bros." in 1993. He said he hadn't even known that it was based on a video game, and it only got worse from there.

"It was a f---ing nightmare," he told The Guardian. "The whole experience was a nightmare. It had a husband-and-wife team directing, whose arrogance had been mistaken for talent."

The son of a truck driver who raised him as a communist and as an atheist, Hoskins dropped out of school at the age of 15 and worked blue collar jobs until someone mistook him as an actor while he was waiting for his friend to finish an audition and gave him a script. He got the role and spent the rest of his life as an actor.

Hoskins is survived by his second wife, Linda Banwell, and his four children, two from each marriage.