Bob Hoskins

Actor, Director, Screenwriter
Private eyes, gangsters, working class toughs - English actor Bob Hoskins excelled at them all during an international stage and screen career that concurrently showcased the everyman's ability to pass as American ... Read more »
Born: 10/25/1942 in Suffolk, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (90)

Elizabeth Rex 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Neverland 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Outside Bet 2012 (Movie)

Percy 'Smudge' Smith (Actor)

Snow White and the Huntsman 2012 (Movie)

Muir (Actor)

Go Go Tales 2011 (Movie)

The Baron (Actor)

Will 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Made in Dagenham 2010 (Movie)

Albert (Actor)

Disney's A Christmas Carol 2009 (Movie)

Voice of Fezziwig/Old Joe (Actor)

Pinocchio 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Doomsday 2008 (Movie)

Bill Nelson (Actor)

Ruby Blue 2008 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

MovieReal 2004 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Outlaw 2007 (Movie)

Walter Lewis (Actor)

Paris, I Love You 2007 (Movie)

("Pigalle") (Actor)

Sparkle 2007 (Movie)

Vince (Actor)

The Wind in the Willows 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Winston (Actor)

Hollywoodland 2006 (Movie)

Edgar Mannix (Actor)

Den of Lions 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Mrs. Henderson Presents 2005 (Movie)

Vivian Van Damm (Actor)

Son of the Mask 2005 (Movie)

Odin (Actor)

Stay 2005 (Movie)

Dr. Leon Patterson (Actor)

Unleashed 2005 (Movie)

Bart (Actor)

Beyond the Sea 2004 (Movie)

Charlie Cassotto Maffia (Actor)

Vanity Fair 2004 (Movie)

Sir Pitt Crawley (Actor)

Frasier 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Good Pope 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lost World 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sleeping Dictionary 2003 (Movie)

Henry (Actor)

Maid in Manhattan 2002 (Movie)

Lionel Bloch (Actor)

Enemy At the Gates 2001 (Movie)

Nikita Krushchev (Actor)

Last Orders 2001 (Movie)

Ray (Actor)

Where Eskimos Live 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Room for Romeo Brass 2000 (Movie)

Steven Laws (Actor)

David Copperfield 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Live Virgin 2000 (Movie)

Joey Quinn (Actor)

Felicia's Journey 1999 (Movie)

Hilditch (Actor)

The White River Kid 1999 (Movie)

Brother Edgar (Actor)

Captain Jack 1998 (Movie)

Captain Jack Armistead (Actor)

Cousin Bette 1998 (Movie)

Mayor Cesar Crevel (Actor)

Parting Shots 1998 (Movie)

Gerd Layton (Actor)

Spice World 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

TwentyFourSeven 1998 (Movie)

Alan Darcy (Actor)

Rainbow 1997 (Movie)

Frank Bailey (Actor)

A Fatal Caper 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Michael 1996 (Movie)

Vartan Malt (Actor)

The Secret Agent 1996 (Movie)

Adolph Verloc (Actor)

Balto 1995 (Movie)

of Boris (Voice)

Nixon 1995 (Movie)

J Edgar Hoover (Actor)

The Changeling 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Super Mario Brothers 1993 (Movie)

Mario Mario (Actor)

Blue Ice 1992 (Movie)

Sam Garcia (Actor)

Michael Caine: Breaking the Mold 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Passed Away 1992 (Movie)

Johnny Scanlan (Actor)

The Big Freeze 1992 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Favour, the Watch, and the Very Big Fish 1992 (Movie)

Louis Aubinard (Actor)

Hook 1991 (Movie)

Smee (Actor)

Shattered 1991 (Movie)

Gus Klein (Actor)

The Inner Circle 1991 (Movie)

Beria (Actor)

Heart Condition 1990 (Movie)

Jack Moony (Actor)

Mermaids 1990 (Movie)

Lou Landsky (Actor)

The Raggedy Rawney 1990 (Movie)

Darky (Actor)

Major League 1989 (Movie)

Umpire (Actor)

Roger Rabbit & the Secrets of Toontown 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Who Framed Roger Rabbit 1988 (Movie)

Eddie Valiant (Actor)

A Prayer for the Dying 1987 (Movie)

Father DaCosta (Actor)

The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne 1987 (Movie)

James Madden (Actor)

The Secret Policeman's Third Ball 1987 (Movie)

Secret Policeman's Voice (Actor)

Mona Lisa 1986 (Movie)

George (Actor)

Mussolini: The Decline and Fall of Il Duce 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Sweet Liberty 1986 (Movie)

Stanley Gould (Actor)

Brazil 1985 (Movie)

Spoor (Actor)

Lassiter 1984 (Movie)

Becker (Actor)

The Cotton Club 1984 (Movie)

Owney Madden (Actor)

The Dunera Boys 1984 (Movie)

Morrie Mendelsohn (Actor)

The Woman Who Married Clark Gable 1984 (Movie)

(Actor)

Beyond the Limit 1983 (Movie)

Colonel Perez (Actor)

Pink Floyd The Wall 1982 (Movie)

Rock and Roll Manager (Actor)

Pennies From Heaven 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Long Good Friday 1979 (Movie)

Harold Shand (Actor)

Zulu Dawn 1979 (Movie)

Company Sergeant Major Williams (Actor)

Cry Terror! 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Inserts 1976 (Movie)

Big Mac (Actor)

Royal Flash 1976 (Movie)

(Actor)

The National Health 1973 (Movie)

Foster (Actor)

Don Quixote (TV Show)

Actor

Neverland (Movie)

Mr. Smee (Actor)

Noriega: God's Favorite (TV Show)

Actor
Director (3)

Tube Tales 1998 (Movie)

("My Father the Liar") (Director)

Rainbow 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

The Raggedy Rawney 1990 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (2)

Mrs. Henderson Presents 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Secret Agent 1996 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Writer (1)

The Raggedy Rawney 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Private eyes, gangsters, working class toughs - English actor Bob Hoskins excelled at them all during an international stage and screen career that concurrently showcased the everyman's ability to pass as American, Italian or even Russian. His breakout leading role in the gritty British thriller "The Long Good Friday" (1980) established Hoskins' streetwise charm, and from there, the following he had acquired on British television and the stages of London's West End spread internationally. A New York mobster in Francis Ford Coppola's "Cotton Club" (1984), Hoskins lent an emotional depth to the ex-con he portrayed in Neil Jordan's "Mona Lisa" (1986), earning a Golden Globe Award for his performance and returning to the ceremony two years later as a nominee for one of the era's most inventive comedies, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" (1988). For a man who self-deprecatingly referred to himself as "5 foot six and cubic," Hoskins was perpetually booked, disappearing chameleon-like into portrayals of world leaders and charismatic self-starters like the role that earned him an Academy Award nomination opposite Judi Dench in "Mrs. Henderson Presents" (2005). Hoskins' gregarious charm and ability to bring humanness to heavies made him a much-loved player in both Hollywood and his native U.K. His death from pneumonia on April 29, 2014, two years after he retired from acting due to Parkinson's Disease, brought tributes from fellow actors and directors across the entire film industry.

Relationships

Linda Banwell

Wife
Met 1980 Married 1982

Robert Hoskins

Father
Described in the London Times, March 26, 1998 as "a communist and an atheist"

Elise Hoskins

Mother

Rosa Hoskins

Daughter
Mother, Linda Banwell

Sarah Hoskins

Daughter
Mother, Jane Livesey

Alex Hoskins

Son
Mother, Jane Livesey

Jack Hoskins

Son
Mother, Linda Banwell

Jane Livesey

Wife
Married 1967 Divorced 1978

EDUCATION

Dropped out of school at age 15

Central School of Speech and Drama

London , England

Milestones

2012

Announced retirement from acting due to Parkinson’s disease

2012

Cast as one of the eight dwarfs in "Snow White and the Huntsman" opposite Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron

2009

Lent his voice to Robert Zemeckis' animated adaptation of "A Christmas Carol"

2008

Co-starred in the science fiction film "Doomsday"

2006

Played MGM studio executive Eddie Mannix in "Hollywoodland"

2005

Co-starred with Jet Li in "Unleased," written by Luc Besson

2005

Co-starred (also produced) in "Mrs. Henderson Presents," directed by Stephen Frears; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor

2004

Portrayed Bobby Darin's (Kevin Spacey) brother in law in "Beyond the Sea," a biopic of the legendary signer Bobby Darin

2003

Featured in the period romance "The Sleeping Dictionary"

2002

Appeared as a paternal butler in "Maid in Manhattan"

2001

Played Nikita Khruschev in the war drama "Enemy at the Gates"

2000

Portrayed Sancho Panza in the TNT production "Don Quixote"

2000

Starred as the Panamanian dictator in "Noriega: God's Favorite" (Showtime)

1999

Earned plaudits for his performance as a serial killer in Atom Egoyan's "Felicia's Journey"

1999

Re-teamed with Shane Meadows for a cameo role as a teacher in "A Room for Romeo Brass"

1997

Landed acclaimed screen role as the owner of a boxing club in Shane Meadows' "TwentyFourSeven"

1996

TV directorial debut (also starred), "A Fatal Caper" episode of "Tales From the Crypt"

1996

Returned to the London stage to star in "Old Wicked Songs"

1996

Directed (also starred) the family adventure film "Rainbow"

1996

Played a tabloid editor in "Michael"

1995

Portrayed J. Edgar Hoover in Oliver Stone's "Nixon"

1994

Portrayed Winston Churchill in the NBC miniseries "World War II: When Lions Roared"

1993

Teamed with John Leguizamo for the big-budget disappointment "Super Mario Bros."

1993

First U.S. TV-movie, the Russell Mulcahy directed "Blue Ice" for HBO

1991

Cast as the pirate Smee in Steven Spielberg's "Hook"

1990

Romanced Cher in "Mermaids"

1988

Made feature directorial and screenwriting debut with "The Raggedy Rawney"; also starred

1988

First mainstream American film, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit"

1987

Starred opposite Maggie Smith in "The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne"

1986

Played an American screenwriter in Alan Alda's "Sweet Liberty"

1986

Earned critical acclaim as a cab driver who falls in love with a prostitute in "Mona Lisa"; nominated for a Best Actor Oscar

1985

Appeared in Terry Gilliam's "Brazil"

1985

U.S. miniseries debut, played the title character in HBO's "Mussolini: The Decline and Fall of Il Duce"

1984

Cast as nighclub owner Owney Madden in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Cotton Club"

1982

Featured as a Rock and Roll Manager in "Pink Floyd The Wall," written by Pink Floyd vocalist and bassist Roger Waters

1982

Scored a triumph as Nathan Detroit in the West End production of the stage musical "Guys and Dolls"

1980

Delivered strong turn as a British gangster in "The Long Good Friday"

1980

Appeared opposite France de la Tour in the ATV series "Flickers"

1978

Starred in the popular BBC miniseries "Pennies From Heaven," scripted by Dennis Potter

1974

Co-starred on the comedy series "Thick as Thieves" (LWT)

1973

Feature debut, "The National Health"

1972

TV acting debut, "Villains on the High Road" (London Weekend Television); an episode of the series "Villains"

1968

Made stage debut in "Feather Pluckers"

Raised in North London, England

Performed odd jobs and traveled extensively as a youth

Bonus Trivia

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Hoskins was Brian De Palma's second choice to play Al Capone in "The Untouchables" if Robert De Niro was unavailable. The director reportedly sent a six-figure check to Hoskins for "being a great stand-by."

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"The closest thing I know about appearance is my chin when I shave in the morning. I'm not obsessed with youth. I was born old." – Hoskins to the London Times, March 26, 1998

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About his concerns working on "TwentyFourSeven," which featured several local youths in their first film roles: "I was terrified that the guys would see me as this ridiculous old film star, but they didn't. I was accepted and we just got on with it. At my age, when you realize you can still run with a gang - that does a lot for your ego." – Hopskins quoted in the Daily News, April 19, 1998

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"My childhood was happy, but I was a rebellious kid. I was a teenager in the '60s, when pop culture and American rock'n roll were arriving in Britain in a big way, and I wanted to have a good time so I quit school when I was 15. My idea of a good time was sex and travel, so I bummed around the Middle East and wound up on a kibbutz in Israel. I lasted there until they told me I had to join the army." – Hoskins to The Los Angeles Times, April 25, 1998

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"I love Hollywood. It pays you a lot of money, makes you very famous and treats you like the Crown Jewels. England is a funny place. It does have a class system. It does become wearying that whenever you walk into a room and open your mouth and out comes a Cockney accent, they lock up the silver and send the women upstairs." – Hoskins to Newsday, Nov. 7, 1999

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Hoskins on being approached by director Roger Spottiswoode to play Manuel Noriega: "He said, 'Listen Bob, this was the ugliest man in South America. he was a megalomaniac, an appalling man - and you are the only actor in the world who can play him.' I didn't know whether to be flattered or to hit him!" – from London's Evening Standard, Jan. 14, 2000

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"You don't go to Hollywood for art, you go for fame and fortune. So I put the money in the bank, and I did the things. When you work in Hollywood and you become a Hollywood star earning a Hollywood fee, you put yourself out of reach. So people don't even approach you, or you don't get to hear about [interesting smaller projects]. It's up to you to make a radical decision and change the circumstances." – Hoskins to the Boston Herald, April 1, 2000

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On Aug. 8, 2012, Hoskins announced his retirement from acting due to Parkinson’s disease.

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