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: 10/26/1942 in Suffolk, England, GB


Actor (89)

Elizabeth Rex 2014 (Movie)


Neverland 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)


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)

Davey (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)


Doomsday 2008 (Movie)

Bill Nelson (Actor)

Ruby Blue 2008 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

MovieReal 2004 - 2007 (TV Show)


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)


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)


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)

The Good Pope 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)


The Lost World 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)


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)


A Room for Romeo Brass 2000 (Movie)

Steven Laws (Actor)

David Copperfield 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


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)


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)


Super Mario Brothers 1993 (Movie)

Mario Mario (Actor)

Blue Ice 1992 (Movie)

Sam Garcia (Actor)

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


Passed Away 1992 (Movie)

Johnny Scanlan (Actor)

The Big Freeze 1992 (Movie)


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)


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)


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)

George (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)


The Long Good Friday 1979 (Movie)

Harold Shand (Actor)

Zulu Dawn 1979 (Movie)

Company Sergeant Major Williams (Actor)

Cry Terror! 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)


Inserts 1976 (Movie)

Big Mac (Actor)

Royal Flash 1976 (Movie)

Police Constable (Actor)

The National Health 1973 (Movie)

Foster (Actor)

Don Quixote (TV Show)


Neverland (Movie)

Mr. Smee (Actor)

Noriega: God's Favorite (TV Show)

Director (3)

Tube Tales 1998 (Movie)

("My Father the Liar") (Director)

Rainbow 1997 (Movie)


The Raggedy Rawney 1990 (Movie)

Producer (2)

Mrs. Henderson Presents 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Secret Agent 1996 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Writer (1)

The Raggedy Rawney 1990 (Movie)



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.


Linda Banwell

Met 1980 Married 1982

Robert Hoskins

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

Elise Hoskins


Rosa Hoskins

Mother, Linda Banwell

Sarah Hoskins

Mother, Jane Livesey

Alex Hoskins

Mother, Jane Livesey

Jack Hoskins

Mother, Linda Banwell

Jane Livesey

Married 1967 Divorced 1978


Dropped out of school at age 15

Central School of Speech and Drama

London , England



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


Announced retirement from acting due to Parkinson’s disease


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


Co-starred in the science fiction film "Doomsday"


Played MGM studio executive Eddie Mannix in "Hollywoodland"


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


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


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


Featured in the period romance "The Sleeping Dictionary"


Appeared as a paternal butler in "Maid in Manhattan"


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


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


Portrayed Sancho Panza in the TNT production "Don Quixote"


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


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


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


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


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


Played a tabloid editor in "Michael"


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


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


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


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


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


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


Romanced Cher in "Mermaids"


First mainstream American film, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit"


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


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


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


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


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


Appeared in Terry Gilliam's "Brazil"


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Feature debut, "The National Health"


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


Made stage debut in "Feather Pluckers"

Performed odd jobs and traveled extensively as a youth

Raised in North London, England

Bonus Trivia


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."


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


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


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