Bob Hoskins

Highest Rated: 98% Brazil (1985)
Lowest Rated: 0% Outside Bet (2012)
Birthday: Oct 26, 1942
Birthplace: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
Although Bob Hoskins first became widely known to American audiences as a detective assigned to investigate a cartoon rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), the balding, burly actor had long been recognized in his native England as a performer of exceptional versatility, capable of playing characters from working-class toughs to Shakespearean villains.Born in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, on October 26, 1942, where his mother had been sent to get away from the then-raging London Blitz, Hoskins was sent back to London with his mother when he was only two weeks old. Growing up in a solidly working-class family in post-war London, Hoskins stayed in school until he was 15, and he then abandoned formal education in favor of a string of diverse jobs. Over the course of the next ten years, he worked as a Covent Garden porter, member of the Norwegian Merchant Marines, steeplejack, plumber's assistant, banana picker, circus fire-eater, trainee accountant, and even spent time working on a kibbutz in Israel. At the age of 25, having garnered a lifetime's worth of unusual experiences, Hoskins got into acting. Hanging out at a pub one night with a friend who was auditioning for a play, he was asked to read for a part in the production. He got the part, and in the course of performing, was approached by an agent who suggested that Hoskins take up acting professionally and began arranging auditions for him. From there, Hoskins began acting onstage, working throughout the '60s, '70s, and '80s with such theatres as London's Royal Court and National Theatre and as a member of such troupes as The Royal Shakespeare Company.Hoskins made his film debut in 1972 with a minor role in the comedy Up the Front. Three years later he got his first substantial film role in the forgettable Inserts, but in 1980, he made a significant breakthrough, turning in a brilliant portrayal of a successful gangster whose world suddenly begins to fall apart in The Long Good Friday. He found even greater success six years later portraying a gangster-turned-chauffeur assigned to a high-priced call girl in Mona Lisa. His performance earned him Best Actor awards from the British Academy, the Cannes Film Festival, and the New York Film Critics Circle, and a Best Actor Academy Award nomination. For all of the acclaim surrounding his work, it was not until he starred in the aforementioned Who Framed Roger Rabbit? in 1988 that Hoskins became known to a mainstream American audience. His American accent in the film was so convincing, that in addition to earning him a Golden Globe nomination, it led some viewers to assume that he was actually an American actor.Hoskins could subsequently be seen in a number of American films in addition to those he made in Britain, appearing in such features as Mermaids (1990), in which he played Cher's love interest; Heart Condition (1990), in which he played an unhinged racist detective; and Nixon (1995), which featured him as another crazed law enforcement official, J. Edgar Hoover. In 1997, he returned to his roots in Twentyfourseven, earning a European Film Academy Best Actor Award for his portrayal of a man trying to set up an amateur boxing league for working-class young men in economically depressed, Thatcher-era England. Two years later, Hoskins turned in a similarly gripping performance as a caterer with a dangerous secret in Felicia's Journey, a psychological thriller directed by Atom Egoyan.Hoskins continued to work steadily into the beginning of the next decade in a variety of projects including acting opposite Michael Caine in Last Orders and playing a supporting role in the Jennifer Lopez romantic comedy Maid in Manhattan. He continued to appear in an eclectic series of films including Kevin Spacey's Bobby Darin biopic Beyond the Seas, as a very bad guy in the martial-arts film Unleashed, the costume drama Vanity Fair, and earning strong reviews playing opposite an Oscar nominated Judi Dench in Mrs. Henderson Presents. He also lent hi

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet An Accidental Studio Actor 2019
50% Snow White and the Huntsman Constantine $155.1M 2012
No Score Yet Snow White and the Huntsman (Extended Version) Actor 2012
0% Outside Bet Percy 'Smudge' Smith 2012
0% Will Davey 2011
No Score Yet Il papa buono (The Good Pope: Pope John XXIII) Actor 2011
80% Made in Dagenham Albert $1.1M 2010
78% Sparkle Vince 2010
54% Disney's A Christmas Carol Fezziwig/Old Joe $137.9M 2009
51% Doomsday Bill Nelson $11M 2008
No Score Yet Pinocchio Actor 2008
21% Outlaw Walter Lewis 2007
No Score Yet Ruby Blue Jack 2007
87% Paris Je T'aime Bob Leander $4.9M 2007
68% Go Go Tales The Baron 2007
No Score Yet The Wind in the Willows Actor 2006
68% Hollywoodland Eddie Mannix $14.3M 2006
11% Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties Winston $28.3M 2006
No Score Yet Flickers Arnie Cole 2006
68% Mrs. Henderson Presents Vivian Van Damm Producer Executive Producer $11M 2006
26% Stay Dr. Leon Patterson $3.4M 2005
65% Unleashed Bart $24.4M 2005
6% Son of the Mask Odin $17M 2005
42% Beyond the Sea Charlie Cassotto Maffia $6.2M 2004
51% Vanity Fair Sir Pitt Crawley $16.1M 2004
0% Den of Lions Darius Paskevic 2003
No Score Yet The Sleeping Dictionary Henry 2003
39% Maid in Manhattan Lionel $93.9M 2002
79% Last Orders Ray $2.2M 2002
No Score Yet Donde Viven los Esquimales Sharkey 2002
No Score Yet The Lost World Prof. George Challenger 2001
54% Enemy at the Gates Khrushchev $50.6M 2001
68% A Room for Romeo Brass Home Tutor 2000
No Score Yet Don Quixote Sancho Panza 2000
50% Noriega: God's Favorite Gen. Manuel `Tony' Noriega 2000
29% American Virgin Joey 2000
No Score Yet The White River Kid Brother Edgar 1999
88% Felicia's Journey Joseph Hilditch 1999
No Score Yet Tube Tales Director 1999
No Score Yet Captain Jack Actor 1999
No Score Yet David Copperfield Micawber 1999
No Score Yet Parting Shots Gerd Layton 1999
41% Cousin Bette Crevel 1998
35% Twentyfourseven Alan Darcy 1998
35% Spice World Himself 1998
38% Michael Vartan Malt 1996
50% Joseph Conrad's 'The Secret Agent' Adolph Verloc 1996
No Score Yet Forgotten Toys Actor 1996
74% Nixon J. Edgar Hoover 1995
52% Balto Boris 1995
No Score Yet World War II Actor 1994
No Score Yet World War II: When Lions Roared Winston Churchill 1994
21% Super Mario Bros. Mario Mario 1993
No Score Yet The Big Freeze Actor 1993
No Score Yet Blue Ice Sam Garcia 1993
No Score Yet The Favor, the Watch and the Very Big Fish Louis Aubinard 1992
56% The Inner Circle Beria 1992
No Score Yet Favor, the Watch and the Very Big Fish Actor 1992
10% Passed Away Johnny 1992
26% Hook Smee 1991
No Score Yet Rabbit Ears: The Bremen Town Musicians Actor 1991
73% Mermaids Lou Landsky 1990
No Score Yet The Raggedy Rawney Darky Director Screenwriter 1990
0% Heart Condition Jack Moony 1990
No Score Yet Raggedy Rawney Director 1990
No Score Yet Charles Dickens' Ghost Stories Actor 1990
47% Erik the Viking Actor 1989
No Score Yet Up The Front Recruiting Sergeant 1989
97% Who Framed Roger Rabbit Eddie Valiant 1988
No Score Yet The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne James Madden 1988
56% A Prayer for the Dying Father Michael Da Costa 1987
No Score Yet The Secret Policeman's Third Ball Actor 1987
97% Mona Lisa George 1986
75% Sweet Liberty Stanley Gould 1986
No Score Yet Mussolini and I Benito Mussolini 1985
98% Brazil Spoor 1985
75% The Cotton Club Owney Madden 1984
71% Lassiter Inspector John Becker 1984
No Score Yet Beyond the Limit Col. Perez 1983
No Score Yet Beggar's Opera Actor 1983
71% Pink Floyd - The Wall Manager 1982
96% The Long Good Friday Harold Shand 1982
57% Zulu Dawn Sgt. Maj. Williams 1979
No Score Yet Pennies From Heaven Arthur Parker 1978
No Score Yet Royal Flash Actor 1975
86% Inserts Big Mac 1975
No Score Yet Thick As Thieves Actor 1974
No Score Yet Cry Terror Actor 1974
No Score Yet The National Health, or Nurse Norton's Affair Foster 1973
No Score Yet My Father - Liar Director

TV

CREDIT
57% Neverland
2011
Mr. Smee Smee
  • 2011
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
Mr. Micawber Badger
  • 2007
  • 2000
94% Frasier
1993-2004
Coach Fuller
  • 2003
82% Tales from the Crypt
1989-1996
Director
  • 1996

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