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Bob Hoskins



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 nomin

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
49% Snow White and the Huntsman
  • Constantine
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
2010
78% Sparkle
  • Vince
2010
54% Disney's A Christmas Carol
  • Fezziwig/Old Joe
2009
50% Doomsday
  • Bill Nelson
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
2007
No Score Yet Ruby Blue
  • Actor
2007
67% Go Go Tales
  • The Baron
2007
No Score Yet Up the Front
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet The Wind in the Willows
  • Actor
2006
68% Hollywoodland
  • Eddie Mannix
2006
11% Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties
  • Winston
2006
No Score Yet Flickers
  • Arnie Cole
2006
68% Mrs. Henderson Presents
  • Vivian Van Damm
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
2006
27% Stay
  • Dr. Leon Patterson
2005
65% Danny the Dog
  • Bart
2005
6% Son of the Mask
  • Odin
2005
42% Beyond the Sea
  • Charlie Cassotto Maffia
2004
51% Vanity Fair
  • Sir Pitt Crawley
2004
No Score Yet Parting Shots
  • Actor
2004
0% Den of Lions
  • Darius Paskevic
2003
No Score Yet The Sleeping Dictionary
  • Henry
2003
No Score Yet Charles Dickens
  • Actor
2003
40% Maid in Manhattan
  • Lionel
2002
79% Last Orders
  • Ray
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
2001
68% A Room for Romeo Brass
  • Home Tutor
2000
No Score Yet Don Quixote
  • Sancho Panza
2000
60% Noriega: God's Favorite
  • Gen. Manuel `Tony' Noriega
2000
29% American Virgin
  • Joey
2000
No Score Yet Tube Tales
  • Director
1999
No Score Yet The White River Kid
  • Brother Edgar
1999
88% Felicia's Journey
  • Joseph Hilditch
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
36% Spice World
  • Himself
1998
36% Michael
  • Vartan Malt
1996
50% Joseph Conrad's 'The Secret Agent'
  • Adolph Verloc
1996
No Score Yet Forgotten Toys
  • Actor
1996
50% Balto
  • Boris
1995
75% Nixon
  • J. Edgar Hoover
1995
No Score Yet World War II
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet World War II: When Lions Roared
  • Winston Churchill
1994
15% 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
67% The Inner Circle
  • Beria
1992
No Score Yet Favor, the Watch and the Very Big Fish
  • Actor
1992
11% Passed Away
  • Johnny
1992
30% Hook
  • Smee
1991
31% Shattered
  • Gus Klein
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
No Score Yet Dunera Boys
  • Actor
1988
63% 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 Beggar's Opera
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet Beyond the Limit
  • Col. Perez
1983
70% 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
83% Inserts
  • Big Mac
1975
No Score Yet Cry Terror
  • Actor
1974
No Score Yet Thick As Thieves
  • Actor
1974
No Score Yet The National Health, or Nurse Norton's Affair
  • Foster
1973
No Score Yet My Father - Liar
  • Director
No Score Yet In the Wild - Tigers With Bob Hoskins
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Mr. Micawber Badger
57% Neverland
2011
  • Mr. Smee Smee
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Coach Fuller

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