Bob Hoskins

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Bob Hoskins on the set of Ruby Blue ( 2007 )

Robert William "Bob" Hoskins, Jr. (born October 26, 1942 in Bury St Edmunds , Suffolk , † April 29, 2014 in London ) was a British actor , film director , producer , and screenwriter . Hoskins often played rough, hearted worker types or criminals. His trademarks were his small and rounded body shape (at 1.66 m height) and his piercing gaze, which was based on his nearsightedness . One of his most famous roles was that of the worn-out Eddie Valiant inWrong game with Roger Rabbit .


After Hoskins finished school, he began training as an accountant, but dropped out early. Before his debut as a theater actor in 1969, he worked in various odd jobs, including as a fire eater and sailor. He got his first role in the theater by chance. He was accompanying a friend to an audition and was spotted himself without attending drama school after his friend talked him into auditioning.


He got his first film role in 1972 in the television series Villains . In 1973 he starred in The National Health, or Nurse Norton's Affair , the film adaptation of a drama by Peter Nichols , with Neville Aurelius, George Browne, Lynn Redgrave and Gillian Barge . He became known to a wider audience in 1978 through the lead role in the BBC television series Tanz in den Wolken , conceived by Dennis Potter . In this musical adaptation, Hoskins showed that he was a talented dancer.

Films like Rififi on Good Friday (1980) and Mona Lisa (1986) earned him a reputation as an outstanding performer with critics. For his portrayal of the former prisoner George in Mona Lisa , Hoskins was named Best Actor at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival together with Michel Blanc . He was nominated for Best Actor at the Oscars . The following year he received the BAFTA Award for this role .

In 1991 he shot Death in the Mirror with Tom Berenger and Greta Scacchi . In 1993 he starred in Super Mario Bros. with Dennis Hopper and Fiona Shaw . The film flopped as unsuccessful implementation of Nintendo - Video game at the box office and meant for Hoskins a major setback in his career, so he it later described his participation as one of his biggest mistakes. In 1998 he appeared in Cousin Bette with Jessica Lange , Geraldine Chaplin , and Simon McBurney , in 2004 in the Bobby Darin - biopic Beyond the Sea by Kevin Spacey a . a. alongside John Goodman and Greta Scacchi. Hoskins also worked with Steven Spielberg , Julia Roberts , Cher and Dustin Hoffman .

At the end of the 1990s he worked in rather small projects, also to promote young actors. From 2000 onwards, Hoskins turned back to Hollywood more often . He played with Jennifer Lopez and Morgan Freeman , among others . In 2005 he starred with Ewan McGregor in the psychological thriller Stay and then in the comedy film Lady Henderson presented alongside Judi Dench . He starred alongside Ben Affleck in The Hollywood Conspiracy , which addresses the authentic death of actor George Reeves . In 2006 he appeared in the episode film Paris, je t'aime in a scene at the side of Fanny Ardant .

Hoskins received the European Film Award for Best Actor for his role in the Shane Meadows- directed film Twenty Four Seven . Four years later he was nominated for the same award for his role in Last Orders . In 1989, Hoskins received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Actor for his portrayal in Wrong Play with Roger Rabbit and another in 2006 for Best Supporting Actor in Lady Henderson .

Hoskins was married to Jane Liversey from 1967 to 1978. This marriage resulted in two children. In 1982 he married Linda Banwell, with whom he also had two children. In 2011 he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. For this reason, he announced his retirement from the film business in August 2012. Hoskins died on April 29, 2014 at the age of 71 of complications from pneumonia in a London hospital in the presence of his wife and children.

Voice actor

Hoskins said a strong Cockney - dialect , which is also in some of his films as a stylistic device was used. His German dubbing voices were various speakers, mostly Klaus Sonnenschein , Mogens von Gadow and Thomas Fritsch . Hoskins was also active as a voice actor, for example in the films Balto - A Dog with a Hero's Heart or Garfield 2 .



Individual evidence

  1. British film star Bob Hoskins retires. Spiegel Online , accessed August 8, 2012 .
  2. Andreas Borcholte: On the death of Bob Hoskins: With heart and Plauze. In: Spiegel Online of April 30, 2014 (accessed April 30, 2014).
  3. : Bob Hoskins died at the age of 71 , accessed on May 8, 2014
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Web links

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