It took me way too long to decide which pictures of Bob Hoskins picture to go. My childhood argued with itself on whether I should use Roger Rabbit Bob Hoskins or Super Mario Bob Hoskins or Hook Bob Hoskins. I couldn’t decide, so I just went with topless Bob Hoskins. Everybody loves a topless Bob Hoskins.
In sad news for your Wednesday news, Oscar-nominated British actor Bob Hoskins (born name: Robert William Hoskins Jr.) went up to heaven last night after suffering from pneumonia for a long time. He was 71. Bob Hoskins’ 40-year-long acting career started on the stage and after starring in the BBC mini-series Pennies From Heaven, he got his big break when he was cast in 1980’s The Long Good Friday with Helen Mirren. In the 80s, Bob was in Pink Floyd The Wall, Brazil, The Cotton Club and Mona Lisa, which got an Oscar nomination for. And then starting in 1988, Bob starred in a bunch of movies which I’m sure most of us watched over and over again until the VHS tape warped out. Bob was in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Hook, Mermaids and Super Mario Bros. And even after his long, successful, award-winning career, Heaven’s door bitch probably said to him, “I loved you in Spice World!”
Bob’s last movie was 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman. He retired that year after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s.
And while reading about Bob Hoskins this morning, I found this fun maybe-fact that I’m not sure is true, but it made me love him even more:
Fun fact: Dustin Hoffman and Bob Hoskins decided secretly that they’d play Hook and Smee as a gay couple. When Spielberg, the director, found out, he was furious.
Rest in peace, Bob Hoskins.