Hoskins during the filming of Ruby Blue (2007)
Robert William Hoskins
26 October 1942
|Died||29 April 2014 71) (aged|
(m. 1967;div. 1978)
(m. 1982;his death 2014)
Robert William Hoskins (26 October 1942 – 29 April 2014) was an English actor.His work included lead roles in Pennies from Heaven (1978), The Long Good Friday (1980), Mona Lisa (1986), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Mermaids (1990), and Super Mario Bros. (1993), and supporting performances in Brazil (1985), Hook (1991), Nixon (1995), Enemy at the Gates (2001), Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005), A Christmas Carol (2009), Made in Dagenham (2010), and Snow White and the Huntsman (2012). He also directed two feature films.
Pennies from Heaven is a 1978 BBC musical drama serial written by Dennis Potter. The title is taken from the song "Pennies from Heaven" written by Johnny Burke and Arthur Johnston. It was one of several Potter serials to mix the reality of the drama with a dark fantasy content, and the earliest of his works where the characters burst into extended performances of popular songs.
The Long Good Friday is a British gangster film starring Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren. It was completed in 1979, but because of release delays, it is generally credited as a 1980 film. The storyline weaves together events and concerns of the late 1970s, including mid-level political and police corruption, IRA fund-raising, displacement of traditional British industry by property development, UK membership of the EEC, and the free-market economy.
Mona Lisa is a 1986 British neo-noir crime drama film about an ex-convict who becomes entangled in the dangerous life of a high-class call girl. The film was written by Neil Jordan and David Leland, and directed by Jordan. It was produced by HandMade Films and stars Bob Hoskins, Cathy Tyson, and Michael Caine.
Hoskins received the best actor award at the Cannes Film Festival, the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama for his role in Mona Lisa. He was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for the same role. In 2009, Hoskins won an International Emmy Award for Best Actor for his appearance on the BBC One drama The Street . In 2012, Hoskins retired from acting due to Parkinson's disease, and he died from pneumonia on 29 April 2014, at age 71.
The Cannes Festival, until 2002 called the International Film Festival and known in English as the Cannes Film Festival, is an annual film festival held in Cannes, France, which previews new films of all genres, including documentaries from all around the world. Founded in 1946, the invitation-only festival is held annually at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès.
Best Actor in a Leading Role is a British Academy Film Award presented annually by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) to recognize an actor who has delivered an outstanding leading performance in a film.
The Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama was first awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association as a separate category in 1951. Previously, there was a single award for "Best Actor in a Motion Picture" but the splitting allowed for recognition of it and the Best Actor – Musical or Comedy.
Hoskins was born in Bury St Edmunds, West Suffolk, on 26 October 1942 to Robert Hoskins, a bookkeeper and lorry driver, and Elsie (née Hopkins) Hoskins, a cook and nursery school teacher.His grandmother was Romani. From two weeks old he was brought up in Finsbury Park, London. He attended Stroud Green Secondary School where he was written off as stupid on account of his dyslexia. He left school at 15 with a single O-Level and worked as a porter, lorry driver, plumber and window cleaner. He started but did not complete a 3-year accountancy course. He spent half a year in Israel on a kibbutz, and two years in Syria tending the camels of a Bedouin tribe.
Bury St Edmunds, commonly referred to locally as Bury, is a historic market town and civil parish in Suffolk, England. Bury St Edmunds Abbey is near the town centre. Bury is the seat of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich of the Church of England, with the episcopal see at St Edmundsbury Cathedral.
West Suffolk was an administrative county of England created in 1889 from part of the county of Suffolk. It survived until 1974 when it was rejoined with East Suffolk. Its county town was Bury St Edmunds.
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Hoskins' acting career began in 1968 at the Victoria Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent, in a production of Romeo and Juliet in which he portrayed a servant named Peter.A year later, while waiting in the bar at Unity Theatre, London, for his friend the actor Robert Frost, Hoskins found himself being auditioned for a play after being handed a script and told "you're next." His audition was successful and Frost became his understudy. Frost considered Hoskins "a natural", recalling that "he just got up on stage and was brilliant."
Stoke-on-Trent is a city and unitary authority area in Staffordshire, England, with an area of 36 square miles (93 km2). Together with the neighbouring boroughs of Newcastle-under-Lyme and Staffordshire Moorlands, it is part of North Staffordshire. In 2016, the city had a population of 261,302.
Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. It was among Shakespeare's most popular plays during his lifetime and along with Hamlet, is one of his most frequently performed plays. Today, the title characters are regarded as archetypal young lovers.
Unity Theatre was a theatre club formed in 1936, and initially based in St Judes Hall, Britannia Street, Somers Town, London NW1. In 1937 it moved to a former chapel in Goldington Street, also in Somers Town in the London Borough of Camden. Although the theatre was destroyed by fire in 1975, productions continued sporadically until 1994, when the site was sold for social housing. Unity Mews is today on the site and a bronze plaque commemorates the theatre. It had links to the Left Book Club Theatre Guild and the Communist Party of Great Britain. By the end of the theatre's first decade, it had spawned 250 branches throughout Britain.
His first major television role was in On the Move (1975–1976), an educational drama series directed by Barbara Derkow intended to tackle adult illiteracy.He portrayed the character Alf Hunt, a removal man who had problems reading and writing. According to producer George Auckland, up to 17 million people watched the series. His breakthrough in television came later in the original BBC version of Dennis Potter's innovative 6-part fantasy-drama Pennies from Heaven (1978), in which he portrayed adulterous sheet music salesman Arthur Parker. He went on to play Iago in Jonathan Miller's BBC Television Shakespeare production of Othello (1981). In 1983 Hoskins voiced an advert for Weetabix and during the late 1980s and early 1990s, he appeared in advertising for British Gas and British Telecom (now BT Group). Other television work included Flickers, portraying Wilkins Micawber in David Copperfield (1999), and The Wind in the Willows (2006).
On The Move was a television series made by the BBC and first broadcast in 1975 and 1976 in 50 ten-minute episodes. Produced by David Hargreaves and directed by Barbara Derkow, this engaging situation comedy was in fact an educational programme aimed at adults with literacy problems, and linked to a national campaign at the time. It was credited with removing some of the stigma attached to illiteracy.
A moving company, removalist or van line is a company that helps people and businesses move their goods from one place to another. It offers all inclusive services for relocations like packing, loading, moving, unloading, unpacking, arranging of items to be shifted. Additional services may include cleaning services for houses, offices or warehousing facilities.
George Auckland is a UK television and digital media executive, who had a long career at the BBC. During his time as a BBC executive he worked on some of the key educational landmarks in British interactive media including the BBC Micro computer and the BBC Networking Club. He also set up the BBC's first web production unit which was responsible for award winning websites such as Teletubbies, Bitesize, and produced many of the BBC's early TV programmes about home computing and the Internet.
British films such as The Long Good Friday (1980) and Mona Lisa (1986) won him the wider approval of critics, the latter film winning him a Cannes Award, Best Actor Golden Globe, BAFTA Awards, and an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. Other works in film included delivering comic turns in Terry Gilliam's Brazil (1985); portraying Smee in Hook (1991) and in Neverland (2011); starring opposite Cher in Mermaids (1990); portraying Nikita Khrushchev as a political commissar in Enemy at the Gates (2001); and playing Uncle Bart, the violent psychopathic "owner" of Jet Li in Unleashed (2005; aka Danny The Dog). He had a small role as Pink Floyd's manager in The Wall (1979), and in 1997 had a cameo as Ginger Spice’s disguise in the Spice Girls film Spice World .He directed two films that he also starred in: The Raggedy Rawney (1988) and Rainbow (1996), and produced Mrs Henderson Presents alongside Norma Heyman, for which he was nominated Golden Globe Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the film.
The United Kingdom has had a significant film industry for over a century. While film production reached an all-time high in 1936, the "golden age" of British cinema is usually thought to have occurred in the 1940s, during which the directors David Lean, Michael Powell, and Carol Reed produced their most critically acclaimed works. Many British actors have achieved worldwide fame and critical success, such as Maggie Smith, Roger Moore, Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Daniel Day-Lewis, Gary Oldman, Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet. Some of the films with the largest ever box office returns have been made in the United Kingdom, including the third and fourth highest-grossing film franchises.
The Academy Award for Best Actor is an award presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). It is given in honor of an actor who has delivered an outstanding performance in a leading role while working within the film industry. The award is traditionally presented by the previous year's Best Actress winner.
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A high point in his career was portraying private investigator Edward "Eddie" Valiant in the live-action/animated family blockbuster, Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988). Hoskins was not the first choice for the role; Harrison Ford, Bill Murray, and Eddie Murphy were all considered for the part.Film critics, among them Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, agreed that Hoskins was perfect for the role. As his character interacts and makes physical contact with animated characters in the film, Hoskins was required to take mime training courses in preparation. He suffered hallucinations for months after production on the film had ended. He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and won a British Evening Standard Award for his performance.
Hoskins was slated to be the last-minute replacement in case Robert De Niro refused the role of Al Capone in The Untouchables (1987). When De Niro accepted the part, the director Brian De Palma mailed Hoskins a cheque for £20,000 with a "Thank You" note. Hoskins was moved to call the director and ask if there were any more films he wasn't needed for.
He told The Guardian in 2007 that he regretted starring as Mario in Super Mario Bros. (1993), saying that he was extremely unhappy with the film, greatly angered by his experiences making it, and referring to it as the "worst thing I ever did". He was injured several times on set, spent most of the time with co-star John Leguizamo getting drunk to escape boredom, and had no idea the film was based upon a video game until told so by his son.
In 2007 Hoskins appeared in the music video for Jamie T's single "Sheila".In 2009 he returned to television for Jimmy McGovern's drama serial The Street , playing a publican who opposes a local gangster. For this role he received his only Emmy: Best Actor at the 2010 International Emmys. The 2011 film In Search of La Che features a character, "Wermit", whose every line of dialogue is a quote of Bob Hoskins.
On 8 August 2012 Hoskins announced his retirement from acting having been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2011.
In 1967, aged 25, Hoskins spent a short period of time volunteering in kibbutz Zikim in Israel, and also herded camels in Syria.When asked in an interview which living person he most despised, Hoskins named Tony Blair and said that "he's done even more damage than Thatcher". He hated Blair to the point that he decided in 2010, for the first time in his life, not to vote for Labour, by then led by Gordon Brown. He made light of his similarities with film actor Danny DeVito, whom he joked would play him in a film about his life.
With his first wife Jane Livesey, Hoskins had two children named Alex (born 1968) and Sarah (born 1972). With his second wife Linda Banwell, he had two more children named Rosa (born c. 1983) and Jack (born c. 1986).Hoskins divided his time between Hampstead, London and Chiddingly, East Sussex.
In August 2012, Hoskins retired from acting after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2011.
On 29 April 2014, he died of pneumonia at a hospital in London, England at age 71.He is survived by his second wife Linda Banwell and his four children.
Among the actors who paid tribute at his funeral were Stephen Fry, Samuel L. Jackson, and Helen Mirren, who said that "London will miss one of her best and most loving sons".
|1972||Up the Front||Recruiting sergeant|
|1973||The National Health||Foster|
|1975||Royal Flash||Police Constable|
|1979||Zulu Dawn||CSM Williams|
|1980||The Long Good Friday||Harold Shand|| Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor |
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
|1982||Pink Floyd The Wall||Band manager|
|1983||The Honorary Consul||Colonel Perez||Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role|
|1984||Lassiter||Inspector John Becker|
|The Cotton Club||Owney Madden|
|1985||The Woman Who Married Clark Gable||George|
|The Dunera Boys||Morrie Mendellsohn|
|1986||Sweet Liberty||Stanley Gould|
|Mona Lisa||George|| BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role |
Cannes Film Festival: Best Actor (tied with Michel Blanc in Ménage )
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
London Film Critics Circle Award for Actor of the Year (tied with William Hurt in Kiss of the Spider Woman )
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Valladolid International Film Festival: Best Actor
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actor
|1987||A Prayer for the Dying||Father Michael Da Costa|
|The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne||James Madden||Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor|
|1988||Who Framed Roger Rabbit||Eddie Valiant|| Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor |
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actor
|The Raggedy Rawney||Darky||Also director|
|1990||Heart Condition||Jack Moony|
|1991||The Favour, the Watch and the Very Big Fish||Louis Aubinard|
|The Inner Circle||Lavrentiy Beria|
|1992||Passed Away||Johnny Scanlan|
|Blue Ice||Sam Garcia|
|1993||Super Mario Bros.||Mario Mario|
|The Big Freeze||Sidney|
|1995||Nixon||J. Edgar Hoover||Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture|
|1996||Rainbow||Frank Bailey||Also director|
|The Secret Agent||Verloc|
|1997||Twenty Four Seven||Alan Darcy||European Film Award for Best Actor|
|Spice World||Ginger Spice's disguise||Cameo|
|1998||Cousin Bette||Cesar Crevel|
|1999||Parting Shots||Gerd Layton|
|Captain Jack||Jack Armistead|
|Felicia's Journey||Hilditch||Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role|
|A Room for Romeo Brass||Steven Laws|
|The White River Kid||Brother Edgar|
|2001||Enemy at the Gates||Nikita Khrushchev|
|Last Orders||Ray "Raysie" Johnson|| National Board of Review Award for Best Acting by an Ensemble |
Nominated – European Film Award for Best Actor (shared with ensemble cast)
|2002||Where Eskimos Live||Sharkey|
|Maid in Manhattan||Lionel Bloch|
|2003||The Sleeping Dictionary||Henry||DVD Exclusive Award for Best Supporting Actor in a DVD Premiere Movie|
|Den of Lions||Darius Paskevic|
|2004||Vanity Fair||Sir Pitt Crawley|
|Beyond the Sea||Charlie Maffia|
|Son of the Mask||Odin||Nominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor|
|Mrs Henderson Presents||Vivian Van Damm|| National Board of Review Award for Best Acting by an Ensemble |
Nominated – British Independent Film Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated – St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
|Stay||Dr. Leon Patterson|
|2006||Paris, je t'aime||Bob Leander||Segment: "Pigalle"|
|The Wind in the Willows||Badger|
|Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties||Winston||Voice|
|Ruby Blue||Jack||Oxford International Film Festival - Best Actor|
|Go Go Tales||The Baron|
|2009||A Christmas Carol||Mr. Fezziwig / Old Joe||Motion capture; voice|
|2010||Made in Dagenham||Albert||Nominated – British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|2012||Outside Bet||Percy "Smudge" Smith|
|2012||Snow White and the Huntsman||Muir|
|1972||Villains||Charles Grindley||3 episode|
|Play for Today||Taxi driver||Episode: "The Bankrupt"|
|1973||Crown Court||Freddie Dean||3 episodes|
|New Scotland Yard||Eddie Wharton||Episode: "Weight of Evidence"|
|Softly, Softly: Taskforce||Parker||Episode: "Outrage"|
|Play for Today||Woodbine||Episode: "Her Majesty's Pleasure"|
|1974||Shoulder to Shoulder||Jack Dunn||Episode: "Outrage"|
|Thick as Thieves||Dobbs||8 episodes|
|Play for Today||Blake||Episode: "Schmoedipus"|
|1975||On the Move||Alf||2 years, 100 episodes|
|1976||Thriller||Sammy Draper||Episode: "Cry Terror"|
|The Crezz||Detective Sergeant Marble||Episode: "A Flash of Inspiration"|
|1977||Van der Valk||Johnny Palmer||Episode: "Dead on Arrival"|
|Rock Follies of '77||Johnny Britten||Episode: "The Real Life"|
|1978||Pennies from Heaven||Arthur Parker||6 episodes|
Nominated – BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor
|1979||Of Mycenae and Men||Mr. Taramasalatopoulos||Television short|
|1980||Flickers||Arnie Cole||6 episodes|
|1981||Othello||Iago||Television film - BBC|
|1983||The Beggar's Opera||Beggar||Television film - BBC|
|1985||Mussolini and I||Benito Mussolini||4 episodes|
|1985||The Dunera Boys||Morrie Mendellsohn||2 episodes|
|1994||The Changeling||De Flores||Television film|
|World War II: When Lions Roared||Winston Churchill||Television film - NBC|
|1995–1999||The Forgotten Toys||Teddy||Voice|
|1996||Tales from the Crypt||Redmond||Episode: "Fatal Caper"|
|1999||David Copperfield||Wilkins Micawber||2 episodes|
|2000||Noriega: God's Favorite||Manuel Noriega||Television film|
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
|Don Quixote||Sancho Panza||Television film - Hallmark|
|2001||The Lost World||Professor George Challenger||Television film - BBC|
|2003||Frasier||Coach Fuller||Episode: "Trophy Girlfriend"|
|The Good Pope: Pope John XXIII||Angelo Roncalli/Pope John XXIII||Television film|
|2008||The Englishman's Boy||Damon Ira Chance||2 episodes|
|The Last Word Monologues||unnamed hitman||Episode: "A Bit of Private Business"|
|2009||The Street||Paddy Gargan||2 episodes|
International Emmy Award for Best Actor
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