There’s more sad news out of Tinseltown today. Actor Bob Hoskins, best known for playing the gruff private detective in the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, has died.
Hoskins’ family released a statement that he died following a bout of pneumonia. He was 71 years old.
If you grew up going to the movies in the late 80s and early 90s, then you should have no trouble recognizing the great British actor. He starred in some of the biggest movies that shaped your movie-going childhood. He started on British television in the 1970s before becoming an official film star the following decade as a cold mobster in the British gangster movie The Long Good Friday. He also received his only Oscar nomination in 1987 for Best Actor for the movie Mona Lisa.
Of course, every child of the 90s remembers Hoskins best as the grumpy, alcoholic detective who teams up with a cartoon rabbit framed for murder in the Robert Zemeckis movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. The film blended live action with hand-drawn animation and became a certified blockbuster. It also became Hoskins’ most successful movie.
He followed it with memorable performances in less successful children’s flicks such as Steven Spielberg’s Hook as Captain Hook’s right hand man Mr. Smee.
He also played one of the title roles in the notorious, big box office bomb Super Mario Bros. that attempted to remake the classic NES game into a sci-fi adventure film. He recently called it the worst movie and the biggest disappointment of his career.
He continued to work through the autumn years of his career in both TV and film but announced his retirement in 2012 after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. He offered a unique presence on any size screen and he’ll certainly be missed.