British actor Bob Hoskins has died at 71 after a bout of pneumonia. London-raised Hoskins appeared in some of the most acclaimed British films of the past few decades. His specialty was tough guys with a soft center, including the ex-con who chaperones Cathy Tyson’s escort in Neil Jordan’s 1986 film Mona Lisa. He was nominated for a best-actor Academy Award for that role but his Hollywood breakthrough came in the part-animated 1988 hit Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Among many roles he was the pirate Smee in Steven Spielberg’s 1991 Peter Pan movie Hook and is last part was as one of the seven dwarves in Snow White & The Huntsman, starring Kristen Stewart. In 2012, Hoskins announced that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and was retiring from acting.
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