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Bob Hoskins (1942 -- 2014)

Robert 'Bob' William Hoskins was born on 26 October in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Growing up in London Bob Hoskins battled with dyslexia. After school he trained as a commercial artist  and went on to  take up a variety of jobs, discovering acting by accident.

Bob joined the Royal Court Theatre in 1972 and went on to work with different theatres including the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Aldwych Theatre in 1976 and the National Theatre. His television role in Pennies From Heaven (1978) saw him nominated for a television BAFTA and opened the way for his work in film.

His many memorable films included; The Long Good Friday (1980) alongside Dame Helen Mirren which earned him a BAFTA nomination, The Cotton Club (1984), Mona Lisa (1986) which saw Bob win many awards including Best Actor at Cannes, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA  and his only Oscar nomination. 

Together with his more dramatic and hard hitting roles Bob's range could be seen in animated, family and comical films including; Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988),  Hook (1991), Mrs Henderson Presents (2005) and Made in Dagenham (2010).

Bob retired from acting in 2012 due to illness seeing his last screen role in Snow White and the Huntsman (2012).

Bob Hoskins died on 29 April 2014.