Bob Hoskins

Actors

Robert William Hoskins (October 26, 1942 – April 29, 2014) was an English actor. His work included lead roles in Pennies from Heaven (1978), The Long Good Friday (1980), with Helen Mirren; Neil Jordan‘s Mona Lisa (1986), with Cathy Tyson and Michael Caine; Robert Zemeckis‘ Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), with Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy, the voices of Charles Fleischer and Kathleen Turner; Richard Benjamin‘s Mermaids (1990), with Cher, Winona Ryder, and Christina Ricci; and Super Mario Bros. (1993), with John Leguizamo and Dennis Hopper.

Notable supporting performances include Terry Gilliam‘s Brazil (1985), with Jonathan Pryce, Robert De Niro, Kim Greist, Michael Palin, Katherine Helmond, and Ian Holm; Steven Spielberg‘s Hook (1991), with Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts, and Maggie Smith; Oliver Stone‘s Nixon (1995), with Anthony Hopkins, Joan Allen, Powers Boothe, J.T. Walsh, James Woods, Paul Sorvino, Ed Harris, Madeline Kahn, and David Hyde Pierce; Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Enemy at the Gates (2001), with Jude Law, Rachel Weisz, Harris, Joseph Fiennes, and Ron Perlman; Stephen Frears‘s Mrs Henderson Presents (2005), Judi Dench, Kelly Reilly, Will Young, and Christopher Guest; A Christmas Carol (2009), with Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Robin Wright, and Cary Elwes; Made in Dagenham (2010), with Sally Hawkins, Miranda Richardson, Geraldine James, Rosamund Pike, Andrea Riseborough, Jaime Winstone, Daniel Mays and Richard Schiff; and Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), with Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Ian McShane, Ray Winstone, Nick Frost, and Toby Jones.

Other notable films include Heart Condition (1990), with Denzel Washington; The Favour, the Watch and the Very Big Fish (1991), with Jeff Goldblum and Natasha Richardson; Wolfgang Peterson‘s Shattered (1991), with Tom Berenger, Greta Scacchi, Joanne Whalley, and Corbin Bernsen; Passed Away (1992), with Blair Brown, Tim Curry, Frances McDormand, William Petersen, Pamela Reed, Peter Riegert, Maureen Stapleton, Nancy Travis, and Jack Warden; The Big Freeze (1993), with John Mills, Donald Pleasence, and Spike Milligan; The Secret Agent (1996), with Patricia Arquette, Gérard Depardieu, and Christian Bale; Nora Ephron‘s Michael (1996), with John Travolta, Andie MacDowell, William Hurt, Joey Lauren Adams, and Robert Pastorelli; and Cousin Bette (1998), with Jessica Lange, Elisabeth Shue, Hugh Laurie, Aden Young, Kelly Macdonald, Geraldine Chaplin; Peter Yates‘s TV movie Don Quixote (2000), with John Lithgow, Isabella Rossellini, Vanessa Williams, Lambert Wilson, Amelia Warner, Tony Haygarth, Peter Eyre, Lilo Baur, James Purefoy, and Trevor Peacock; Sparkle (2007), with Stockard Channing, Shaun Evans, and Anthony Head.

Hoskins also directed two feature films: The Raggedy Rawney (1988), with Dexter Fletcher, Zoe Nathenson, and Zoë Wanamaker; and Rainbow (1996), with Terry Finn, Jacob Tierney, Saul Rubinek, and Dan Aykroyd. He 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. Hoskins retired from acting in 2012 because he had developed Parkinson’s disease, and died from pneumonia on 29 April 2014, at age 71.

Each review will be linked to the title below.

(*seen originally in theaters)

(**seen rereleased in theaters)

  • Up the Front (1972) – directed by Bob Kellett
  • And All Who Sail in Her (1973) – directed by Kenneth Ives – TV short
  • The National Health (1973) – directed by Jack Gold
  • If There Weren’t Any Blacks You’d Have to Invent Them (1974) – directed by Bill Hays – TV movie
  • Inserts (1975) – directed by John Byrum
  • Royal Flash (1975) – directed by Richard Lester
  • Pennies from Heaven (1978) – directed by Piers Haggard – miniseries
  • Of Mycenae and Men (1979) – directed by Hugh David – TV short
  • Zulu Dawn (1979) – directed by Douglas Hickox
  • Brecht and Co (1979) – directed by Robert Vas – TV movie
  • Sheppey (1980) – directed by Anthony Page – TV movie
  • The Long Good Friday (1980) – directed by John Mackenzie
  • Flickers (1980) – directed by Cyril Coke – miniseries
  • Stainless Steel and the Star Spies (1981) – directed by Anthony Simmons – TV movie
  • Othello (1981) – directed by Jonathan Miller – TV movie
  • Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982) – directed by Alan Parker
  • The Honorary Consul (1983) – directed by John Mackenzie – aka Beyond the Limit
  • The Beggar’s Opera (1983) – directed by Jonathan Miller – TV movie
  • Lassiter (1984) – directed by Roger Young
  • The Cotton Club (1984) – directed by Francis Ford Coppola
  • Brazil (1985) – directed by Terry Gilliam
  • The Woman Who Married Clark Gable (1985) – directed by Thaddeus O’Sullivan – short
  • Mussolini and I (1985) – directed by Alberto Negrin – miniseries
  • The Dunera Boys (1985) – directed by Ben Lewin – miniseries
  • Sweet Liberty (1986) – directed by Alan Alda
  • Mona Lisa (1986) – directed by Neil Jordan
  • A Prayer for the Dying (1987) – directed by Mike Hodges
  • The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987) – directed by Jack Clayton
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) – directed by Robert Zemeckis & Richard Williams (uncredited animation director)
  • The Raggedy Rawney (1988) – also director, co-writer
  • Tummy Trouble (1989) – directed by Frank Marshall (live action) & Rob Minkoff (animation) – uncredited – short
  • Heart Condition (1990) – directed by James D. Parriott
  • Mermaids (1990) – directed by Richard Benjamin
  • Shattered (1991) – directed by Wolfgang Petersen
  • The Favour, the Watch and the Very Big Fish (1991) – directed by Ben Lewin
  • Hook (1991)* – directed by Steven Spielberg
  • The Inner Circle (1991) – directed by Andrei Konchalovsky
  • Passed Away (1992) – directed by Charlie Peters
  • Blue Ice (1992) – directed by Russell Mulcahy
  • Super Mario Bros. (1993) – directed by Rocky Morton & Annabel Jankel
  • The Big Freeze (1993) – directed by Eric Sykes – TV movie
  • The Changeling (1993) – directed by Simon Curtis – TV movie
  • World War II: When Lions Roared (1994) – directed by Joseph Sargent – miniseries – aka Then There Were Giants
  • Nixon (1995) – directed by Oliver Stone
  • Balto (1995) – directed by Simon Wells
  • Rainbow (1996) – also director
  • The Secret Agent (1996) – directed by Christopher Hampton
  • Michael (1996)* – directed by Nora Ephron
  • Twenty Four Seven (1997) – directed by Shane Meadows
  • Spice World (1997) – directed by Bob Spiers – cameo
  • Cousin Bette (1998) – directed by Des McAnuff
  • Parting Shots (1999) – directed by Michael Winner
  • Felicia’s Journey (1999) – directed by Atom Egoyan
  • Captain Jack (1999) – directed by Robert Young
  • A Room for Romeo Brass (1999) – directed by Shane Meadows
  • The White River Kid (1999) – directed by Arne Glimcher – aka White River, The Conmen
  • David Copperfield (1999) – directed by Simon Curtis – miniseries
  • Let the Good Times Roll (1999) – directed by Dalia Ibelhauptaite – short
  • American Virgin (2000) – directed by Jean-Pierre Marois
  • Noriega: God’s Favorite (2000) – directed by Roger Spottiswoode – TV movie
  • Don Quixote (2000) – directed by Peter Yates – TV movie
  • Enemy at the Gates (2001) – directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud
  • Last Orders (2001) – directed by Fred Schepisi
  • The Lost World (2001) – directed by Stuart Orme – TV movie
  • Where Eskimos Live (2002) – directed by Tomasz Wiszniewski – aka Tam, gdzie żyją Eskimosi
  • Maid in Manhattan (2002) – directed by Wayne Wang
  • The Good Pope (2003) – directed by Ricky Tognazzi – TV movie
  • The Sleeping Dictionary (2003) – directed by Guy Jenkin – straight to video
  • Den of Lions (2003) – directed by James Bruce – straight to video
  • Vanity Fair (2004) – directed by Mira Nair
  • Beyond the Sea (2004) – directed by Kevin Spacey
  • Unleashed (2005) – directed by Louis Leterrier – aka Danny the Dog
  • Son of the Mask (2005) – directed by Lawrence Guterman
  • Mrs Henderson Presents (2005) – directed by Stephen Frears
  • Stay (2005) – directed by Marc Forster
  • Paris, je t’aime (2006) – directed by Gurinder Chadha, Sylvain Chomet, Joel & Ethan Coen, Isabel Coixet, Gérard Depardieu, Wes Craven, Alfonso Cuarón, Nobuhiro Suwa, Alexander Payne, Tom Tykwer, Walter Salles, Yolande Moreau, & Gus Van Sant – anthology – aka Paris, I Love You
  • Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006) – directed by Tim Hill
  • Hollywoodland (2006) – directed by Allen Coulter
  • The Wind in the Willows (2006) – directed by Rachel Talalay – TV movie
  • Sparkle (2007) – directed by Tom Hunsinger & Neil Hunter
  • Outlaw (2007) – directed by Nick Love
  • Go Go Tales (2007) – directed by Abel Ferrara
  • Ruby Blue (2008) – directed by Jan Dunn
  • The Englishman’s Boy (2008) – directed by John N. Smith – miniseries
  • Doomsday (2008) – directed by Neil Marshall
  • Pinocchio (2008) – directed by Alberto Sironi – TV movie
  • A Christmas Carol (2009) – directed by Robert Zemeckis
  • Made in Dagenham (2010) – directed by Nigel Cole
  • Will (2011) – directed by Ellen Perry
  • Neverland (2011) – directed by Nick Willing – miniseries
  • Outside Bet (2012) – directed by Sacha Bennett – aka Weighed In: The Story of the Mumper
  • Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) – directed by Rupert Sanders