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Actor Bob Hoskins dies

Update : 30 Apr 2014, 12:58 PM

The actor Bob Hoskins has died at age 71. Following a diagnosis with Parkinson's disease in the autumn of 2011, he had retired from acting in 2012.

A career that spanned more than 30 years, Hopkins was known for his gruff bonhomie. He is known to be one of Britain's best-loved actors, reports The Guardian.

Actor Bob Hoskins, who has died aged 71. [Photocredit: the Guardian]

He first found fame on the small screen in Dennis Potter's Pennies from Heaven, and then in cinemas as a London gangster-turned-businessman in The Long Good Friday (1980).

Hoskins had leading roles in Brazil (1985), Mona Lisa (1986), Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988), Mermaids (1990) and Super Mario Bros (1993).

Many will also remember him fondly for a series of adverts shot in the late 80s and early 90s for BT with his catchphrase, "It's good to talk".

He teamed up with Shane Meadows for Twenty Four Seven (1997) and A Room for Romeo Brass (2000), and winning much acclaim for his role in Atom Egoyan's Felicia's Journey (1999).

Most recently, Hoskins was seen in movies such Made in Dagenham, Snow White and the Huntsman and Outside Bet. On the set of that film, about the Wapping newspaper dispute in the mid-80s, Hoskins told the Guardian why he kept on working: "There's always someone who rings up and says: 'Now Bob, before you go, there's a cracking little swansong for you'."



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