The movies lost one of the greatest character actors of all time as it was announced that Bob Hoskins passed away last night at the age of 71 from a bout of pneumonia. He had previously been diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease and had recently retired from acting. I say “character actor” with the utmost of respect as his roles ranged from bit player status to movie star to TV staple and back again. Hoskins appeared in over 110 film and TV productions, his last being the role of Muir in “Snow White and the Huntsman”.
We now take a fond look back at the Box Office Insider Top 10 Most Memorable Roles of Bob Hoskins.
10. SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN (2012)–Muir- It was indeed a small role but fans of Hoskins will remember this fondly as his final on-screen appearance
9. PINK FLOYD THE WALL (1982)–Manager– Again, a small role but his performance stood out in an otherwise abysmal failure of a film.
8. SUPER MARIO BROTHERS (1993)–Mario– Awful movie, but Hoskins gave it his all as one of the two video game brothers.
7. DAVID COPPERFIELD (1999 TV)– Micawber–Playing the penniless Micawber, Hoskins, as was the norm rather than the exception, nearly steals the film.
6. NIXON (1995)– Hoover– It’s remarkable to look back at his performance as J Edgar Hoover and recall that he was NOT nominated for this role.
5. WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT (1988)–Eddie Valiant– A perfect straight man role for the rest of the wacky characters in this half live action, half CGI classic.
4. THICK AS THIEVES (1974)—Dobbs– Going old school with this British sitcom featuring both Hoskins and the great John Thaw (“Inspector Morse”). Need we say more?
3. THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY (1980)–Harold Shand– This was Hoskins’ breakout role as British Gangster Harold Shand, who must deal with a rival syndicate muscling in on his successful territory. The film, which also starred Helen Mirren, features the classic scene of Hoskins lecturing rival gang members who he has hanging upside down in mid air.
2. BRAZIL (1985)– Spoor–Talk about your wickedly bizarre movies. Terry Gilliam’s satire on the bureaucratic system features Hoskins in a supporting role as a Central Services worker (“CENTRAL SERVICES!!!”) with ulterior motives.
1. MONA LISA (1986)–George– In my mind this is Hoskins’ finest performance. He plays George, recently released from prison, who is hired to drive upscale call girl Cathy Tyson to her “jobs”. The interplay between the rough-around-the-edges George and Simone is brilliant as George slowly develops a father/daughter-like relationship, all under the guise of director Neil Jordan in one of his finest efforts.