Bob Hoskins

Bob Hoskins

actor, director, additional crew

Bob Hoskins was born on Oct 26, 1942 in UK. Bob Hoskins's big-screen debut came with Up the Front directed by Bob Kellett in 1972, strarring Recruiting Sgt.. Bob Hoskins is known for The Forgotten Toys directed by Graham Ralph, Bob Sessions stars as Chauncey and Clement Freud as Chauncey. Bob Hoskins has got 23 awards and 15 nominations so far. The most recent award Bob Hoskins achieved is International Emmy Awards. The upcoming new movie Bob Hoskins plays is The Forgotten Toys which will be released on Dec 26, 2013.

Bob Hoskins was described by the director John Mackenzie as "an actor from the British tradition but with an almost American approach, an instinctive approach to acting and knowing how to work with the camera". He was born on October 26, 1942, in Bury St. Edmund's, Suffolk, where his mother was living after being evacuated as a result of the heavy bombings. He is the son of Elsie Lillian (Hopkins), a nursery school teacher and cook, and Robert William Hoskins, Sr., who drove a lorry and worked as a bookkeeper. Growing up, Hoskins received only limited education and he left school at 15, but with a passion for language and literature instilled by his former English teacher.A regular theatre-goer, Hoskins dreamed of starring on stage, but before he could do so he had to work odd jobs for a long time to make ends meet. His acting career started out more by accident than by design, when he accompanied a friend to watch some auditions, only to be confused for one of the people auditioning, getting a script pushed into his hands with the message "You're next". He got the part and acquired an agent. After some stage success, he expanded to television with roles in television series such as Villains (1972) and Thick as Thieves (1974). In the mid-'70s, he started his film career, standing out when he performed alongside Richard Dreyfuss in John Byrum's Gros plan (1975) and in a smaller part in Richard Lester's Le froussard héroïque (1975).Hoskins broke through in 1978 in Dennis Potter's mini TV series, Pennies from Heaven (1978), playing "Arthur Parker", the doomed salesman. After this, a string of high-profile and successful films followed, starting with his true major movie debut in 1980's Racket (1980) as the ultimately doomed "Harold Shand". This was followed by such works as Cotton Club (1984), Mona Lisa (1986), which won him an Oscar nomination as well as a BAFTA award, Cannes Film Festival and Golden Globe), Qui veut la peau de Roger Rabbit (1988) (Golden Globe nomination), Les 2 sirènes (1990), Hook ou la revanche du Capitaine Crochet (1991), Nixon (1995), Le voyage de Felicia (1999) and Stalingrad (2001).Hoskins always carefully balanced the riches of Hollywood with the labor of independent film, though leaned more towards the latter than the former. He worked at smaller projects such as Shane Meadows' debut 24 heures sur 24 (1997), in which he starred as "Allen Darcy". Besides this, he found time to direct, write and star in The Raggedy Rawney (1988), as well as direct and star in Les voyageurs de l'arc-en-ciel (1995), and contributing to HBO's Les contes de la crypte (1989) and Tube Tales (1999).Suffering from Parkinson's disease in later years, Hoskins died of pneumonia at age 71 in a London hospital.

  • Birthday

    Oct 26, 1942
  • Place of Birth

    Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England, UK

Known For


23 wins & 15 nominations

International Emmy Awards
Best Performance by an Actor
Winner - Emmy
The Street (2006)
Oxford International Film Festival, Ohio, USA
Best Actor
Winner - Jury Award
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