British Character Actor Bob Hoskins Dies At 71

Bob Hoskins died this week after being hospitalized with pneumonia. He starred in memorable films such as The Long Good Friday, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Mona Lisa and The Cotton Club. He was 71.

Copyright © 2014 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Let's remember now actor Bob Hoskins, who died this week. He's probably best known for playing the private eye in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," opposite a very sexy cartoon, Jessica Rabbit.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT")

BOB HOSKINS: (as Eddie Valiant) You got to have the rabbit to make the scam work.

KATHLEEN TURNER: (as Jessica Rabbit) No. No. No. I love my husband. You've got me all wrong.

MONTAGNE: Bob Hoskins was a perfect big-screen gangster. He was short, but looked mean in a tall fedora.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Hoskins was a veteran of England's Royal National Theatre. He won over critics in the film "Mona Lisa." He played George, an ex-con who falls for the working girl he chauffeurs around London.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "MONA LISA")

HOSKINS: (as George) She was trapped like a bird in a cage, but he couldn't see it. Well, he liked her too much.

INSKEEP: The role won him an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe.

MONTAGNE: The story is he got into acting by accident. He was watching a friend audition for a play when someone handed him a script. Hoskins landed the part. And although he was British, he played a lot of Americans. Oliver Stone cast him as a nasty J. Edgar Hoover in the movie "Nixon."

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "NIXON")

HOSKINS: (as J. Edgar Hoover) Sometimes, the system comes very close to cracking. We've already had one radical in the White House. I don't believe it would survive another.

MONTAGNE: Actor Bob Hoskins, in one of his many roles. He was 71 when he died on Tuesday.

Copyright © 2014 NPR. All rights reserved. No quotes from the materials contained herein may be used in any media without attribution to NPR. This transcript is provided for personal, noncommercial use only, pursuant to our Terms of Use. Any other use requires NPR's prior permission. Visit our permissions page for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR's programming is the audio.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.