British Character Actor Bob Hoskins Dies At 71

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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."


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.

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