British actor Bob Hoskins dead at age 71

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British actor Bob Hoskins dead at age 71

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British actor Bob Hoskins has died.

A family statement said he died peacefully at hospital following a bout of pneumonia. He was 71.

Hoskins retired from acting in 2012 after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

He shot to international stardom in the movie ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ playing opposite a cast of cartoon characters.

Hoskins started his career in the 1970s on British television shows such as “Thick as Thieves” and “Rock Follies of ’77”.

Moving into big film roles, his turn as a mobster in 1980s “The Long Good Friday” defined his tough guy persona.

He was nominated for a best actor Oscar in 1987 for “Mona Lisa”, in which he starred opposite Sir Michael Caine and Robbie Coltrane, and won a Golden Globe award.

“He was one of the nicest and best actors I have ever worked with,” Caine told the BBC.