The twinkle in his eye. The adorable side smirk. The gravelly American accent he presented on ocassion. The brilliant British talent...is gone.
Today the world lost a great actor. For some, a great person. For SWATHers...our loveable wiseman.
Robert William Hoskins fondly called "Bob," died Tuesday night at the age of 71 of pneumonia.
Mr. Hoskins' health had been an issue for some time. In 2012 shortly after the release of Snow White and the Huntsman, it was announced that he had Parkinson disease which led to his official retirement from acting.
Sadly, SWATH would be the final film of his outstanding career.
The SWATH cast expressed their condolences via Twitter, as did the world, trending "RIP Bob Hoskins" throughout the day.
SWATH's Eddie Marsan tweeted:
"I never thought it was possible to become an actor until I saw Pennies From Heaven as a kid. RIP Bob Hoskins, brilliant, inspirational, kind."
More after the break
Mr. Hoskins had a tremendous career.
"Perhaps his most memorable performance was as the Cockney cabbie who fell in love with a black callgirl in Neil Jordan’s 1987 “Mona Lisa,” for which he was Oscar-nommed and won best actor awards at Cannes, the BAFTAs and the Golden Globes.
Roger Ebert’s review singled him out: “‘Mona Lisa’ stars Bob Hoskins as George. You may remember him as the ferocious little mob boss in ‘The Long Good Friday,’ where he had it all fixed up to go respectable and then someone started blowing up his pubs. Hoskins is one of the very best new British actors, and this is a great performance.”
With all of the various characters he has played, the one role he did not consider was to play Wolverine who X-men writer Chris Claremont wanted him to play.
See a list of his films at IMDb.
The one role that is close to the hearts of SWATH fans is Muir, the blind but wise 'ol dwarf. Muir had one of the film's favorite quotes:
|"You have eyes Huntsman but you do not see - she is the one."|
Johnny Harris who played his son, "Quert" worked closely with Mr. Hoskins. In one interview, Harris spoke fondly about Mr. Hoskins as he described the last scene they filmed filmed together.
"Not many people know this and I think I’m right in saying this – I’m not sure if Bob had to do re-shoots – but the last scene we shot together was the coronation scene in the grand hall. You’re talking about a scene with 500 to 600, so a huge crowd in this massive hall, which had this lovely echoey effect, and Bob’s final scene involved him taking a bow in front of this huge cheering crowd. It was really poignant because you don’t usually get that in film.
As a stage actor, you get applause, but as a film actor they call ‘cut’ and you trudge off home to look at the next day’s scene. We get our premieres, I suppose, so it’s swings and roundabouts. But it was so nice and fitting that his final scene on film is Bob taking a bow."
Thank you Mr. Hoskins, we all bow to you. Rest in peace sir and thank you.
Tributes from the Cast
RIP BOB HOSKINS x pic.twitter.com/T3Xwmglh5j
— Johnny Harris (@mrjohnnyharris) April 30, 2014
My time with the talented Bob Hoskins was short but incredibly sweet. My heart goes out to his family - He will be dearly missed.
— Charlize Theron (@CharlizeAfrica) April 30, 2014
RIP Bob Hoskins. Had the pleasure of working with you at least once in my life. You will be missed. pic.twitter.com/dVD7mup8jP
— Palak Patel (@palakspatel) April 30, 2014
Terribly sad news about Bob Hoskins. A pleasure to have shared the screen with you mate. An Actors actor and a gentleman to boot. RIP
— Nick Frost (@nickjfrost) April 30, 2014
I had the honour of working with one of our countries greats, and what a privilege that was. A diamond. A gent. A legend. #RIPBobHoskins.
— Sam Claflin (@samclaflin) April 30, 2014
The loss of my dad has broken my heart, but these are the words I'll keep close to me forever http://t.co/43SlEluSXi pic.twitter.com/FmriuF32b9
— HauteHoskins (@HauteHoskins) April 30, 2014
RIP Bob Hoskins! Had the pleasure to work with him, what a lovely man he was. 😔
— Craig Garner (@craiggarner85) April 30, 2014
Legend doesn't quite cut it. So sad to hear about Bob Hoskins! An absolute pleasure to work with and an all round gentleman! #RIPBobHoskins
— Edd Osmond (@EddOsmond) April 30, 2014
So sad to hear about Bob Hoskins :( It was a privilege to have met and worked with not only a great actor but an absolute gentleman! x #RIP
— Jo Osmond (@Jo_Osmond) April 30, 2014
Sad news of the inspirational actor that I had the pleasure of working with #RIPBobHoskins you were a star & now shining in the midnight sky
— MissHeartofWales2013 (@Jemma_Lewis) April 30, 2014
RIP Bob Hoskins, what a legend! Pleasure to have worked with you #BobHoskins
— Francesca Papagno (@frankiepapagno) April 30, 2014
Nick Frost and Johnny Harris speak about SWATH and working with Bob Hoskins
along with others.
Read More About Mr. Hoskins and SWATH
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See everything EB has on Mr. Hoskins here.