Oscar-Nominated Actor Dead at 71 CNN
An acclaimed actor who racked up a string of credits in beloved films -- including an Academy Award nomination in 1987 for "Mona Lisa" -- has died. CNN Reports that Bob Hoskins died Tuesday at 71.
His publicist, Clair Dobbs, confirmed the death of the actor known for his roles as mobsters and tough guys in films including "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," "The Long Good Friday" and "Mermaids."
"His passing comes nearly two years after he retired from acting following a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease," the CNN story reports, adding: "Hoskins was perhaps best known for 1988's live-action and animation hybrid 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit.' In the comedy, he played detective Eddie Valiant, who hates 'toons' -- cartoon figures who live in a separate showbiz world bordering Valiant's 1940s Los Angeles -- and takes up the task of proving the innocence of the cartoon title character, accused of murder. The film was the second-highest grossing movie of 1988, after 'Rain Man.'"
Hoskins won a Golden Globe for "Mona Lisa" and was nominated for Globes for "Roger Rabbit" and for the 2005 film "Mrs. Henderson Presents." His other film credits include "Hook," "Nixon," "Neverland" and "Snow White and the Huntsman."