English character actor. He progressed to fame from a series of supporting roles, and played a range of both comic and dramatic parts, effortlessly shifting from humorous sidekick or love-interest to menacing sociopath. Films include The Long Good Friday (1980), Mona Lisa (1986), for which he won a BAFTA and a Golden Globe, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988), and Mrs Henderson Presents (2005).
His screen career began in the UK in the early 1970s. Dennis Potter's television serial Pennies from Heaven, together with films such as The Long Good Friday and Mona Lisa, served to make him a household name. He also gave a powerful performance as Iago in the BBC's 1981 production of Othello. From the late 1980s, he worked extensively in the USA, often masking his cockney accent playing US roles in a range of films. Other films include The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987); The Raggedy Rawney (1988), which he both wrote and directed; Mermaids (1990); Nixon (1995), in which he played the FBI chief J Edgar Hoover; English film director Shane Meadows's feature film debut Twenty Four Seven (1997); Vanity Fair (2004); and Made in Dagenham (2010).
Hoskins was born in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, and grew up in London.
Hoskins, Bob (Robert William)
English, born in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. A Covent Garden porter, window cleaner and truck driver, he became an actor after auditioning for the...