British actor Bob Hoskins best known for his role as Detective Eddie Valient in the classic flick, 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?', died after suffering from a bout of pneumonia on Tuesday. He was 71.
A family statement released Wednesday by publicist Clair Dobbs said Hoskins died in a hospital surrounded by his family. He had been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2012 and announced his retirement from acting at the time.
A versatile actor, who could go from zany to menancing to charming, Hoskins got his start in the industry appearing in a number of British TV series in the 1970s and 1980s, including 'Thick as Thieves' and 'Rock Follies of '77.' He became well-known in Britain for his turn in the 1978 TV miniseries, 'Pennies From Heaven,' and garnered Hollywood's attention with the acclaimed 1980 British film, 'The Long Good Friday,' which helped establish his tough guy persona.
From there, he picked up an Oscar nom for 1986's 'Mona Lisa' and earned a Golden Globe nomination for 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?' in 1988. He followed with co-starring in 'Mermaids,' alongside Cher and Winona Ryder. and starred in the beloved 'Hook' as Smee, a role he revisited in the 2011 TV miniseries 'Neverland.'
His other Hollywood credits include starring as J. Edgar Hoover in 'Nixon,' 'Maid in Manhattan,' and most recently he played elder dwarf Muir in 2012's 'Snow White and the Huntsman,' which would be his final role.
"We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Bob," said a statement from wife Linda and children Alex, Sarah, Rosa and Jack.
Hoskins is survived by his wife and children.