Bob Hoskins: a career in pictures

Visual highlights from the films and television of the late, great, British actor Bob Hoskins, star of The Long Good Friday, Mona Lisa and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Bob Hoskins with Helen Mirren in The Long Good Friday (1979), the defining British gangster film of the Thatcher era

Bob Hoskins with Helen Mirren in The Long Good Friday (1979), the defining British gangster film of the Thatcher era

An early role for Hoskins in Jack Gold’s 1973 comedy The National Health, starring Lynn Redgrave and Colin Blakely

An early role for Hoskins in Jack Gold’s 1973 comedy The National Health, starring Lynn Redgrave and Colin Blakely

Hoskins rose to stardom in the lead role in Dennis Potter’s six-part serial Pennies from Heaven (1978), acclaimed as a television masterpiece

Hoskins rose to stardom in the lead role in Dennis Potter’s six-part serial Pennies from Heaven (1978), acclaimed as a television masterpiece

The poster for The Long Good Friday (1979), which turned Hoskins into a big-screen star, playing a ruthless gangland boss and political player. It remains an undisputed peak of the British gangster movie

The poster for The Long Good Friday (1979), which turned Hoskins into a big-screen star, playing a ruthless gangland boss and political player. It remains an undisputed peak of the British gangster movie

Hoskins won a BAFTA playing another London gangster in Neil Jordan’s 1986 Mona Lisa, co-starring Michael Caine and Cathy Tyson

Hoskins won a BAFTA playing another London gangster in Neil Jordan’s 1986 Mona Lisa, co-starring Michael Caine and Cathy Tyson

The original 1986 poster for Mona Lisa

The original 1986 poster for Mona Lisa

Hoskins starred alongside Maggie Smith in the Dublin-set period romance The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987), adapted from the novel by Brian Moore

Hoskins starred alongside Maggie Smith in the Dublin-set period romance The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987), adapted from the novel by Brian Moore

Hoskins’ highest-profile Hollywood turn was in Robert Zemeckis’s 1988 mystery Who Framed Roger Rabbit, set in an animated Toontown peopled with characters from animation history

Hoskins’ highest-profile Hollywood turn was in Robert Zemeckis’s 1988 mystery Who Framed Roger Rabbit, set in an animated Toontown peopled with characters from animation history

Atom Egoyan’s 1999 film Felicia’s Journey has Hoskins as a middle-aged man who helps an Irish teenager in her search for the boyfriend who made her pregnant

Atom Egoyan’s 1999 film Felicia’s Journey has Hoskins as a middle-aged man who helps an Irish teenager in her search for the boyfriend who made her pregnant

Hoskins was reteamed with Michael Caine, as well as David Hemmings and Tom Courtenay, for the 2001 film Last Orders, about a group of ageing men on a journey to fulfil a late friend’s dying request

Hoskins was reteamed with Michael Caine, as well as David Hemmings and Tom Courtenay, for the 2001 film Last Orders, about a group of ageing men on a journey to fulfil a late friend’s dying request

Jude Law, Joseph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz and Ed Harris joined Hoskins among a star-studded cast for the wartime epic Enemy at the Gates (2001), set during the Battle of Stalingrad in the Second World War

Jude Law, Joseph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz and Ed Harris joined Hoskins among a star-studded cast for the wartime epic Enemy at the Gates (2001), set during the Battle of Stalingrad in the Second World War

He played head butler Lionel Bloch in this 2002 hotel-set romantic comedy starring Jennifer Lopez as the eponymous Maid in Manhattan

He played head butler Lionel Bloch in this 2002 hotel-set romantic comedy starring Jennifer Lopez as the eponymous Maid in Manhattan

Hoskins played Vivian Van Damm, the boss of Soho’s Windmill Theatre, in Stephen Frears’ 2005 musical comedy Mrs Henderson Presents, co-starring Judi Dench

Hoskins played Vivian Van Damm, the boss of Soho’s Windmill Theatre, in Stephen Frears’ 2005 musical comedy Mrs Henderson Presents, co-starring Judi Dench

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