Bob Hoskins—one of Britain’s finest and most respected character actors (and sometimes unexpected leading man)—died yesterday (April 29) at age 71 after a bout with pneumonia, BBC NEWS reports.
Best known for roles in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Long Good Friday, Mona Lisa (for which he received an Oscar nomination), and the ’70s British TV miniseries Pennies From Heaven, Hoskins had retired from acting after a Parkinson’s diagnosis in 2012, but during his 40-year career, he racked up dozens of appearances on film, TV, and the stage. As word spread on Twitter of Hoskins’ passing, many of his famous colleagues and admirers offered their tributes to him. Below are just a few of those remembrances.
So sad to hear we've lost the great Bob Hoskins. A true gent & an inspiration. Happy memories of 'the Willows' in '06 pic.twitter.com/99Xv57h7Oc
— Mark Gatiss (@Markgatiss) April 30, 2014
R.I.P Bob Hoskins.
— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) April 30, 2014
Truly saddened by the passing of Bob Hoskins! A truly Gigantic talent & a Gentleman. R.I.P.
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) April 30, 2014
Agent: Actor Bob Hoskins dies at 71 http://t.co/zqRbqG2lvS Oh man, what a terrible loss. A great guy and a superb artist.
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) April 30, 2014
Farewell Mr Hoskins, thanks for 'Pennies From Heaven', 'Long Good Friday', 'Brazil', 'Mona Lisa', 'Roger Rabbit', 'Romeo Brass' & many more.
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) April 30, 2014
Have just heard the saddest news about Bob Hoskins.One of the most wonderful, kind ,generous,thrilling actor I ever worked with.RIP Bob.
— francesbarber (@francesbarber13) April 30, 2014
Farewell to the great Bob Hoskins now departed on his awfully big adventure leaving us a truly wonderful legacy of his work
— KatyManning Official (@ManningOfficial) April 30, 2014
Rest in peace, wonderful Bob Hoskins. I'll always think of him first in Mona Lisa. He was devastating in that film. Brilliant actor.
— Martha Plimpton (@MarthaPlimpton) April 30, 2014
I filmed ‘The Street’ with Bob Hoskins in 2010. Had copious amounts of wine with the man.It was a joy to work with him. RIP
— liam cunningham (@liamcunningham1) April 30, 2014
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.
— Eddie Marsan (@eddiemarsan) April 30, 2014
RIP Bob Hoskins. The man made some classics. My great friend Shane was lucky enough to have directed him. pic.twitter.com/46aE19wA8R
— Paddy Considine (@PaddyConsidine) 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
Goodbye to a giant of British cinema RIP bob Hoskins x
— Shane Richie (@realshanerichie) April 30, 2014
Oh no, Bob Hoskins. Gone? That’s awful news. The Long Good Friday one of the best British movies of the modern era. A marvellous man.
— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) April 30, 2014
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— 4 Sylvester McCoy (@4SylvesterMcCoy) April 30, 2014