Bob Hoskins Dies at 71: Celebrities Tweet Tributes

Bob Hoskins in 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?' (Photo: Buena Vista)

Bob Hoskins in ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit?’ (Photo: Buena Vista)

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.

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Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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