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Bob Hoskins, the actor best known for his role in 1988 cult classic Who Framed Roger Rabbit, died Tuesday, April 29, his agent Clair Dobbs told NBC News. The British actor was 71.

"We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Bob. Bob died peacefully at the hospital last night surrounded by family, following a bout of Pneumonia," it said in a statement released by Hoskins' family. "We ask that you respect our privacy during this time and thank you for your messages of love and support."

Hoskins, one of Britain's most beloved actors, enjoyed a career that spanned more than 30 years. The Golden Globe winner was well-known for tackling roles as gangsters and Cockneys in movies like The Long Good Friday (1980), Brazil (1985), and Mona Lisa (1986). Hoskins was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1987 for his role in the latter movie, a crime drama in which he starred opposite Robbie Coltrane and Sir Michael Caine.

He went on to find fame as private detective Eddie Valiant in 1993 cult classic, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and went on to star in Super Mario Bros. Hoskins told the Guardian in a 2007 that his role as Mario Mario in Mario Bros was "the worst thing I ever did."

In August 2012, Hoskins released a statement announcing his retirement from the film industry after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. The actor thanked his fans and recalled his "wonderful career."

He is survived by his wife, Linda Banwell, and four children Alex, Sarah, Rosa, and Jack.

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His hotel manager in "Maid in Manhattan" with Jennifer Lopez....was so honourable, fatherly & endearing!

That's what Bob Hoskins will always be to me,...a lovely man & a great character actor, who connected with us all. He will be dearly missed.

Beautifully said .. he was a very special actor and man .. R.I.P.

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Roger Rabbit is one of my faves. Loved the scene of Roger getting out of the cuffs after being in the sink.

Bob did such a great job on that movie, but faded away career wise after that.

Love it when Roger puts on the cuffs as well, "Eddie Valiant, you're under arrest." I honestly watch Roger Rabbit 3 times a year. Just watched it 2 days ago, watching again on my birthday in May (which I have done since the movie first came out to video in 1989), and again at Christmas time. top 5 favourite films of all time, sitting in at #2 overall.


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Remember him as the torn priest in A Prayer for the Dying. Starring opposite Mickey Rourke who was transitioning from handsome leading man to crazy dirtbag in record time.

Its terrible box office suggests Im the only person who ever saw it.

Nope. I remember it too and quite liked it.

Another Bob Hoskins favorite for me was Heart Condition with Denzel Washington.

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