Bob Hoskins dies aged 71

British film star known for his notable performances as Cockneys and gangsters in numerous British and Hollywood films passed away after suffering from pneumonia

Actor Bob Hoskins has died at the age of 71 after suffering from pneumonia, his agent has confirmed.


The performer, who starred in a range of films including Hollywood hits such as Who Framed Roger Rabbit and the 1970s TV classic Pennies from Heaven, retired from acting 18 months ago after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.

Hoskins began his film career in the 1970s and found fame playing Harold Shand in the iconic 1980 gangster film The Long Good Friday alongside Helen Mirren.

An Oscar nomination for best actor and Cannes Film Festival, Bafta and Golden Globe wins followed his lead role in another British film, Mona Lisa. 

He went on to play Eddie Valiant in Who Framed Roger Rabbit in 1988, and Smee in both Hook (1991) and Neverland (2011).

In the 1980s and 1990s he was also famous for his adverts for BT, and his “It’s good to talk” catchphrase.

He had four children and lived in East Sussex with second wife Linda Banwell for more than a decade.

When he retired he issued a statement which said he was withdrawing from acting after a “wonderful career” and would be spending time with his family.

“He wishes to thank all the great and brilliant people he has worked with over the years, and all of his fans who have supported him during a wonderful career,” said the statement.


“Bob is now looking forward to his retirement with his family, and would greatly appreciate that his privacy be respected at this time.”