Actor Bob Hoskins passes away at the age of 71.

This makes me sad.  I saw Who Framed Roger Rabbit at least five times in the theater when I was a kid.  He was also great in Hook with Dustin Hoffman and Robin Williams.  Rest in peace.

(CNN) — Bob Hoskins, the pugnacious British actor known for playing gangsters, tough guys and working-class gentlemen in such films as “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” “The Long Good Friday” and “Mermaids,” has died, his publicist Clair Dobbs said Wednesday.

He was 71.

His passing comes nearly two years after he retired from acting following a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.

Hoskins was perhaps best known for 1988’s live-action and animation hybrid “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.” In the comedy, he played detective Eddie Valiant, who hates “toons” — cartoon figures who live in a separate showbiz world bordering Valiant’s 1940s Los Angeles — and takes up the task of proving the innocence of the cartoon title character, accused of murder. The film was the second-highest grossing movie of 1988, after “Rain Man.”

http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/30/showbiz/obit-bob-hoskins/

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