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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Rest in peace, Bob Hoskins.

The superb actor died today after a battle with Parkinson's and pneumonia.

Like most people, I first recall seeing him in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Not only was he more than able to hold his own as straight man Eddie Valiant in an animation festival (remember--it was not CGI), his line reading in this exchange is a personal favorite:

Roger Rabbit: Yeah. Check the probate. Why, my Uncle Thumper had a problem with HIS probate, and he had to take these big pills, and drink lots of water.

Eddie Valiant: Not prostate, you idiot--PROBATE!

After WFRR?, if I stumbled across a film with him in it, I made sure to watch his scenes at least. A real talent, and one who will be missed.


  1. The finest Iago ever. Godspeed, Mr. Hoskins.

  2. Seems like the best are leaving us. I realize that's how life goes but I don't see anyone out there comparable.

  3. Aww, Bob Hoskins was great! Sad to lose him. Some people actually criticized his American accent in WFRR, but I thought it was all but flawless. The only spot where I thought I heard a hint of an English accent was when he says "Ooga-booga!" to the gorilla.

  4. If you can take the language and violence, he's also great in Jet Li's "Unleashed".


  5. World War II: When Lions Roared (1994):

    FDR: Michael Caine
    Stalin: John Lithgow
    Churchill: Bob Hoskins