More Bob Hoskins Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Son of the Mask)Bob Hoskins is one of England's most visible actors and has frequently appeared in American films as well. Among his best-known are Who Framed Roger Rabbit?; Cotton Club; Mermaids; Nixon; and Maid in Manhattan.
Born in Bury St. Edmonds, Suffolk, Hoskins left school at 15 with dreams of an acting career. He supported himself with odd jobs (including working in a circus as a fire eater) before gaining regular employment as a working actor on stage and in British television. American viewers first noticed him as the lead in the original British miniseries of Dennis Potter's Pennies from Heaven. Hoskins made his motion picture debut in John Byrum's Inserts which was produced by Davina Belling and Clive Parsons in 1975, but his breakthrough was in Neil Jordan's Mona Lisa (1987). For that film he received an Academy Award nomination as Best Actor, and won a BAFTA award, a Golden Globe, a Cannes Film Festival award, and awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics, the London Film Critics, the New York Film Critics, and the National Society of Film Critics.
Among his other film credits are The Long Good Friday; Brazil; A Prayer for the Dying; The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne; Shattered; Hook; The Inner Circle; Michael; 24 7: Twenty Four Seven; Cousin Bette; Felicia's Journey; Enemy at the Gates; The Last Orders; and the upcoming Vanity Fair; Beyond the Sea; Stay; and Elizabeth Rex. He has also starred as two twentieth-century dictators in the TV miniseries Noriega: God's Favorite and Mussolini: Decline and Fall of Il Duce as well as Winston Churchill in the CBS live broadcast television movie World War II: When Lions Roared.
Hoskins directed himself in the film Rainbow and wrote, directed and starred in The Raggedy Rawney. He also produced and starred in the 1996 film Secret Agent, based on the novel by Joseph Conrad.
Biography #3 (for Maid in Manhattan)Bob Hoskins is internationally recognized for his roles in a wide range of critically and commercially successful films. His role in Mona Lisa brought him an Academy Award nomination and Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards for Best Actor. The role also earned Hoskins Best Acting awards from the Cannes Film Festival, the New York Film Critics Circle, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and the National Society of Film Critics.
Early in his career, Hoskins made two highly regarded films for director John Mackenzie, The Long Good Friday (1980) with Helen Mirren, which earned him a BAFTA nomination for Best Actor, and Beyond the Limit (1983) with Michael Caine, which brought him another BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
His other films include Francis Ford Coppola's The Cotton Club, Terry Gilliam's Brazil, Alan Parker's Pink Floyd The Wall, Sweet Liberty starring Alan Alda and Michael Caine, Robert Zemeckis' Who Framed Roger Rabbit, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination, Richard Benjamin's Mermaids, Wolfgang Peterson's Shattered, Steven Spielberg's Hook, Nora Ephron's Michael, and Atom Egoyan's Felicia's Journey. Hoskins also received a BAFTA nomination for his work in the groundbreaking television miniseries Pennies From Heaven in 1978.
Throughout his career, Hoskins has also played a wide variety of world figures. On television he starred as Benito Mussolini in Mussolini: The Decline and Fall of IL Duce, Winston Churchill in World War II: When Lions Roared and Manuel Noriega in Noriega: God's Favorite. On film he appeared as J. Edgar Hoover in Oliver Stone's Nixon and most recently as Nikita Khrushchev in Jean-Jacques Annaud's Enemy at the Gates.
After working with British director Shane Meadows in A Room For Romeo Brass, Hoskins helped Meadows get his critically acclaimed Twentyfourseven off the ground. Hoskins subsequently won the Best Actor Award at the European Film Awards.
He was recently seen as Sancho Panza in the Hallmark TV production of Don Quixote, and in Fred Schepisi's Last Orders opposite Michael Caine, Tom Courtenay, Ray Winstone, and David Hemmings. Upcoming films include Guy Jenkins' Sleeping Dictionary and Den of Lions.
Bio courtesy Columbia Pictures for "Maid in Manhattan" (22-Dec-2002)