Character actor extraordinaire Bob Hoskins has passed away at the age of 71. He died April 29th after a bout of pneumonia.
I first caught him in 1979’s Zulu Dawn where he outshone a Hollywood cast that included Peter O’Toole and Burt Lancaster. He blew me away the next year with the starring role (opposite yummy Helen Mirren) in The Long Good Friday, a British crime movie that still impresses.
He was great in good movies like Brazil, Mona Lisa, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, and Enemy at the Gates. He made bad and mediocre films much better like A Prayer for the Dying, Hook, and The Cotton Club (though even he could not save Super Mario Bros.).
Streaming Netflix has the aforementioned Zulu Dawn and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? as well as Twenty Four Seven, Maid in Manhattan, A Room for Romeo Brass, and Den of Lions.
R.I.P. Eddie Valiant, you will be missed.