April 30, 2014 8:51 am

Actor Bob Hoskins dies at 71

Bob Hoskins, pictured in 2010.

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LONDON – British actor Bob Hoskins, whose varied career ranged from Mona Lisa to Who Framed Roger Rabbit? has died aged 71.

A family statement released Wednesday by agent Clair Dobbs said Hoskins died in a hospital after a bout of pneumonia.

His wife Linda and children Alex, Sarah, Rosa and Jack, said: “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Bob.”

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A versatile character actor capable of menace, poignancy and Cockney charm, Hoskins appeared in some of the most acclaimed British films of the past few decades, including gangster classic The Long Good Friday.

He made the 2006 movie Hollywoodland in Toronto.

His long list of credits includes war drama Enemy at the Gates and the comedies Maid in Manhattan and Spice World.

In 2012 Hoskins announced that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and was retiring from acting.

His last role was in Snow White and the Huntsman.

- with files by Global News

BELOW: Watch Bob Hoskins in a scene from Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

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