Hollywood is mourning the loss today of British actor Bob Hoskins, who died Tuesday of pneumonia at age 71.
Helen Mirren, who worked beside Hoskins in the British gangster film “The Long Good Friday,” called her co-star “a great actor and an even greater man.”
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“Funny, loyal, instinctive, hard working, with that inimitable energy that seemed like a spectacular firework rocket just as it takes off,” the Oscar-winning British actress said in a statement. “When I worked with him on his iconic film, ‘The Long Good Friday,’ he was supportive and unegotistic. He was never sexist, when many around at that time were. I had the honour of watching the creation of one of the most memorable characters of British film.”
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“A true gent and a remarkable talent whom I had the privilege of working with,” actor Cary Elwes added.
A huge loss today. Bob Hoskins. One of my great inspirations was his performance in Mona Lisa, particularly the last scene. A true great!!
My time with the talented Bob Hoskins was short but incredibly sweet. My heart goes out to his family – He will be dearly missed.
I can’t believe we have lost Bob Hoskins. I totally adored him and even wrote a play for him that got lost in a BBC strike. Oh dear.
Sad to hear of Bob Hoskins‘ passing.
Truly saddened by the passing of Bob Hoskins! A truly Gigantic talent & a Gentleman. R.I.P.
Terribly sad news about Bob Hoskins. A pleasure to have shared the screen with you mate. An Actors actor and a gentleman to boot. RIP
If you want to see Bob in full flow watch The Long Good Friday. A tour de force. The long shot at the end of Bob in the taxi is amazing.
I never thought it was possible to become an actor until I saw Pennies From Heaven as a kid. RIP Bob Hoskins, brilliant,inspirational, kind.
Dear #BobHoskins rest in peace! – never worked a more gentle kind and talented actor!
Bob Hoskins was great. I was lucky to work with him in 2 plays at the Royal Shakespeare Co. A nicer guy you couldn’t find. RIP Bob