Bob Hoskins Death: Hollywood Remembers Beloved Actor

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Hugh Jackman, Helen Mirren and Samuel L. Jackson among actors paying tribute to “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” star, who died Tuesday at age 71

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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“X-Men” star Hugh Jackman, who took the role that was originally written for Hoskins, called the actor “a true great!”

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“A true gent and a remarkable talent whom I had the privilege of working with,” actor Cary Elwes added.