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Bob Hoskins (I) (1942–2014)

Bob Hoskins was born on October 26, 1942, in Bury St. Edmund's, Suffolk, where his mother was living after being evacuated as a result of the heavy bombings. He is the son of Elsie Lillian (Hopkins), a nursery school teacher and cook, and Robert William Hoskins, Sr., who drove a lorry and worked as a bookkeeper. Growing up, Hoskins received only ... See full bio »


(age 71) in London, England, UK

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 2011 Neverland (TV Mini-Series)
Mr. Smee
- Part 2 (2011) ... Mr. Smee
- Part 1 (2011) ... Mr. Smee
 2011/I Will
 2009 The Street (TV Series)
Paddy Gargan
- Episode #3.6 (2009) ... Paddy Gargan
- Episode #3.1 (2009) ... Paddy Gargan
 2008 Pinocchio (TV Movie)
 2008 The Englishman's Boy (TV Mini-Series)
Damon Ira Chance
- Part Two (2008) ... Damon Ira Chance
- Part One (2008) ... Damon Ira Chance
 2007 Ruby Blue
 2007 Sparkle
 2006 The Wind in the Willows (TV Movie)
 2006 Garfield 2
Winston (voice)
 2006 Paris, je t'aime
Bob (segment "Pigalle")
 2005 Unleashed
 2003 Frasier (TV Series)
Coach Fuller
 2001 Last Orders
 2000 Don Quixote (TV Movie)
Sancho Panza
 1999 David Copperfield (TV Movie)
 1999 The White River Kid
Brother Edgar
 1999 Live Virgin
 1998 Saturday Night Live (TV Series)
Captain Kidd / Himself
- Greg Kinnear/All Saints (1998) ... Captain Kidd / Himself
 1997 The Forgotten Toys (TV Series)
Teddy (1998-1999) (voice)
 1996 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
- Fatal Caper (1996) ... Redmond
 1995 The Forgotten Toys (Short)
Teddy (voice)
 1995 Balto
Boris (voice)
 1993 Performance (TV Series)
De Flores
- The Changeling (1993) ... De Flores
 1993 The Big Freeze (TV Movie)
 1991 Hook
 1989 Tummy Trouble (Short)
Eddie Valiant (uncredited)
 1986 Mona Lisa
 1985 The Woman Who Married Clark Gable (Short)
 1985 Mussolini and I (TV Series)
Benito Mussolini
 1985 Brazil
 1983 The Beggar's Opera (TV Movie)
 1981 Othello (TV Movie)
 1979-1981 Big Jim and the Figaro Club (TV Series)
- The Pursuit of Courtly Love (1981) ... Narrator
- A Bit of Rough Shooting (1981) ... Narrator (voice)
- Hearts of Oak (1981) ... Narrator (voice)
- Laughing Like a Drain (1981) ... Narrator (voice)
- Dung from a Rocking Horse (1981) ... Narrator (voice)
 1980 Flickers (TV Mini-Series)
Arnie Cole
- Episode #1.4 (1980) ... Arnie Cole
- Episode #1.3 (1980) ... Arnie Cole
- Episode #1.2 (1980) ... Arnie Cole
- Episode #1.1 (1980) ... Arnie Cole
 1979 Brecht and Co (TV Movie)
Member of Brecht's company / Prologue
 1977 Rock Follies of '77 (TV Series)
Johnny Britten
- The Real Life (1977) ... Johnny Britten
- The Divorce (1977) ... Johnny Britten
- The Loony Tunes (1977) ... Johnny Britten
 1977 Van der Valk (TV Series)
Johnny Palmer
- Dead on Arrival (1977) ... Johnny Palmer
 1977 Three Piece Suite (TV Series)
Reg (Wonderful Woman)
 1976 Thriller (TV Series)
Sammy Draper
- Cry Terror (1976) ... Sammy Draper
 1975 On the Move (TV Series)
 1975 Inserts
Big Mac
 1972-1974 Play for Today (TV Series)
Blake / Woodbine / Taxi driver
- Schmoedipus (1974) ... Blake
- Her Majesty's Pleasure (1973) ... Woodbine
- The Bankrupt (1972) ... Taxi driver
 1974 Shoulder to Shoulder (TV Mini-Series)
Jack Dunn
- Outrage (1974) ... Jack Dunn
 1973 Softly Softly: Task Force (TV Series)
- Signed Off (1973) ... Parker
 1973 Sir Yellow (TV Series)
 1973 And All Who Sail in Her (TV Movie)
 1972 Kate (TV Series)
- A Nice Rest (1972) ... Heavy
 1972 Villains (TV Series)
Charles 'Knocker' Grindley / Charles Grindley
- Knocker (1972) ... Charles Grindley
- Move In, Move On (1972) ... Charles 'Knocker' Grindley
- George (1972) ... Charles 'Knocker' Grindley
 1972 The Main Chance (TV Series)
- Acting for Self (1972) ... Workman
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He acted in George Bernard Shaw's play, "Pygmalion," at the Albery Theatre in London, England with Diana Rigg, Alec McCowen, Jack May, Simon MacCorkingdale, Hilda Fenemore, and Ellen Pollock in the John Dexter was director. See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 8 Interviews | 3 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 4 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


5' 6" (1.68 m)

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Personal Quote:

When you get to my age, what you want is the cameo. You get paid a lot of money. You fly in for a couple of weeks. Everybody treats you like the crown jewels. It's all great and if the film turns out to be a load of shit, nobody blames you. See more »


Attended and graduated from the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England. See more »


Frequently played grouchy, short-tempered characters See more »


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