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Bob Hoskins

  • British actor
  • Born October 26, 1942

Robert William Hoskins (26 October 1942 – 29 April 2014) was an English actor. His work included lead roles in Pennies from Heaven (1978), The Long Good Friday (1980), Mona Lisa (1986), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Mermaids (1990), and Super Mario Bros. (1993), and supporting performances in Brazil (1985), Hook (1991), Nixon (1995), Enemy at the Gates (2001), Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005), A Christmas Carol (2009), Made in Dagenham (2010), and Snow White and the Huntsman (2012). He also directed two feature films.


I've played so many historical characters because most horrible dictators are short, fat, middle-aged men.




One of the things I've realised is that I am very simple. My wife asked me once if I loved her. I said: 'Look love, I'm a simple man. I love you. End of story.' But I guess you gotta keep saying it with women. I guess she needed reassurance.




I'm very romantic. I've emptied flower shops.




I am fairly rich. Money's very handy, let's face it.




I've watched films and even forgotten I'm in them.




I realised one day that men are emotional cripples. We can't express ourselves emotionally, we can only do it with anger and humour. Emotional stability and expression comes from women.




Quantum physics is a bit of a passion of mine. It's extraordinary. There's a branch of mathematics that is based on lunacy, and that's wonderful.




It's not easy to walk out on a marriage and two young kids, and it's the most difficult thing I've ever had to do.




It's your life, live it your way.




If you are going to do a film properly you have to give yourself completely to it.




I'd say I am partial to women.




I'm a feminist, yes! Very strongly.




Monogamy is a possibility - and a necessity. Kids have got to have something they can rely on. You have got to have something you rely on.




Actors are just entertainers, even the serious ones. That's all an actor is. He's like a serious Bruce Forsyth.



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