Oscar Actors: Hoskins, Bob–British Actor (Mona Lisa) Dies at 71

British actor Bob Hoskins, best known for roles in such great films as “The Long Good Friday,” “Mona Lisa” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” has died of pneumonia at the age of 71.

His agent said he died on Tuesday in hospital, surrounded by family. He  has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and retired from acting in 2012.

Hoskins’ breakthrough came in Dennis Potter’s TV series “Pennies From Heaven” in 1978, and his movie career took off with 1980 gangster pic “The Long Good Friday,” in which he starred alongside Helen Mirren.

Short and stocky, he joked that Danny DeVito would play him in his life story, but it was the right look for a number of roles as gangsters and regular guys in films that included Terry Gilliam’s “Brazil,” Richard Benjamin’s “Mermaids,” alongside Cher, in 1990, as Smee in Steven Spielberg’s “Hook” in 1991, and “Super Mario Bros.” in 1993, which he called his worst role ever. Working in the U.S. almost as much as in Britain, he appeared in “The Cotton Club,” “Maid in Manhattan” and “Nixon.”

His most memorable performance was as the Cockney cabbie who fell in love with a black callgirl-lesbian in Neil Jordan’s 1987 “Mona Lisa,” for which he was Oscar-nominated and won best actor awards at Cannes, the BAFTAs and the Golden Globes.