Bob Hoskins: Lorry Driver To Golden Globe Winner
Bob Hoskins was born in Bury St Edmunds in 1942, the son of a lorry driver and a nursery school teacher.
He left school at 15 with one O-level qualification and went on to work various jobs including as a lorry driver and a window cleaner.
His acting career began in 1969 when he was asked by his friend Roger Frost to step in and finish a theatre audition in London. Hoskins got the part.
"Bob was a natural," said Mr Frost. "He just got up on stage and was brilliant."
After a selection of minor television roles he won critical acclaim in 1980 for a powerful performance as London gangster Harold Shand in the feature film The Long Good Friday.
A few years later he was cast as George, the cockney chauffeur to a high-class prostitute in the film Mona Lisa.
Hoskins won a BAFTA and a Golden Globe for the role.
In 1988 he received his second Golden Globe nomination for playing the role of Eddie in the part-animated feature film Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
The film proved popular with cinema audiences and went on to take $329m (£195m) at box offices worldwide.
Hoskins was married twice and had four children.
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