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  • 30 April 2014, 14:47

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.

Hoskinswon 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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