BEYOND THE SEA
BOB HOSKINS is one of England's most visible actors and has frequently appeared in American films as well. Among his best known are WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT?, THE COTTON CLUB, MERMAIDS, NIXON, and MAID IN MANHATTAN.
Born in Bury St. Edmonds, Suffolk, Hoskins left school at 15 with dreams of an acting career. He supported himself with odd jobs (including working in a circus as a fire eater) before gaining regular employment as a working actor on stage and in British television. American viewers first noticed him as the lead in the original British miniseries of Dennis Potter's "Pennies from Heaven.ā€¯ Hoskins made his motion picture debut in John Byrum's INSERTS in 1975, but his breakthrough was in Neil Jordan's MONA LISA (1987). For that film he received an Academy Award nomination as Best Actor, and won a BAFTA award, a Golden Globe, a Cannes Film Festival award, and awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics, the London Film Critics, the New York Film Critics, and the National Society of Film Critics.
Among his other films are THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY, BRAZIL, A PRAYER FOR THE DYING, THE LONELY PASSION OF JUDITH HEARNE, SHATTERED, HOOK, THE INNER CIRCLE, MICHAEL, 24/7: TWENTY FOUR SEVEN, COUSIN BETTE, FELICIA'S JOURNEY, ENEMY AT THE GATES, THE LAST ORDERS, and the upcoming VANITY FAIR, STAY, ELIZABETH REX and MRS. HENDERSON PRESENTS. He has also starred as two twentieth-century dictators in the TV miniseries NORIEGA: GOD'S FAVORITE and MUSSOLINI: DECLINE AND FALL OF IL DUCE as well as Winston Churchill in the CBS live broadcast television movie WORLD WAR II: WHEN LIONS ROARED.
Hoskins directed himself in the film RAINBOW, and wrote, directed and starred in THE RAGGEDY RAWNEY. He also produced and starred in the 1996 film SECRET AGENT, based on the novel by Joseph Conrad.
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