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Bob Hoskins, perhaps best known for playing the toon-chasing LA private eye in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, but also an influential and respected actor in British TV shows and films such as the original BBC version of "Pennies from Heaven," The Long Good Friday, and Mona Lisa, passed away Tuesday. He was 71, and retired several years ago after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
KC's View:
The Salon obituary noted that Hoskins leaves "a delightful, improbable acting legacy that injected a new energy into the British film industry," and suggested that he "is presumably the only person to have played Winston Churchill, Nikita Khrushchev, J. Edgar Hoover and Benito Mussolini."