(NBC NEWS) "We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Bob. Bob died peacefully at a hospital last night surrounded by family," his family wrote in a statement shared with NBC News on Wednesday. "We ask that you respect our privacy during this time and thank you for your messages of love and support."
Hoskins, who was a staple in the British film industry, was perhaps best known for his part in "Roger Rabbit" playing detective Eddie Valient. The role earned him a Golden Globe nomination for best actor in a comedy musical. Hoskins also earned an Oscar nod for his portrayal of ex-con George in 1986's "Mona Lisa." He went on to star in "Mermaids" with Cher, portrayed Smee in "Hook" and played J. Edgar Hoover in "Nixon." His last Hollywood role was in 2012's "Snow White and the Huntsman," in which he played elder dwarf Muir.
The actor started his career in the 1970s on British television shows including "Thick as Thieves" and "Rock Follies of '77." Moving into big film roles, his turn as a mobster in 1980's "The Long Good Friday" shot him to stardom and defined his tough guy persona.
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