Bob Hoskins, a British actor whose powerful screen presence earned him a reputation as "the Cockney Cagney" and who, at 5 feet 6 and with a face he likened to a squashed cabbage, gave the short, bald men of the world a reason to swagger, has died. He was 71.
Hoskins, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2012, died Tuesday of pneumonia in a hospital, his family said in a statement released by London publicist Clair Dobbs.
The actor was best known for playing tough guys, often with a vein of tenderness threading beneath their violent surface.
At the 1986 Cannes Film Festival, he was named best actor for his work in "Mona Lisa," the story of...