Robert William "Bob" Hoskins, Jr. was an English actor and film director, known for playing Cockney rough diamonds, psychopaths, and gangsters in films. He is best known as George in the British neo-noir mystery Mona Lisa, in which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1986 for his performance. His other well-known roles include Eddie Mannix in Hollywoodland, Lou in Mermaids, and Nikita Khurshchev in Enemy at the Gates.
For Disney, he played Eddie Valiant in the 1988 Touchstone Pictures film, Who Framed Roger Rabbit. That stand-out performance gave his career an additional reputation as a player in family-oriented films, such as playing Boris in the Universal Pictures animated film, Balto, Captain Hook's first mate Mr. Smee in Steven Spielberg's Hook. His other roles include J. Edgar Hoover in Nixon, Johnny Scanlan in Passed Away, Mario in the 1993 Hollywood Pictures film, Super Mario Bros., Eddie Mannix in Hollywoodland, and Fezziwig and Old Joe in the 2009 animated film, A Christmas Carol, where he once again collaborated with director Robert Zemeckis.
- He was considered for the role of Wolverine in X-Men (2000) along with Russell Crowe, Glenn Danzig, Dougray Scott, Keanu Reeves, Gary Sinise, Mel Gibson, Aaron Eckhart, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Viggo Mortensen, and Edward Norton.
- In 1989 he was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Actor for his role in Who Framed Roger Rabbit but lost to Tom Hanks, who won for Big.