Bob was born in Bury St. Edmund's in 1942. His father Robert Hoskins Sr was a bookkeeper and his mother, Elsie, was a Nursery School teacher. Bob attended Stroud Green School in London, though he left at 15 and worked his way through many different types of jobs…more
The first car he owned was a Renault 5, and though he now can afford flashier cars, he prefers his Audi A8 [as of 2006].
For his 60th birthday, Bob's wife Linda took him to Barcelona to stay at The Ritz and a cockney driver who had made his home there drove them around, showing them the sights.
When Bob made The Long Good Friday, he was fresh from Zulu Dawn ... and had a 40ft tape worm!
Actor of the Year in a Musical for Guys and Dolls (1982) (Nomination).
Bob contributed a Doodle to the National Doodle Campaign (2008), which auctions off celebrity doodles for charity (The Neurofibromatosis Association).
Bob was Brian De Palma's second choice for the role of 'Al Capone' in 1986's The Untouchables. His original choice was Robert DeNiro, and Bob was given a six-figure paycheck by DePalma for his time.
Bob replaced Danny DeVito as 'Mario' in the 1993 movie, based on the Nintendo video game Super Mario Bros..
Bob's 1988 film, The Raggedy Rawney was inspired and based on the stories that his gypsy grandmother used to tell him.
Bob was awarded the 1982 Critcs' Circle Theatre Awards for 'Best Actor' of 1981, for his performance in Guys and Dolls and True West.
Bob was ranked as #97 in Empire magazine's 'Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time' in October 1997.
Bob earned a 'Best Actor' Academy Award nomination for his role as a recently released con who takes a job chauffering a beautiful call girl (Cathy Tyson), in Neil Jordan's Mona Lisa.
Bob caught the critic's attention in the 1980s playing a doomed London mobster in The Long Good Friday.
Bob claims that his acting talent is 'all natural', having never indulged in lessons.
Bob got his first audition by accident, he accompanied a friend to watch others try out, and was confused for one of the auditioning members, handed a script, and given a chance. He landed the part, and found an agent.
Bob's interest in literature led him to the theatre, where his dreams of starring on stage began. Before he could get started however, he needed to take odd jobs to save some money.
Bob received a limited education, and left school at age 15, but with an interest in Literature that was instilled in him by an English teacher.
Bob's success on stage led him to start working in British films, starting with The National Health in 1973.
Bob earned international attention in 1978, playing a sheet-music salesman prone to bouts of fantasy in the Dennis Potter scripted television series from Britain Pennies From Heaven.
Bob played Nathan Detroit in the West End production of the stage musical Guys & Dolls in 1968.
Bob made his stage debut in the Off-Broadway show Feather Pluckers in 1968.
Bob was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2006 in the category of Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, for his role in the movie Mrs. Henderson Presents.
Bob attended Central School of Speech and Drama, London.
Bob used to work as a: fire eater in a circus, porter, seaman, and steeplejack before he became an actor, director,producer, and screenwriter.
Bob is 5'6" tall.
(speaking in 2007)
Bob: Every single age can be great and I'm happy to be the age I am now. I'm not the kind of guy who lives in the past or goes around chasing women. I act my age and still manage to have a good time.
(commenting at 64 at what he enjoys about acting now)
Bob: You reach a point where the cameo is the governor. You go in there for a couple of weeks, you're paid a lot of money, everybody treats you like the crown jewels, you're in and out, and if the film's a load of bollocks nobody blames you, y'knowwhadimean. It's wonderful.
(on people who approach him in the street)
Bob: Oh, they always think they know me so they jabber on about their wives, their mums, problems they've had with the law and all that. One bloke said to me last week: 'You know my sister,' and I said I don't think so, and he says: 'Course you do - she watches all your films.'
Bob: Acting is like therapy, it's cathartic. It's about showing private moments and being emotionally honest - things that us blokes find hard to do.
Bob: People used to look at me, before I married Linda [his second wife], and think, 'now there's a fella who needs looking after'. There was one woman, a nice lady from Scunthorpe, who offered to share her mortgage-free house with me. I had to reply to that. It took me three weeks. I think I told her I was gay.
Bob: My own mum wouldn't call me pretty.
Bob: Most dictators were short, fat, middle-aged and hairless. Besides Danny Devito, there's only me to play them.
Bob: I've watched films and even forgotten I'm in them.