Jill Lawless

LONDON: British actor Bob Hoskins, whose varied career ranged from noir drama Mona Lisa to animated fantasy Who Framed Roger Rabbit has died at age 71.

A family statement released Wednesday said Hoskins died in a hospital after a bout of pneumonia. He had been diagnosed with Parkinsonís disease in 2012.

A versatile character actor capable of menace, quiet poignancy and Cockney charm, Hoskins appeared in some of the most acclaimed British films of the past few decades, including gangster classic The Long Good Friday.

Hoskins specialized in tough guys with a soft center, including the ex-con who chaperones Cathy Tysonís escort in Neil Jordanís 1986 film Mona Lisa. Hoskins was nominated for a best-actor Academy Award for the role.

His best-remembered Hollywood role was as a detective investigating cartoon crime in the 1988 hit Who Framed Roger Rabbit.