Hoskins got his start on the London stage in the late 1960s, and soon found himself with roles in a number of British television shows of the 1970s. His TV work led to film work, with roleds in film,s such as Pink Floyd; The Wall, Lassiter, The Cotton Club, Brazil and Sweet Liberty.
His breakthrough performance came in 1986 when he played the male lead in Neil Jordan’s Mona Lisa, playing an ex-con who get a job driving a high class call girl from appointment to appointment. The role garnered Hoskin a Golden Globe win and an Oscar nomination.
This led to Hoskins gaining the attention of Robert Zemeckis, who cast the actor in his most famous role–as private investigator Eddie Valiant in 1988’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit, a performance that would garner the actor another Golden Globe nomination.
Hoskins’ post-Roger Rabbit roles would switch between kid-friendly fare (Hook, Super Mario Brothers), supporting parts in comedies and dramas (Mermaids, Mrs. Henderson Presents, Maid in Manhattan) and historical figures such as J. Edgar Hoover in Nixon, Eddie Mannix in Hollywoodland, among others.
His last role was in 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman. Hoskins retired from acting soon after due to being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.