Robert Hoskins (1942-) b. Bury St. Edmunds, England.
British actor who received international recognition for his performance as an old-fashioned London gangster out of his depth against new Britons, new sexualities and new criminal forces in Neil Jordan’s Mona Lisa (1986). Hoskins received Best Actor awards from Cannes, the New York Film Critics, the Los Angeles Film Critics, and BAFTA. Short, stocky and balding, but nonetheless a romantic, Hoskins’ ability to play the bewilderment of the common man had first emerged in Dennis Potter’s BBC six-part serial, Pennies from Heaven (1978), and was developed in The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987). His tendency to express his bewilderment through violence had appeared in John MacKenzie’s The Long Good Friday (1981). He also played J. Edgar Hoover in Oliver Stone’s Nixon (1995).
He teamed up with director Shane Meadows‘ directorial debut, TwentyFourSeven (1997), with Hoskins portraying a motivated owner of a local boxing club who tries to make a difference in the lives of disaffected youth in a working-class town. He rejoined Meadows in a cameo role as a teacher in the rites-of-passage tale, A Room for Romeo Brass (1999). In Felicia’s Journey (1999), Canadian-based filmmaker Atom Egoyan cast Hoskins as a strangely genial serial killer in his intriguing approach to the genre. Hoskins earned himself a Golden Globe and nomination for his supporting role in Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005), Stephen Frears’ witty musical-drama of the famed Windmill Theatre in London.