Bob Hoskins has enjoyed a career that has spanned forty year and seen him star in over seventy movies.
But this week the much loved actor announced that he was retiring from acting after being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease.
So we have taken a look back over his career at just a handful of his best and most memorable performance.
- The Long Good Friday
Bob Hoskins may have kicked off his acting career in the early seventies but it was really The Long Good Friday of 1980 that really put him on the map.
the British gangster movie saw the actor team up with Helen Mirren and it was directed by John Mackenzie.
This movie is an intelligent and hard hitting gangster movie that saw Hoskins deliver a knock out performance.
The character of Harold Shand is cruel and evil and he is one of the classic characters of this genre
The Long Good Friday remains one of Hoskins's greatest performances and the movie is widely regarded as one of the best British gangster movies of all time.
- Mona Lisa
He returned to the crime genre in 1986 when he starred in Mona Lisa - a movie that was written and directed by Neil Jordan.
Mona Lisa is a gritty romance that saw Hoskins on top form once again as he delivered a powerful and yet touching performance.
While this was a dark movie it was a film that had real heart to it and the central relationship between Hoskins and Cathy Tyson really pushes the movie forward.
For his performance in the movie Hoskins was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar and picked up a Bafta and a Golden Globe for his work.
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Who Framed Roger Rabbit is another of Hoskins' movies that he will forever be remembered for as he team up with a whole host of cartoon characters.
The movie was based on the Gary K. Wolf's novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit? and saw Robert Zemeckis in the director's chair.
This is a movie that is great fun from start to finish and it mixes a whole host of genres to become a real classic.
It was a technical tour de force when it was released and it is a movie that really has stood the test of time.
In 1991 Hoskins teamed up with Dustin Hoffman and Robin Williams when Steven Spielberg brought hook to the big screen.
Hoskins took on the role of Smee in the fantasy/comedy movie that was a sequel to Peter Pan.
The scenes between Hoskins and Hoffman provided some of the best comedy moments and it was one of the biggest productions that the Brit actor worked on during his career.
Despite some negative reviews the film was a huge success at the box office as it grossed in excess of $300 million worldwide.
- Mrs Henderson Presents
Mrs Henderson Presents is another of Hoskins' movie that is not to be missed as he teamed up with Judi Dench.
The movie was based on the true story of the Windmill Theatre and saw Hoskins take on the role of Vivian van Damm, manager of the theatre which was bought by Laura Henderson.
The driving force behind this movie was the great onscreen relationship between Hoskins and Dench as they bicker and fight like a married couple.
For his great performance in the movie Hoskins was nominated for a Golden Globe Award.
- Made in Dagenham
Hoskins was involved in another true story more recently when he starred in Nigel Cole's movie Made In Dagenham.
The movie told the story of the Ford sewing machinists strike of 1968 that saw the workers fight for equal pay.
Made In Dagenham is a great script that mixes the drama and the workplace and domestic politics of the time with some great moments of humour that just seems to make the story a little more real.
- Snow White and the Huntsman
Snow White and The Huntsman was the last time that we saw Hoskins on the big screen as he took on the role of dwarf Muir in the movie.
Snow White and The Huntsman is a re-telling of the popular story and Hoskins is part of a fantastic support cast as Ray Winstone and Ian McShane star alongside him.
The dwarves are a bunch of characters with an extraordinary bond, not to mention they provide quite a lot of the humour in the movie.
Bob Hoskins has enjoyed a career that has some real highs and he has produced a body of work that lives on.
FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw