Everyone at the Cliffe Minstermen wish to pass on our condolences to the family and friends of Bob Hoskins.
Growing up in Cliffe, as young kids our world was basically football and films.
Bob Hoskins was one of Britains best actors and starred in some fantastic films. They were made fantastic films by his wonderful acting. The stand out film was The Long Good Friday. His portrayal of Harold Shand the London gangster trying to take on the IRA was his breakthrough role. It was only a couple of weeks ago that we used pictures of Bob in the Long Good Friday in one of our posts.
He played a colour sergeant in Zulu Dawn, bravely trying to hold back the Zulu warriors as they over run the camp at Isandlawana.
Another stella role was in Mona Lisa. He brought warmth and caring to a very dark and disturbing film.
The last film that we are high lighting is a Cliffe Minstermen favourite. 24 7 has Bob playing a man who sets up a boxing club to try and help a couple of gangs of lads to stop going of the rails. Shot in black and white this Shane Meadow film has somehow slipped under the radar of the public, but it's one of the best british films ever made and is well worth searching out. His masterful display including a scene with a coranation street actor a skip and a lump of wood is a British version of Joe Pesci in Casino.
We have lost one of the real great actors that this country has produced.
RIP Bob Hoskins