Bob Hoskins Retires from Acting Following Parkinson's Disease Diagnosis

With more than 100 acting credits over his illustrious career, 69-year-old actor Bob Hoskins is retiring from acting after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. The big, burly actor was known for his exceptional versatility in being able to play characters ranging from working-class tough guys to Shakespearean villains.

Here's the statement from his agent:

"Bob Hoskins wishes to announce that he will be retiring from acting, following his diagnosis of Parkinson's disease last autumn. He wishes to thank all the great and brilliant people he has worked with over the years, and all of his fans who have supported him during a wonderful career. Bob is now looking forward to his retirement with his family, and would greatly appreciate that his privacy be respected at this time."

Hoskins' career spans 40 years and includes titles like Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Hook, Brazil, Enemy at the Gates, Made in Dagenham, Mermaids and Nixon. His most recent film appearance was in Snow White and the Huntsman as the dwarf Muir.

Over the course of his career, Hoskins was nominated once for Best Actor in Mona Lisa and won 22 awards from BAFTA, Cannes Film Festival, European Film Awards, Golden Globes and other various film societies and organizations.

The Parkinson's Disease Society of the UK released a statement saying, "We are sorry to learn that Bob Hoskins has been diagnosed with Parkinson's. He is joining 127,000 people in the UK currently living with the condition. Parkinson's is a progressive condition that affects everybody differently, and can change on a daily, or even hourly, basis. Many people can live a full and active life with their diagnosis of Parkinson's. However, it does affect some people quickly and severely. The important thing is that there is plenty of support available for those living with the condition."

Donations can be made here.

Take a look at some still from Hoskins' career below. What was your favorite movie that he starred in?

American audiences will best know Hoskins from Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

As Smee in the TV mini-series, Neverland.

With Christina Ricci, Cher and Winona Ryder from Mermaids.

As Eddie Mannix in Hollywoodland.

With Denzel Washington in Heart Condition.

With Reese Witherspoon in Vanity Fair.


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