Parkinson’s Disease Forces Bob Hoskins Into Retirement

British actor Bob Hoskins has announced his retirement from acting less than a year after his diagnosis with Parkinson’s disease. Hoskins, 69, is giving up his profession after being diagnosed with the degenerative nervous system disorder last fall.

Hoskin’s career has spanned four decades, during which time he appeared in almost 80 films — including the recent box office blockbuster Snow White and the Huntsman. He is best known for his roles as Smee in Steven Spielberg’s Hook and as private dick Eddie Valiant in Disney’s 1988 live action/animation crossover Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

In a statement released via his publicist on Wednesday, Hoskins thanked fans for his “wonderful career.”

“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.”

In a 2002 roundtable interview to promote Jennifer Lopez’s 2002 romantic comedy Maid in Manhattan, Hoskins told reporters:

“I’ve played so many historical characters because most horrible dictators are short, fat middle-aged men…[Other than] me and Danny DeVito there isn’t a lot of competition.”

The beloved actor received an Oscar nomination for his standout performance in Mona Lisa.

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