LONDON, England – British actor Bob Hoskins made a shocking double-whammy announcement Wednesday. First, that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Second, that he will be retiring from acting.
The 69-year-old actor thanked his fans and asked for privacy following his diagnosis, as he plans to step away from his career to spend more time with his family. Slashfilm noted that “If you saw Snow White and the Huntsman earlier this summer, you watched what might be the last film performance from the character actor,” who has appeared as a supporting actor (and occasionally leading man) in films over an impressive 40-year career. He is perhaps best known for appearances in The Long Good Friday, Mona Lisa,Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and (personal childhood favorite) Hook.
Hoskins’ agent released the following official statement regarding the actor’s decision to retire:
“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 was reportedly diagnosed with the degenerative nerve condition last fall, according to the Huffington Post. Though he started out with roles as Cockney tough guys and criminals, his later career focused on more family friendly roles, with most of Generation Y probably fondly remembering him as “Smee” from Hook or Eddie Valiant from Roger Rabbit.