Bob Hoskins has announced that he is retiring from acting after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
The 69-year-old actor learned of his condition last autumn. Parkinson’s disease has a progressive effect on the nervous system, eventually affecting a person’s ability to control movement normally. There is no cure, but symptoms can be managed with medication and surgery.
A statement released by his agent yesterday (August 8) read: “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 began his career on the stage in the 1960s before focusing on screen work in later decades. The Suffolk-born actor is best known for his film roles in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Hook, Super Mario Bros. and Mermaids. He won a Golden Globe and received an Oscar nomination for his performance in 1986’s Mona Lisa.
In recent years, he appeared in acclaimed British film Made In Dagenham and BBC drama series The Street, for which he won an Emmy in 2010. He also starred in a video for Jamie T’s 2007 single ‘Sheila’ – scroll down to watch it. His most recent film role came in Snow White And The Huntsman, which was released in May this year.
Responding to the unexpected news on Twitter, his Mermaids co-star Cher posted: “WHAT???” before writing: “U cant Imagine what a WONDERFUL & KIND MAN HE IS!”