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Bob Hoskins to Retire From Acting Following Parkinson’s Diagnosis

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Actor Bob Hoskins has announced today that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and will retire from acting at the age of 69.

Bob Hoskins has had a long and wonderful career that’s given us memorable roles in films like Terry Gilliam’s ‘Brazil,’ ‘Mona Lisa,’ ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit,’ ‘Hook,’ ‘Mermaids,’ ‘Super Mario Bros.’ and ‘Unleashed.’ The veteran actor most recently starred as one of the seven dwarfs in ‘Snow White and the Huntsman,’ a dark twist on the classic fairy tale starring Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron.

Hoskins was sadly diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease last fall — something he’s kept secret from the public until now — and released this official statement via his agent today:

“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 has been an absolute treat to watch in films over the years, and he will surely be missed. Parkinson’s is the same disease that afflicts fellow actor Michael J. Fox. For more information, you can visit MichaelJFox.org

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