Bob Hoskins retire following Parkinson's Disease diagnosis
Veteran actor Bob Hoskins, 69, is retiring from the acting game after being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease.
His career as an actor spanned four decades and one Oscar nomination for his blistering performance in Brit drama 'Mona Lisa'.
He also starred in hits such as Terry Gilliam's 'Brazil', the classic live action/animation hybrid 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?' and Steven Spielberg's 'Hook'.
In addition, he very nearly played Al Capone in Brian De Palma's gangster classic 'The Untouchables', even signing on to the project before Robert De Niro replaced him at the last minute. Hoskins still got paid, prompting his trademark dry wit to address the situation by asking De Palma to let him know if there were any other movies he didn't want him to appear in.
But before all that (and those "it's good to talk" BT phone ads), his big break came from the BBC in the television adaptation of Dennis Potter's 'Pennies From Heaven' in 1978. He then exploded into film with the gritty masterpiece 'The Long Good Friday' in 1980.
A statement released by his agent said: "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"
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