Bob Hoskins, the “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” actor seen most recently in “Snow White and the Huntsman,” has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and will retire from acting, it was announced Wednesday.
The 69-year-old father of four made the decision “following his diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease last autumn,” read a statement from his agent obtained by Movies Now. “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, who turns 70 in October, has more than 100 movies, TV movies and TV series to his name, according to IMDb, and was Oscar-nominated for his lead role in “Mona Lisa.”
Actor Michael J. Fox, who was diagnosed with the same neurological condition in 1991, went public with his illness in 1999 and stepped away from the spotlight the next year.
Fox, another father of four, returned to his craft in 2004, and since then has had recurring roles on “Boston Legal,” “Rescue Me” and “The Good Wife.” Through the Michael J. Fox Foundation, the “Family Ties” and “Back to the Future” actor is also a vocal advocate for Parkinson’s research.
Source: Los Angeles Times