An Academy Award-nominated actor revealed that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and announced his retirement from acting. The U.K.’s Daily Mail reports that Bob Hoskins, known for “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” “The Long Good Friday” and a string of successful Hollywood movies, received the diagnosis back in the fall and has decided to end his career to focus on spending time with his family.
The British-born Hoskins, 69, received an Oscar nomination for “Mona Lisa” in 1987, also winning a Golden Globe for the role. He appeared recently as a dwarf in the Kristen Stewart movie “Snow White and the Huntsman.”
A statement released on behalf of the actor 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.”
Parkinson’s, a neurological condition, has no known cure, the story reports, adding: “It is often known for the tremors which it causes but other effects include slow movements and depression.”
Among the more than 70 movies in which Hoskins has appeared are “Hook” and “Neverland.” He also appears in “Pink Floyd The Wall,” “Nixon” and “Mermaids.”