Actor Bob Hoskins has announced that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease and will be retiring from his ''wonderful acting career.''
The 69-year-old star, whose career spans four decades, has starred in Hollywood movies such as Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Long Good Friday and Snow White & The Huntsman, where he played a dwarf alongside Kristen Stewart.
His agent announced his retirement today after being diagnosed in the autumn and plans to spend time with his family.
A statement was issued on his behalf, and 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,'' the spokesperson added.
The north London born star spent a short spell working in a circus, as well as being a porter and lorry driver, before finally turning to acting. And although he rose to fame in gritty British films, he successfully built up a profile in the US.
We wish Bob and his family all the best.
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