Legendary British actor Bob Hoskins has announced his retirement from acting after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
The 69 year old actor is one of the UK’s biggest movie stars.
His forty year career includes hits such as Who Framed Roger Rabbit and the classic British gangster films The Long Good Friday and Mona Lisa.
On Wednesday his agent issued the following statement:
“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.”
Clip: The Long Good Friday
IN a statement released after Mr Hopkins’ diagnosis was announced, Daiga Heisters, Head of Professional Engagement and Education at Parkinson’s UK said: “We are sorry to learn that Bob Hoskins has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s.
“He is joining 127,000 people in the UK currently living with the condition. Parkinson’s is a progressive condition that affects everybody differently, and can change on a daily, or even hourly, basis.
“Many people can live a full and active life with their diagnosis of Parkinson’s. However, it does affect some people quickly and severely.
“The important thing is that there is plenty of support available for those living with the condition.
“If anyone would like advice or support about Parkinson’s they can call our free, confidential helpline 0808 800 0303 or www.parkinsons.org.uk ”