British actor Bob Hoskins has announced that he’s retiring from acting after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease last November.
The 69-year old actor, who’s appeared in over 80 films, had the following statement released on his behalf:
“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.”
Best known to people of my generation for his roles in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Hook, and (unfortunately) Super Mario Bros., Hoskins also had memorable roles in the TV series Pennies from Heaven, and films including The Long Good Friday, Mona Lisa, and 1986′s Mermaids, which garnered him the Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards for Best Actor along with an Academy Award nomination.
Barring a comeback, his last film was Snow White & the Huntsman, which was released earlier this year.