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Actor Bob Hoskins Reveals He Has Parkinson's
Bob Hoskins is to retire from acting after revealing he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
The 69-year-old British star's films include the underworld classic The Long Good Friday and Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, a mix of live action and animation.
Hoskins' agent announced he was withdrawing from acting after a "wonderful career" and would be spending time with his family.
A statement issued on his behalf 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."
Hoskins' parts over the years have ranged from gritty gangster films to comedy roles.
He was seen earlier this year playing one of the seven dwarves in Snow White & The Huntsman, which starred Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron.
Hoskins was famously on stand-by to play Al Capone in Brian De Palma's 1987 film The Untouchables, until Robert De Niro agreed to take the role.
The director went on to send him a cheque for £20,000.
Hoskins explained: "I phoned him up and I said 'Brian, if you've ever got any films you don't want me in, son, you just give me a call'."
Back To The Future actor Michael J Fox also has Parkinson's, and started displaying early symptoms in 1990 while shooting Doc Hollywood, although he was not properly diagnosed until the following year.
Another prominent sufferer is former heavyweight world champion boxer Muhammad Ali, while ex-Arsenal and Liverpool footballer Ray Kennedy has also been diagnosed.
Around 120,000 Britons have Parkinson's, which is caused by a loss of brain cells that produce a chemical messenger called dopamine.
Symptoms differ from case to case, but often include a tremor or fine shake while the person is at rest, rigidity of muscles, slowness of movement and unsteady balance.
Most sufferers are over 50 but one in 20 is under 40.
There is no cure and scientists have been unable to work out why people develop the condition.
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Great actor. All the best for the future.
Someone my mum knew had Parkinson's disease and they struggled on with it for years and even when it was at its worst, after many years, he still managed to walk to a tree which someone had cut down in my mum's garden and he tried to drill into the roots with a hand drill. The tree was made of very hard wood, though. Which just goes show, what people can still do when they have that illness. I mean, he could still walk with a hand drill and try to drill through a cut down tree roots. Then again, nobody else managed to drill through it, either even with modern drills.
A right hard nut! Good luck Bob.
So Sad....great actor!
i will always remember Bob's phrase in the film the forgotten toys; "sprouts i hate sprouts" Good luck Bob and all the very best for the future
Great Great Actor. All the very best for your future health and retirement Bob. x
Adrian are you for real you talk utter nonsense and are actually quite offensive in many of the posts I have had the unfortunate experience of reading.
I know exactly how he feels , I was diagnosed in 2007 and am gradually getting slower , come and join Parkinsons U.K. and find out all there is to know . Good luck for the future Bob and just remember that you are not alone .
Good luck Bob. I hope you have a long and happy retirement. Don't let this awful disease get the better of you. :-) x
always came across as a decent guy, hope he has as contented a retirement as possible.