Bob Hoskins, who has thrilled fans with his work in projects like “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” and two separate outings as Capt. Hook’s Smee, has decided to retire.
Hoskins, 69, has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. While he could continue on doing some acting work even with the condition, like Michael J. Fox, Hoskins has decided he would like to spend more time with his family, and is stepping back to enjoy his 40-year career from afar.
“Bob Hoskins wishes to announce that he will be retiring from acting, following his diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease last autumn,” his family released to The Daily Mail. “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 is a degenerative condition affecting the central nervous system. Those who suffer from the disease experience shaking, slow movement and rigidity as cells die in a patient’s brain. Later stages of Parkinson’s can include dementia as well as sleep and emotional problems.
The condition was first discovered in the early 1800s by James Parkinson, who described the disease as the “shaking palsy” in 1817. The disease was renamed for Parkinson in the late 1800s by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot.
Hoskins most recently appeared as one of the Seven Dwarfs in “Snow White & the Huntsman,” and just last year reprised his role as Smee in the Syfy original movie “Neverland.” He first played that role 20 years before in the Robin Williams film “Hook.”
Many likely know Hoskins for his turn as Eddie Valiant in Touchstone Pictures’ “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.” That film, which combined animation and live-action, earned $349.2 million worldwide in 1988. That film also starred Christopher Lloyd as the villain, Judge Doom, as well as Charles Fleischer as Roger Rabbit and Kathleen Turner as Jessica Rabbit.
Hoskins was rumored to be taking on the role of Jean-Baptiste in Jeffrey Goldberg’s drama “Aleksander Rouge,” but that now would appear to be out of the cards.
Hoskins got his screen start in 1972 in the British drama series “The Main Chance” in a minor role. He would then jump to the short-lived British series “Villains” as Charles Grindley.
He was nominated for an Oscar in 1987 for “Mona Lisa,” losing to Paul Newman in “The Color of Money” for Best Actor. Hoskins was also nominated for three Golden Globe awards, winning in 1987 for “Mona Lisa.” He would be nominated in 1989 for “Roger Rabbit,” losing to Tom Hanks in “Big.” He was also nominated in 2006 for “Mrs. Henderson Presents,” losing to George Clooney for his work in “Syriana.”