Bob Hoskins, the English actor likely known best for his roles in the films Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Hook, has announced that he will be retiring from acting, following a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. “Bob is now looking forward to his retirement with his family, and would greatly appreciate that his privacy be respected at this time …” Hoskins agent said in a statement according to BBC. “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.”
Although Hoskins’ performing career dates back to the early 1970s, including classic pieces like Pink Floyd’s The Wall and Brazil, modern audiences are likely most familiar with the actor for his starring role in 1988’s groundbreaking melding of live action and animation, Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Hoskins played gruff, embittered, toon-hating detective Eddie Valiant, who turns over a new leaf when he teams up with the titular cartoon character to solve a murder mystery. Hoskins was also a fan favorite in the ’91 Peter Pan flick Hook, taking on the lovable, oafish pirate sidekick Smee.
Some of Hoskins’ other cinematic roles in the past two decades include the video game hero in the goofy Super Mario Bros. ’93 movie, J. Edgar Hoover in ’95’s Nixon, and Nikita Khrushchev in 2001’s Enemy at the Gates. Hoskins also appeared in the 2002 rom-com Maid in Manhattan and the 2005 surreal thriller Stay. Most recently, Hoskins played the role of Muir, one of the princess’ dwarf allies in the Kristen Stewart picture Snow White and the Huntsman.
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