Bob Hoskins thanks fans as he’s forced to retire

Bob Hoskins is to retire from the acting world after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

The 69-year-old star – whose career spans four decades – has starred in Hollywood hits such as Who Framed Roger Rabbit and homegrown underworld classic The Long Good Friday, as well as classic British TV series Pennies From Heaven.

His 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.”

Bob’s parts over the years have ranged from gritty gangster films to comedy roles and he was seen earlier this year playing one of the seven dwarves in Snow White & The Huntsman starring Kristen Stewart.

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