Bob Hoskins , one of the best loved British actors of recent times, has announced his retirement after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. The cockney-accented star, who often played the menacing hard man, said he wanted to spend more time with his family, bringing to an end a career that has spanned four decades.
The star of 'The Long Good Friday' and 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' has already appeared in two movies this year, including the blockbuster 'Snow White and the Huntsman', though recently spoke of his intention to "work less". Arguably, Hoskins' finest role came in the 1987 movie 'Mona Lisa' for which he earned an Oscar nomination. He was once on stand-by to play Al Capone in Brian De Palma's 'The Untouchables', though of course, Robert De Niro went on to play the role, to critical acclaim. According to The Week, after receiving a sizeable cheque for simply being on stand-by, Hoskins told an interviewer, "I phoned him up and I said 'Brian (De Palma), if you've ever got any films you don't want me in, son, you just give me a call'". Fellow actor Michael J Fox revealed that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1998, and although his symptoms have worsened since, he continues to make appearances in U.S. television drama 'The Good Wife'.
We here at Contactmusic.com will certainly miss Hoskins on our screens, and wish him the best of luck tackling his current medical problems.