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Bob Hoskins Retiring From Acting Due To Parkinson’s Diagnosis

Submitted by on August 9, 2012 – 10:38 am Comments

Bob Hoskins in Roger RabbitWhy are all these actors retiring from acting? Last month Peter O’Toole announced that he would be leaving his acting days behind him. Now, Bob Hoskins has done the same, but his reasoning is a bit differently. Unfortunately, it is health-related.

On Wednesday, a statement was released by Hoskins’ agent. The “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” star has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The statement by his agent was very grateful. Hoskins’ wished to thank all the people he has worked with over the years and all of his fans who have supported him throughout his career. His agent also mentioned that the 69 year old star is looking forward to spending his retirement with his family and asked that their privacy be respected. No doubt this is a difficult time for Hoskins’ and his family.

Hoskins’ latest role was in “Snow White and the Huntsman” where he played a dwarf alongside Kristen Stewart. Hoskins’ has also started in such hits as “The Long Good Friday” and my favorite of his “Hook.” He was even nominated for an Oscar for his role in “Mona Lisa.”

Parkinson’s disease affects nearly 1 million people in the United States alone. The symptoms grow severe over time and include tremors and balance issues. There is no cure for the disease, but some treatments can help to lessen the symptoms. There are drug and also surgical options.

Hoskins is not the only famous face of this disease. One most people are aware of is Michael J. Fox. Best known for his role in the “Back to the Future” trilogy, Fox was diagnosed with the disease in 1991 when he was only 30 years old. He kept his struggle quiet until 1998 and retired from his hit TV show “Spin City” in 2000. That year, Fox also launched The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. The foundation is dedicated to raising awareness and funding.

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Bob Hoskins at the Golden Globes

Muhammad Ali is also among those who suffer from the disease. He began suffering from symptoms in 1981 after retiring from boxing, but was not diagnosed until 1984. Now 70 years old, Ali is hardly able to speak.The former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno announced her diagnosis of Parkinson’s in 1995. The first signal to her that something was wrong was an uncontrollable hand tremor.

Johnny Cash also had the condition. In 1997, his condition ended in him having to cancel concerts and some of his book promotions. In 1992 Reverend Billy Graham came forward with his diagnosis. He had known about his condition for roughly three years prior to the announcement.

We are saddened by Hoskins’ retirement, but also completely understanding. Our thoughts are with the actor and hope that he thoroughly enjoys time with those he loves during his retirement.

Keaven Neely

Keaven is a stay at home mother of two little girls. She writes her blog This Mama Is Crazy and also sells her arts and crafts on her Etsy site. Writer of “The No BS Zone”

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