Actor Bob Hoskins Retiring After Parkinson's Diagnosis

Celebrity News Aug. 8, 2012 AT 3:30PM
Actor Bob Hoskins attends the Moet British Independent Film Awards at Old Billingsgate Market on December 5, 2010 in London, England.  Actor Bob Hoskins attends the Moet British Independent Film Awards at Old Billingsgate Market on December 5, 2010 in London, England. Credit: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

After a Hollywood career spanning more than forty years, beloved character actor Bob Hoskins is retiring to focus on his family -- and his health.

The 69-year-old announced Wednesday through his rep he's quitting acting after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

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"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," Hoskins' rep said in a statement (as reported by the BBC). "Bob is now looking forward to his retirement with his family and would greatly appreciate that his privacy be respected at this time."

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Hoskins has appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows, including Hook, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Mermaids, and most recently, Snow White and the Huntsman, opposite Kristen Stewart.

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