Bob Hoskins Retires due to Parkinson’s Disease


Normally I don’t report any retirements too often.  Peter O’Toole, Clint Eastwood (allegedly), all are great actors that have had their time in the sun.

Bob Hoskins, the great British actor has announced that he will be retiring after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.  Hoskins, who was nominated for his brilliant performance in Neil Jordan’s Mona Lisa (1986), has been a dependable and well-regarded thespian for years.  As a younger film-generation critic, he will always be Eddie Valiant, the toon-hating detective that assisted Roger Rabbit in clearing his name.

Hoskins was received several Golden Globe nominations over the years.  He was nominated for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical for Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988) and received a Supporting Actor mention for his role as Vivian Van Damm in Stephen Frears’ Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005).  

Hoskins also delivered memorable roles in Hook (1991), Nixon (1995), and Brazil (1985).

A statement, issued on Hoskins’ behalf, stated,  “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.”

The representative also added, “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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  • John Rivera

    Sad to hear about this.

  • Truly saddened to hear this news. Hoskins is the actor who introduced me to my great love, film noir, after seeing him in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. An incredible talent to be sure, and we will certainly miss him in the movie world.

  • Wonderful actor, truly brilliant as stated in Mona LIsa (1986) and should have won the Oscar that instead went to Paul Newman, who should have won several before then — he was creepy as J. Edhar Hoover in Nixon (1995) — our oss for sure, hope he enjoys retirement.

  • Joey Magidson

    Sad indeed…