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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Clayton Davis--prolific writer and autism awareness advocate of Puerto Rican and Black descent, known for his relentless passion, dedication, and unique aptitude. Over the course of a decade, he has been criticizing both film and television extensively. To date, he has been either featured or quoted in an array of prominent outlets, including but not limited to The New York Times,, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter. Growing up in the Bronx, Clayton’s avid interest in the movie world began the moment he first watched "Dead Poets Society” at just five years of age. While he struggled in English class all throughout grade school, he dived head first into writing, ultimately taking those insufficiencies and transforming them into ardent writings pertaining to all things film, television, and most importantly, the Academy Awards. In addition to crafting a collection of short stories that give a voice to films that haven’t made it to the silver screen, Clayton currently serves as the Founding Editor of He also holds active voting membership at various esteemed organizations, such as the Broadcast Film Critics Association, Broadcast Television Journalists Association, African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, Black Reel Awards, and International Press Academy. Furthermore, Clayton obtained his B.A. degree in American Studies and Communications.