Bob Hoskins retires from acting

Veteran British actor Bob Hoskins is to retire from performing, after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Hoskins has been one of Britain’s most prominent character actors for the last four decades.

Hoskins’s representative issued a statement with details of the news: "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. Bob is now looking forward to his retirement with his family, and would greatly appreciate that his privacy be respected at this time."

Hoskins first came to attention with the central role in Dennis Potter’s groundbreaking musical drama Pennies From Heaven. His first major film success was in the British gangster drama A Long Good Friday in 1980. He followed that with central roles in films such as Brazil, Mona Lisa (for which he received an Oscar nomination), Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and Mermaids.

Hoskins never quite made the breakthrough to Hollywood success. When Robert De Niro beat him to the role of Al Capone in The Untouchables, director Brian De Palma sent him a cheque as a consolation. Hoskins called up De Palma to ask if there any other roles he didn’t want him to play.

If he has any career regrets they may include knowing that many US filmgoers would associate Hoskins with his role in the film adaptation of Super Mario Bros, which he described as "the worst thing I ever did." He took the part having never even heard of the Nintendo game. His son had to show him what the film was all about.

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