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Bob Hoskins Retires…

Impact is sad to hear that Bob Hoskins, one of our best character actors is retiring from acting after being diagnosed with Parkinson's….

Bob Hoskins may not be the archetype action-man but he's one of his generation's most respected – if still somewhat under-rated –  actors with plenty a thriller and action-sequence to his name.

So the announcement that he is retiring from acting due to his diagnosis with Parkinson's comes as a shock and a real shame to the industry and audiences alike.  His career has stretched through diverse classics such as  The Long Good Friday, Mona Lisa, TwentyFour/Seven, Hook, Neverland, Mrs Henderson Presents, Super Mario Bros. Zulu Dawn, Pink Floyd's The Wall and – of course – Who Framed Roger Rabbit?  He also starred alongside Jet Li in Unleashed and was most recently seen in this year's Snow White & the Huntsman.

"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," said an official statement from his agent. "Bob is now looking forward to his retirement with his family, and would greatly appreciate that his privacy be respected at this time."

Daiga Heisters, Head of Professional Engagement and Education at Parkinson's UK said:

"We are sorry to learn that Bob Hoskins has been diagnosed with Parkinson's. He is joining 127,000 people in the UK currently living with the condition. Parkinson's is a progressive condition that affects everybody differently, and can change on a daily, or even hourly, basis. Many people can live a full and active life with their diagnosis of Parkinson's. However, it does affect some people quickly and severely. The important thing is that there is plenty of support available for those living with the condition.

If anyone would like advice or support about Parkinson's they can call a  free, confidential helpline 0808 800 0303 or visit www.parkinsons.org.uk 

Impact wishes Bob and his family a long and happy retirement.