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'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?' Star

I'm RETIRING from Acting

... I Have Parkinson's

8/8/2012 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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British acting legend Bob Hoskins -- who played P.I. Eddie Valiant in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" and Smee in "Hook" -- just announced ... he's retiring from acting after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

The 69-year-old actor issued a statement earlier today, claiming he was diagnosed last fall. Hoskins also thanked his fans for their support, saying he had a "wonderful career."

No kidding -- his career spanned roughly 80 movies ... and his work in the British films "The Long Good Friday" and "Mona Lisa" earned him a Cannes Award, a Golden Globe for Best Actor, several BAFTA Awards, and an Academy Award nomination.

Then again ... Hoskins also starred in the 1993 live action "Super Mario Bros."

Nobody's perfect.

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jdranetz    

This is terrible news. He was great in "Long Good Friday".

703 days ago
17.

Delaware D    

A very fine actor. I wish him well.

703 days ago
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Mayu    

1.) I wish him and his family/friends well. 2.) I actually liked Super Mario Bros. It was cute in it's own bumbling way.

703 days ago
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JudoDave    

Bob: Don't retire. Parkinson's is not immediately a Disabling Disease. I was diagnosed years ago, and perhaps the progress of Parkinson's for me is slower than for most, but I'm not ready to slow down just because of the diagnosis. There are several others in the entertainment field with this disease; Michael J. Fox and Bill Geist are notable. They won't quit - nor should you. Best of luck to you. Dave

703 days ago
20.

Mag    

I wish him the best. I love him as an actor and he seems like a decent human being.

703 days ago
21.

Sunset    

Very sad. Hoskins is a great actor and I love him in Hook. Watching him and Hoffman was like watching the actual Captain Hook and Smee, not the actors dressed up as those characters. Best of luck to you good sir.

703 days ago
22.

Miss Greta    

I will remember him best as Arthur Parker in Pennies From Heaven. Roll along prairie moon...

703 days ago
23.

brad    

hey hey back off mario bros the movie
it was awesome lol

703 days ago
24.

Scrum    

Super Mario Brothers rocked! Dennis Hopper was GREAT as King Koopa! Anyway, best of luck to ya Bob.

703 days ago
25.

jeff    

Let's not forget the cinamatic masterpiece known as "Carbon Copy" with Denzel Washington.

703 days ago
26.

Emilio    

Great actor. Good luck to him and his family

703 days ago
27.

TheTruth    

Good luck Mr. Hoskins. Thank you for the entertainment. You are a fine actor. I wish you and your family the best.

703 days ago
28.

dezee209    

Hey I loved him in the Super Mario movie!!!!!!

703 days ago
29.

parlayer    

he can even remember that he was involved?? still ok come back when your asking "what rabbit"

703 days ago
30.

kidgut    

An outstanding and undervalued actor. Wish him well.

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