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The incomparable Bob Hoskins retires from acting

08.09.2012

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I'll keep this brief.

Bob Hoskins is a man you know from all sorts of brilliant performances across a wide variety of films (HOOK, UNLEASHED, ENEMY AT THE GATES, MONA LISA, THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY, WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT?, and SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN to name a very few), and it is with a great deal of sadness that we see him retire from the craft of acting.

Hoskins has been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, a debilitating disease of the nervous system that he shares with Muhammad Ali and Michael J. Fox and which you can read all about right here.

A statement released by his representative read: "Bob Hoskins wishes to announce that he will be retiring from acting, following his diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease last autumn.  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."

Our thoughts and well wishes are with Hoskins and his family in this difficult time.

Extra Tidbit: Hoskins claimed to have never taken an acting lesson or class in his life, something which seems to have worked out rather well for just about everyone involved.

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11:18PM on 08/11/2012
this is sad news, and I guess that means no roger rabbit 2. bummer!
this is sad news, and I guess that means no roger rabbit 2. bummer!
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1:20AM on 08/10/2012
There goes my hopes for Super Mario Bros Dos.
There goes my hopes for Super Mario Bros Dos.
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10:19PM on 08/09/2012

sucks

Awful news. Roger Rabbit and Hook were staples of my childhood.
Totally unrelated, I like how there's no consensus on how to rate news like this.
Awful news. Roger Rabbit and Hook were staples of my childhood.
Totally unrelated, I like how there's no consensus on how to rate news like this.
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7:36PM on 08/09/2012

John Bindon. that was his name

He was acquitted when Hoskins appeared as a character witness and delivered the real performance of his life since Bindon walked.
He was acquitted when Hoskins appeared as a character witness and delivered the real performance of his life since Bindon walked.
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7:31PM on 08/09/2012

Fun fact: he testified at a hitman's trial and his testimony got the hitman freed

Something to do with those princess Margaret pictures that served as the inspiration for Sexy Beast, The Bank Job, and a few others. Anyhow he was best in The Long Good Friday. Recently Danny the Dog let him be feral again.
I hope he enjoys his retirement.
Something to do with those princess Margaret pictures that served as the inspiration for Sexy Beast, The Bank Job, and a few others. Anyhow he was best in The Long Good Friday. Recently Danny the Dog let him be feral again.
I hope he enjoys his retirement.
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6:44PM on 08/09/2012
I will miss seeing him on the big screen. I was a fan from the second I walked out of Who Framed Roger Rabbit when I was five years old. I still remember when I found out he was going to play Super Mario and I practically shit the bed I was so excited. Granted, the movie was a big let down, but he was better than it deserved, and that's a testament to how good he was.
I will miss seeing him on the big screen. I was a fan from the second I walked out of Who Framed Roger Rabbit when I was five years old. I still remember when I found out he was going to play Super Mario and I practically shit the bed I was so excited. Granted, the movie was a big let down, but he was better than it deserved, and that's a testament to how good he was.
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3:22PM on 08/09/2012
Amazing actor, wish him the best
Amazing actor, wish him the best
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1:27PM on 08/09/2012

"The Mafia, I shit'em"

Just one of many memorable quotes from his best film The Long Good Friday.
One of England's best actors. hope you enjoy retirement dude and you'll be more than welcomed back if you decide to make another appearance.

"I'll have his carcass dripping blood by midnight"
Just one of many memorable quotes from his best film The Long Good Friday.
One of England's best actors. hope you enjoy retirement dude and you'll be more than welcomed back if you decide to make another appearance.

"I'll have his carcass dripping blood by midnight"
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12:06PM on 08/09/2012

Very sad news

Bob Hoskins is a brilliant actor who always brought his A game, no matter what the role. Good luck to him in fighting this debilitating disease.
Bob Hoskins is a brilliant actor who always brought his A game, no matter what the role. Good luck to him in fighting this debilitating disease.
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11:56AM on 08/09/2012
One of my all-time acting heroes. While I completely respect this under the circumstances, it's still very sad to hear, I still kind of feel torn. I haven't seen the Snow White movie yet, but the trailers got me thinking how I wanted to see more of him not just in movies like "Made in Dagenham" (which looked so formulaic I decided I couldn't watch it). His performance in "Mona Lisa" is one of the most amazing pieces of acting I have ever witnessed in movies. Eddie Valiant was my childhood hero,
One of my all-time acting heroes. While I completely respect this under the circumstances, it's still very sad to hear, I still kind of feel torn. I haven't seen the Snow White movie yet, but the trailers got me thinking how I wanted to see more of him not just in movies like "Made in Dagenham" (which looked so formulaic I decided I couldn't watch it). His performance in "Mona Lisa" is one of the most amazing pieces of acting I have ever witnessed in movies. Eddie Valiant was my childhood hero, who I still credit with my eventual fascination with the hard-boiled detective story. He even kind of saved "The Super Mario Brothers" for me, and I know most people loath that movie. Best wishes to him and his family.
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11:16AM on 08/09/2012
Thanks to Bob Hoskins for the great films he has made. Good luck in your retirement, Bob. And good luck fighting your battle with Parkinson's.
Thanks to Bob Hoskins for the great films he has made. Good luck in your retirement, Bob. And good luck fighting your battle with Parkinson's.
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9:15AM on 08/09/2012
Hoskins is the man, will miss him.
Hoskins is the man, will miss him.
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9:00AM on 08/09/2012
Fuck that fucking disease.
Fuck that fucking disease.
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8:28AM on 08/09/2012

Enjoy retirement Bob!

All the best Bobby and just know that when I'm the age you are now, I'll still be watching your amazing performances and so will many more generations.
All the best Bobby and just know that when I'm the age you are now, I'll still be watching your amazing performances and so will many more generations.
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8:20AM on 08/09/2012
This is really sad. Bob Hoskins is a wonderful actor, and a lot of fun in whatever he's in. But at least now he gets to retire and spend time with his family. I guess it's not so bad, really. He's certainly leaving behind a wonderful, varied body of work for us to enjoy.
This is really sad. Bob Hoskins is a wonderful actor, and a lot of fun in whatever he's in. But at least now he gets to retire and spend time with his family. I guess it's not so bad, really. He's certainly leaving behind a wonderful, varied body of work for us to enjoy.
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8:17AM on 08/09/2012
Oh, No! That's sad. I never know he's been diagnosed with Parkinson. I wish you good, strong health, Mr. Hoskins. You're one of my favorite actors. I like you best in The Long Good Friday. You're sensational!
Oh, No! That's sad. I never know he's been diagnosed with Parkinson. I wish you good, strong health, Mr. Hoskins. You're one of my favorite actors. I like you best in The Long Good Friday. You're sensational!
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