Bob Hoskins, born Robert William Hoskins Jr., is perhaps best known for his roles in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Pennies from Heaven, and The Long Good Friday. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2012. Upon the diagnosis, he decided to retire from his 30+ year acting career to enjoy friends and family at home.
Projects that Mr. Hoskins was involved with, whether acting, directing, or lending his voice talents, include the following:
- The Cotton Club – Owney Madden
- The Raggedy Rawney - Darky
- Mermaids – Lou Landsky
- Hook - Smee
- Balto – voice of Boris
- Cousin Bette – Cesar Crevel
- David Copperfield - Micawber
- Son of the Mask - Odin
- Mrs Henderson Presents – Vivian Van Damm
- A Christmas Carol – Mr. Fezziwig
- Snow White and the Huntsman – Muir
Mr. Hoskins appeared in over 65 movies, over 30 television shows, as well as a music video. He has won numerous awards during his career, including the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Cannes Film Festival: Best Actor, Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor: Motion Picture Drama, Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor, London Film Critics Circle Award for Actor of the Year, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor, and the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor. He has received numerous nominations for awards throughout his career.
About Parkinson's Disease
According to the Mayo Clinic , Parkinson’s disease is “a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects your movement. It develops gradually, sometimes starting with a barely noticeable tremor in just one hand. But while tremor may be the most well-known sign of Parkinson's disease, the disorder also commonly causes stiffness or slowing of movement.” Other symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, which could make it difficult to perform as an actor, include ridged muscles, slurred speech and/or a monotone voice.
Famous individuals that have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease include Michael Fox, Muhammad Ali, Salvador Dali, Reverend Billy Graham, Vincent Price, George Wallace, as well as many others throughout history.