Veteran British actor Bob Hoskins, probably best known for his roles as PI Eddie Valiant in Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Smee in “Hook” announced today that he is retiring from acting after receiving a diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease.
Hoskins agent released the following statement:
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.
Before Bob Hoskins was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, he was seen this year playing Muir, the blind, elder Dwarf, who possesses the powers of premonition in Snow White and the Huntsman.
Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a brain disorder of the nerve cells (neurons) in the brain that control movement called the basal ganglia.
One part of the basal ganglia, called the substantia nigra, produces a chemical called dopamine. Dopamine is important because it allows for the smooth movement of muscles in the body.
In Parkinson’s Disease, for as of yet unknown reasons, these brain cells are damaged and stop producing dopamine. When the level of dopamine drops below a certain amount, noticeable symptoms of PD begin to occur.
These symptoms include:
Currently,there is no cure for PD.
Treatment primarily consists of drugs that either replace or mimic dopamine, which can lessen symptoms.
Surgery may be used as a last resort in a selective group of patients.
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