Saturday, July 13, 2024

Bob Hoskins, “Roger Rabbit” Actor, Retires Citing Parkinson’s


Bob Hoskins, the gruff and lovable character actor who starred in a series of terrific movies including “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?,” is retiring from acting at age 69. He says he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease last fall, and is now going to concentrate on his health and his family. Hoskins should get a SAG Lifetime Achievement Award for his great work in movies like “Mona Lisa,” “The Long Good Friday,” “Mermaids,” “Parting Shots,” “Hook,” and this year’s “Snow White and the Huntsman.” But he’ll best be remembered for “Roger Rabbit,” still a wonderful film. He played Eddie Valiant to Kathleen Turner’s animated Jessica Rabbit, and they were a hoot. Good luck to Bob, and lots of prayers in fighting Parkinson’s. He will be missed from our screens.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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