BOB Hoskins is retiring from acting after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
The 69-year-old actor has announced he is giving up his profession after being diagnosed with the degenerative nervous system disorder last autumn.
He has thanked fans for his "wonderful career" and he now hopes to spend more time with his family.
The British star's spokesperson has issued a statement saying: "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."
The beloved actor's career has spanned four decades during which time he appeared in almost 80 films.
He is best known for his roles as Smee in Steven Spielberg's 'Hook', as P.I. Eddie Valiant in Disney's live action/animation crossover 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?' and as Harold in cult British gangster movie 'The Long Good Friday'.
He was awarded a Golden Globe for Best Actor, a BAFTA and received an Oscar nomination for his standout performance in 'Mona Lisa'.
Bob's final role saw him star opposite Kristen Stewart and as one of the seven dwarves in 'Snow White and the Huntsman'.
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