Bob Hoskins diagnosed with Parkinson's, retiring from acting

Bob Hoskins arriving for the world premiere of "Made in Dagenham" in London on Sept. 20, 2010.
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(CBS/AP) LONDON - British actor Bob Hoskins says he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and is retiring from acting.

In a statement released through his agent Wednesday, the 69-year-old star of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" thanked his fans and said he has had a "wonderful career."

"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," the statement said, according to the BBC. "Bob is now looking forward to his retirement with his family, and would greatly appreciate that his privacy be respected at this time."

The statement said Hoskins was diagnosed with the degenerative nerve condition last fall.

The London actor - a specialist in tough guys with a tender streak - starred in British classics including "The Long Good Friday" and "Mona Lisa" as well as the Hollywood hit "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" over his four-decade career.

Earlier this year, he was seen as one of the seven dwarves in "Snow White & The Huntsman," starring Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth.

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