Veteran actor Bob Hoskins is retiring from acting after revealing his Parkinson's Disease diagnosis. The "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" star released a statement announcing his intent.
"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, adding that he found out about the disease last fall. "Bob is now looking forward to his retirement with his family, and would greatly appreciate that his privacy be respected at this time."
Parkinson's disease is a degenerative condition of the nervous system that affects the body's ability to move. It also slurs speech and makes moving painful. Sadly, there's no cure.
We hope Hoskins is seeking advice from some other celebrities with the same disease.
"Back to the Future" star Michael J. Fox is probably the most famous celebrity with Parkinson's. The actor was diagnosed with the condition in 1991 and eventually had to step away from acting when it started to interfere with his daily activities.
The biggest thing he had to come to terms with was how Parkinson's made him look. " Parkinson's] makes me squirm and it makes my pants ride up so my socks are showing and my shoes fall off and I can't get the food up to my mouth when I want to," he told the U.K. Guardian in 2009.
Over time, he started to accept the disease and he's still able to do a lot of the things he loves to do.
"I don't care," he said of having the disease. "If I don't get food in my mouth, I'm still happy. If my pants are round my ankles, as long as I don't get arrested for indecent exposure, I'm happy. I'm worried about keeping my hair, not how it's combed."
We love that attitude - and that's what will keep Fox alive for many, many years to come.
Champion boxer Muhammad Ali was once able to "float like a butterfly and sting like a bee," but that all ended after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's syndrome in 1984. The diagnosis was attributed to his years of physical trauma in the boxing ring.
He's still fighting, though: the champ recently appeared at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games Opening Ceremonies. His mental capacity is still there, even if the physical part isn't.
"His memory is better than mine and he's very sharp. His sense of humor is still there, too," friend John Ramsey told The Associated Press in January 2012.
His daughter said that he's always accepted the illness.
"He would always just say to his family, 'These are the cards I was dealt, so don't be sad,' " daughter Maryum Ali added.
Former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 1995 after she noticed odd movements in her hands.
"I first noticed my hand shaking ... over the summer and I thought it would go away," she told reporters at the time. "When it didn't, I went to see the doctor."
She now works on behalf of Parkinson's causes - and she was there for the opening of the University of Florida's Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration.
Reno didn't think it was a problem, though.
"You need to get a good night's sleep, exercise and eat properly and remain mentally and physically active," she advised fellow Parkinson's sufferers, adding that knee surgery allowed her to lead an active life that includes kayaking.
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