Actor Alan Alda reveals he has Parkinson’s disease

31 July 2018, 11:03 PM
Actor Alan Alda reveals he has Parkinson’s disease (Photo- Twitter/Alan Alda)
Actor Alan Alda reveals he has Parkinson’s disease (Photo- Twitter/Alan Alda)

Actor Alan Alda, best known for fans for his role of Hawkeye Pierce on "M*A*S*H" and in TV shows such as "The Blacklist" and "The Good Fight", has opened up about his battle with Parkinson's disease.

The 82-year-old actor said he was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disorder three and a half years ago but he decided to speak out after his symptoms became more noticeable.

"I've had a full life since. I've acted, I've given talks... It hasn't stopped my life at all. I've had a richer life than I've had up until now," he said during an appearance on CBS on Tuesday Morning.

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The actor said he did not have any symptoms but decided to get a scan because he had been acting out his dreams. 

"I was having a dream that someone was attacking me and I threw a sack of potatoes at him but what I was really doing was throwing a pillow at my wife," he said.

Alda said he took the diagnosis as a challenge rather than feel angry about it.

"I enjoy solving puzzles, it's really fun. I'm not angry. It's a challenge. You've got to cross the street, there are cars coming. How do you cross the street?? You find a way to do it."

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"Find out what real science is coming up with that helps. It helps to keep moving. It helps to move rhythmically."

First Published: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 07:36 PM
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