Alan Alda

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'M.A.S.H.' Star Alan Alda Reveals He Has Parkinson's Disease

July 31, 2018 - 9:04 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Alan Alda has revealed he has Parkinson's disease.

The 82-year-old actor told "CBS This Morning" he was diagnosed three and a half years ago and is talking about it now to show people he is still living a full life -- taking boxing lessons three times a week, playing tennis and even hosts a new podcast, "Clear and Vivid."

"I've acted, I've given talks, I help at the Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook. I started this new podcast. And I noticed that – I had been on television a lot in the last couple of weeks talking about the new podcast – and I could see my thumb twitch in some shots and I thought, it's probably only a matter of time before somebody does a story about this from a sad point of view, but that's not where I am," said Alda.

The Emmy and Golden Globe winner, best known for his portrayal of Army Capt. "Hawkeye" Pierce in the TV series "M*A*S*H," hopes he can help others by going public with the diagnosis. 

"The thing I want folks to know -- and this is not to shortchange people who are suffering with really severe symptoms, symptoms can get very bad and the families can suffer -- but in the very begin to be immobilized by fear and think the worst thing has happened to you, it hasn't happened to you, you still have things you can do," Alda said.