MASH Star Alan Alda Reveals Parkinson's Disease Battle

The 82-year-old was diagnosed three-and-a-half years ago.

This week Alan Alda revealed he has Parkinson's disease.

Appearing on CBS This Morning, the M*A*S*H* star told the hosts, "I haven't said in public until now that I've been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease".

"The reason that I want to talk about it in public is that I was diagnosed three-and-a-half years ago, and I've had a full life since then."

Recently Alda has hit the publicity trail to discuss the launch of his new podcast, Clear and Vivid, and during several TV appearances the 82-year-old said he could occasionally see his thumb twitch.

"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."

He also tweeted about his diagnosis writing, "I decided to let people know I have Parkinson's to encourage others to take action... If you get a diagnosis, keep moving!"

Calling the disease a challenge, Alda also said he is "not angry" about his symptoms, but wanted to speak publicly about the realities of living with Parkinson's.

"While I’m trying to say something else, I’m not going to be thinking, is my thumb on a life of its own... That’s just one of the realities of my life... I've had a richer life than I've had up until now."

Alda is most famously known for his role on the series M*A*S*H* where he played Hawkeye Pierce, his work on the show saw him win five Emmy Awards and six Golden Globes.

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