"I've had a full life since then", he said. I've acted, I've given talks, I help at the Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook, I've started this new podcast. You don't have any symptoms.' I said, 'If there's anything I can do, I want to do it before things start to show up.
Following the interview, Alda tweeted that he had made a decision to share the personal information in order to convince other people with the condition to keep active.
Alan Alda is battling Parkinson's disease.
Alda is best known for his relatable portrayal of Army Capt. "Hawkeye" Pierce in CBS' "M*A*S*H", which connected viewers to life on the front lines of war.
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Alan Alda reveals Parkinson's disease diagnosis
Parkinson's disease is a condition in which parts of the brain become progressively damaged over many years. He said that he's "not angry" about his diagnosis, and instead views it as a new challenge.
During Alda's long career, he has played a range of roles, from Jack Donaghy's father on 30 Rock to host of the PBS series Scientific American Frontiers for 13 seasons. In the last couple of years, he has had recurring roles on TV in Horace and Pete and The Good Fight.
Despite not having any noticeable symptoms, the actor explained that he felt that he might have Parkinson's disease and requested a scan for preventative purposes.
"I made a decision to let people know I have Parkinson's to encourage others to take action". I act, I give talks, I do my podcast, which I love. While it's easy to be "immobilized by fear", he said, there are still plenty of things you can do after being diagnosed.
"I think my saying something publicly about this today is going to make one thing a little easier", he said Tuesday. And I'm not entering dementia. I'm no more demented than I was before.