Actor Alan Alda reveals he has Parkinson’s disease
Actor Alan Alda on Tuesday revealed he has Parkinson’s disease.
During an appearance on “CBS This Morning”, Alda revealed he was diagnosed more than three years ago and has “had a full life since then.”
“I’ve acted. I’ve given talks. ... It hasn’t stopped my life at all,” Alda said. “I’ve had a richer life than I’ve had up until now.”
Alda, best known for being “Hawkeye” on “M*A*S*H”, said he had begun to notice his thumb twitching in recent interviews, which is why he decided to publicly reveal his diagnosis.
He says he got a scan for the disease because he had begun 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,” Alda said.
Alda said he had read an article that acting out dreams could be an early sign of Parkinson’s.
“I’m not angry. It’s a challenge,” Alda said. “You’ve got to cross the street, there are cars coming. How do you cross the street? You find a way to do it.”