09:36, July 31 79 0 usmagazine.com

2018-07-31 09:36:05


Alan Alda Reveals He Has Parkinson’s Disease

Alan Alda has Parkinson’s disease, but he’s been living a “full life” since his diagnosis, as the 82-year-old revealed on Tuesday, July 31.

The M*A*S*H star made the reveal during his appearance on CBS This Morning, explaining he found out he had the neurodegenerative disorder three and a half years ago.

“I’ve had a full life since then,” he added. “I’ve acted, I’ve given talks, I help at the Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook. I started this new podcast.”

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The podcast is “Clear+Vivid,” in which the six-time Emmy winner chats with “people who know how hard it is, and yet how good it feels, to really connect with other people,” according to its official description.

In his post-M*A*S*H years, Alda has also guest-starred on the TV shows The West Wing, 30 Rock and The Good Fight, and appeared in the films What Women Want, Wanderlust and Bridge of Spies. He also received an Oscar nomination for his supporting role in 2004’s The Aviator.

On CBS This Morning, Alda appeared to be in high spirits. “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,” he told the morning show’s hosts. “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.”

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