M.A.S.H actor and six-time Emmy award-winner, Alan Alda announced On Tuesday that he has Parkinson’s disease. Alda who played Hawkeye Pierce in the hit series M.A.S.H as beloved combat doctor said in an interview with CBS that he was diagnosed with the disease in 2015.
“I was diagnosed three-and-a-half years ago and I’ve had a full life since then,” the 82-year-old 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.”
Parkinson’s is a disorder of the central nervous system that affects movement, often including tremors. Alan revealed the only difference he has seen is his thumb twitching.
“I thought it’s probably only a matter of time before somebody does a story about this from a sad … point of view, which is not where I am,” Alda said.
Unlike many who suffer from the disease, Alda has not been suffering from any severe symptoms .
“I’m taking boxing lessons three times a week, I do singles tennis a couple of times a week,” Alda said. “I march to [John Philip] Sousa music because marching to march music is good for Parkinson’s.”
Alan has taken his disease and turned it into somethings positive, “I’m not angry because it’s a challenge,” he said in the interview.
“You know you’ve got to cross the street. There are cars coming. How do you get across the street? You don’t just sit on the pavement and say, ‘Well, I guess I’ll never cross the street again.’ You find a way to do it.”