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Actor Alan Alda reveals he has Parkinson's disease

Matt Rosenberg
| Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 9:15 a.m.

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.”

Matthew Rosenberg is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Matthew at 412-320-7937, mrosenberg@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Matt_Rosenberg.

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