An Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated actor who was one of the stars of the hit CBS comedy “M*A*S*H” revealed that he has Parkinson’s disease. Alan Alda said during an appearance today on “CBS This Morning” that he was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disorder three and a half years ago.
Alda, 82, indicated he is revealing the diagnosis now to get ahead of the story before it goes public, and in the hope that his revelation might help other people deal with Parkinson’s.
Alda, who has continued to work since being diagnosed, has been nominated for 34 Primetime Emmys in his career, and has won six, for acting, directing and writing. He most recently won an Emmy in 2006 for a supporting role on “The West Wing.”
He has also won six Golden Globes, and received an Oscar nomination in 2005 for “The Aviator.”
Here’s a clip of Alda’s appearance today on “CBS This Morning” …