Alan Alda revealed the news that he has Parkinson’s disease on CBS This MorningTuesday. The M*A*S*H star received the diagnosis three and a half years ago.
“I’m doing great,” he told co-hosts Anthony Mason, Norah O’Donnell and Alex Wagner. “And you might be surprised to hear that. I haven’t said in public until now that I’ve been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.”
The Emmy and Golden Globe winner said he’s focused on the positive, and has had a “full life” since being diagnosed, while acknowledging that symptoms are beginning to creep into his day-to-day life.
The 82-year-old Alda says he is sharing the news in anticipation of a gotcha story.
“I’ve acted, I’ve given talks, I help at the Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook, I started this new podcast. 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. 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.”