Alan Alda reveals he has been battling Parkinson’s for years

In a televised revelation about his health this morning, actor Alan Alda explained that he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease about three and a half years ago.

During a segment of Tuesday’s “CBS This Morning,” the M.A.S.H. star said he read an article about symptoms of the disease, one of which prompted him to get a checkup.

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“I was having a dream that someone was attacking me and I threw a sack of potatoes at them,” he said. “But what I was really doing was throwing a pillow at my wife.”

Alda, 82, said he has lived “a full life since then,” including the launch of a new podcast exploring human communication.

“I’ve acted, I’ve given talks, I help at the Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook,” he said. “I started this new podcast.”

He said he wanted to address the diagnosis before observant critics took note of telltale signs.

“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,” he said. “But that’s not where I am.”

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