M.A.S.H.’ star Alan Alda reveals he has Parkinson’s disease

American actor Alan Alda speaks on stage as a master of ceremony during the announcement of the prestigious 2012 Kavli prizes for neuroscience, astrophysics, and nanoscience, in Oslo, on September 4, 2012. AFP PHOTO / SCANPIX NORWAY / ERLEND AAS ***NORWAY OUT*** (Photo credit should read AAS, ERLEND/AFP/GettyImages)

 NEW YORK — Actor Alan Alda says he has Parkinson’s disease.
Appearing Tuesday on “CBS This Morning,” the former “M.A.S.H.” star said he was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disorder three and a half years ago. Alda says he expects a tabloid will soon publish a story about his diagnosis.

The 82-year-old says he’s not angry and considers it a challenge. Alda says he has acted and given talks since then. He says he could see his thumb twitch in a recent podcast and thought someone would soon do a sad story.

Alda says revealing his diagnosis might be helpful to others with Parkinson’s that there are things they can do.

Alda played a senator who ran for president on “The West Wing” and he also hosted “Scientific American Frontiers” on PBS.

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