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Alan Alda reveals he has Parkinson’s disease

82-year-old Emmy-winning actor says he was diagnosed 3 years ago.

The famous actor Alan Alda revealed on Tuesday that he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease three and a half years ago.

Alda, 82, appeared on “CBS This Morning” and said that he was “doing well” despite his diagnosis. The actor, who is best known for his role as Captain Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce in the popular TV series “M*A*S*H,” said he saw his “thumb twitch” when he appeared on television the last couple of weeks and wanted to prevent the tabloids from speculating on his health condition.

“I have a full life since then [the diagnosis],” Alda said. “I have acted, I have to talk, I help with the Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook,” he said. “It’s only a matter of time before someone has a story about this from a sad point of view, but that is not where I am.”

Alan Alda said, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease three and a half years ago.

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“I asked for a scan because I thought maybe I have [Parkinson’s disease]… I had no complaints,” he added, noting he wanted to take action before it is too late.

“The doctor said,” Why do you want a scan you don’t have any symptoms?’ And I said, ‘I want to know if there is anything I can do. I want to do it before the things start to appear.’ And so, months later, [I saw] a bit of cramp in my thumb,” Alda recalled.

The actor claimed that, in the beginning, people were “immobilized by fear” by the diagnosis. However, Alda said, he was able to do many activities, including taking boxing lessons and playing tennis.

Alan Alda said he was able to do many activities, including boxing, and tennis.

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“Every day is different from the next,” Alda said. “It’s like a puzzle that must be solved. What should I adjust in order to carry on a normal life?”

While Alda is best known for “M*A*S*H,” the Emmy and Golden Globe award winner has also appeared in films such as “Tower Heist” and “The Kite”, which also earned him an Oscar nomination for best actor in a supporting role. He continued to appear in various TV shows such as “The West Wing” and “Horace and Pete.”

NEW: Actor @AlanAlda just revealed he has Parkinson’s disease. The award-winning actor says he was diagnosed with the illness three and a half years ago.

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Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter via @bykatherinelam

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