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Alan Alda of MASH Gives Update on His Battle with Parkinson's Disease in a Candid Interview on the 'Today' Show

Joe Akins
Oct 25, 2019
03:30 P.M.
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Alan Alda gave an update on his battle with Parkinson's disease during a candid interview. He revealed what he's doing to stay as healthy as he can.

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Health is wealth, and veteran actor, Alan Alda, understands the importance of that saying now, more than ever as he strives to stay healthy while battling Parkinson's disease.

Alan Alda at the "Marriage Story" premiere at the 57th New York Film Festival on October 04, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

Alan Alda at the "Marriage Story" premiere at the 57th New York Film Festival on October 04, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

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The actor, who got diagnosed with the ailment last year got candid about his efforts and state of mind during an appearance on the "3rd Hour" of "The Today Show." He said,

"I'm good. I shake a little, but I'm good."

The "M*A*S*H" star went on to explain,

"I work out; you can hold back the progress if you do a lot of specific exercises, so I do a lot of crazy things."

Actor Alan Alda and wife Arlene Alda at the World Science Festival's 12th Annual Gala on May 22, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

Actor Alan Alda and wife Arlene Alda at the World Science Festival's 12th Annual Gala on May 22, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

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"My wife says the secret to a long marriage is short memory; it seems to work"

Alda listed boxing, tennis, jogging, swimming, bike riding and marching to the music of the composer, John Phillip Sousa, as the "Crazy things," he's doing as exercise. He also admitted that the workout makes him feel like a child.

"I work so hard; I guess that's part of it. I feel like a kid because I'm working so hard."

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The "Ray Donovan" actor, has not slowed down despite his ailment and continues to host his podcast, "Clear + Vivid," among other projects he is involved in. Alda equally has the unrelenting support of his wife of 62 years, Arlene Alda.

In early October, he gushed about the success of his marriage to Closer Weekly, saying,

"My wife says the secret to a long marriage is short memory; it seems to work."

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He stands as the only Hollywood star to have won the coveted award for acting, writing, and directing for the same TV series

The actor equally added,

"Without her, I wouldn't do an awful lot because every time I'm leaving the house to do some work, she says, 'You're going to do great.'"

Alda has indeed done a lot of great things in his life. Born in 1936 as Alphonso D'Abruzzo to a father who sang in Burlesque shows, performance arts has always been a clear career choice for the "Four Seasons" star.

Alan Alda speaks during the film discussion of "Marriage Story" on October 04, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

Alan Alda speaks during the film discussion of "Marriage Story" on October 04, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

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The "West Wing" actor holds five Emmy awards for performance on "M*E*S*H," and he stands as the only Hollywood star to have won the coveted award for acting, writing, and directing for the same TV series.

The actor equally has an Oscar and a Tony nomination but didn't win any.

At 83, Alan is looking forward to all the things he is yet to achieve, and he is determined to focus on the wonderful things in his life, and not give in to Parkinson's disease.

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