Alan Alda of MASH Gives Update on His Battle with Parkinson's Disease in a Candid Interview on the 'Today' Show
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.
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.
"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."
"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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“When the culture is divided so sharply, actors can help, at least a little, by doing what we do. The nice part is it’s fun to do it.” - Alan Alda _ Honoree Alan Alda, recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award, attends the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles. | January 27, 2019 | 📷: Charley Gallay | #GettyEntertainment for Turner
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."
Arlene and I are celebrating our 60th anniversary today. Still laughing.— Alan Alda (@alanalda) March 15, 2017
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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.
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.