Legendary TV star Alan Alda announced Tuesday on “CBS This Morning” that he has had Parkinson’s disease for the past three-and-a-half years. The Emmy-winning actor has continued to take roles, teach classes and serve as a lecturer during this time. In fact, he was on the Emmy Awards ballot this summer for his guest role this season on “The Good Fight.”
In making the announcement, he said, “This is not to short-change people who are suffering with really severe symptoms. But in the very beginning, to be immobilized by fear and think the worst thing has happened to you, it hasn’t happened to you, you still have things you can do.”
Gold Derby interviewed Alda two years ago about his role on “Horace and Pete” plus chatted with him in a lengthy conversation about his 35 career Emmy nominations (watch the exclusive video above). That includes a total of five Emmy wins for 11 seasons on “M*A*S*H” as actor, director and writer plus a sixth victory for “The West Wing.” He was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1994.
Of that 1970s classic program set during the Korean War of the 1950s, he revealed, “We always knew it was something that was bigger than all of us. We really respected the premise of the show, the fact that it was based on the lives of real people who had been through a really horrific experience. We tried to be true to that and find out as much as we could what that was like in spite of the fact that a lot of the shows were knock-out silly and sometimes crazy.”
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