Emmy Award-winning actor Alan Alda has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
The actor announced the news on "CBS This Morning" on Tuesday, saying he was diagnosed nearly four years ago.
NEW: Actor @AlanAlda just revealed he has Parkinson's disease. The award-winning actor says he was diagnosed with the disease three and a half years ago. https://t.co/cYba2YKewS (via @CBSThisMorning) pic.twitter.com/OpIUBvCKWi— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 31, 2018
Alda, 82, is a six-time Emmy Award winner and is best known for starring in "M*A*S*H" from 1972 to 1983.
"I've had a full life since then," he said. "I've acted, I've given talks, I help at the Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook. I started this new podcast. And I noticed that – I had been on television a lot in the last couple of weeks talking about the new podcast – and I could see my thumb twitch in some shots and I thought, it's probably only a matter of time before somebody does a story about this from a sad point of view, but that's not where I am."
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.