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'M*A*S*H' Actor Alan Alda Shares His Secret to Living Well With Parkinson's Disease

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What was said: Actor Alan Alda (best known for playing Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce on “M*A*S*H”) opened up about living with Parkinson’s disease in a new interview with AARP.

In addition to detailing his journey with polio as a child, Alda explained how acting out his dreams helped him realize he had Parkinson’s and how he’s coping with the diagnosis by staying active. (You can read the full interview here.) A lot of people hear they have Parkinson’s and get depressed and panicky and don’t do anything, just hoping it’ll go away.

It’s not going to, but you can hold off the worst symptoms. — Alan Alda The backstory: Alda initially revealed he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2018.

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