Parkinson's disease (PD) is a long-term degenerative disorder of the central nervous system characterized by shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement, and difficulty with walking and other symptoms. Living a normal life with the disease is a challenge that millions around the globe face. To be burdened with so many physical symptoms that might also be coupled with cognitive and behavioral problems is indeed difficult. However there are some truly gutsy people out there who prove that even PD can’t dampen their love for life. Michael Andrew Fox was diagnosed with the disease when he was just 29, yet he went on to become a prominent actor, producer, and an advocate for research toward finding a cure for PD. The recently deceased professional boxer and activist Muhammad Ali was also suffering from Parkinson's disease; he had previously been diagnosed with Parkinson's syndrome, which his doctors attributed to boxing-related brain injuries. The multi-faceted Johnny Cash, widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, also suffered from PD later in his life. Billy Connolly, Dave Parker, and Michael Kinsley are a few other celebrities who have been diagnosed with PD. Read on for more information about famous people with Parkinson's disease.
Robin WilliamsRobin Williams
21 July 1951, American
American stand-up comedian
Johnny CashJohnny Cash
26 February 1932, American

Muhammad AliMuhammad Ali
17 January 1942, American

Michael J. FoxMichael J. Fox
09 June 1961, Canadian

Mao ZedongMao Zedong
26 December 1893, Chinese
Communist Leader of China

Linda RonstadtLinda Ronstadt
15 July 1946, American
Singer, Songwriter, Musician
Billy ConnollyBilly Connolly
24 November 1942, Scottish
Stand-up Comedian

Francisco FrancoFrancisco Franco
04 December 1892, Spanish
Dictator of Spain

Pope John Paul IIPope John Paul II
18 May 1920, Polish
The 264th Pope (Bishop of Rome)

Pierre TrudeauPierre Trudeau
18 October 1919, Canadian
15th Prime Minister of Canada
George WallaceGeorge Wallace
25 August 1919, American

Billy GrahamBilly Graham
07 November 1918, American
Vincent priceVincent Price
27 May 1911, American

Deng XiaopingDeng Xiaoping
22 August 1904, Chinese

Casey KasemCasey Kasem
27 April 1932, American
Radio Jockey, Voice Actor
Richard Benjamin HarrisonRichard Benjamin Harrison
04 March 1941, American
Businessman, TV Personality

Deborah Kerr Deborah Kerr
30 September 1921, British
Enoch PowellEnoch Powell
16 June 1912, British

Janet RenoJanet Reno
21 July 1938, American
78th Attorney General of the United States

Howard CosellHoward Cosell
25 March 1918, American
Valerie PerrineValerie Perrine
03 September 1943, French

Eugene McCarthyEugene McCarthy
29 March 1916, American
Roger BannisterRoger Bannister
23 March 1929, British
Former British Athlete Who Ran The First

John LindsayJohn Lindsay
24 November 1921, American
Politician, Former Mayor of New York City

James RooseveltJames Roosevelt
23 December 1907, American
United States Congressman, US Military Officer,

Jack BuckJack Buck
21 August 1924, American
Salvador DaliSalvador Dali
11 May 1904, Spanish
Surrealist Painter
Edward WestonEdward Weston
24 March 1886, American

George Roy HillGeorge Roy Hill
20 December 1921, American
Film Director

Giulio NattaGiulio Natta
25 February 1903, Italian

Owen ChamberlainOwen Chamberlain
10 July 1920, American
Alfred DoblinAlfred Doblin
10 August 1878, German
Writer, Doctor

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Alan John Percival TaylorAlan John Percival Taylor
25 March 1906, British

James DoohanJames Doohan
03 March 1920, Canadian
Screenwriter, Television actor, Film actor, Actor,

Pauline KaelPauline Kael
19 June 1919, American
Film critic, Writer, Journalist

Anna NeagleAnna Neagle
20 October 1904, British
Actor, Singer, Musician
Walter SisuluWalter Sisulu
18 May 1912, South African

Alex BandAlex Band
08 June 1981, American
Gunther von HagensGunther von Hagens
10 January 1945, German
Anatomist, Sculptor, Inventor, University teacher

Margaret Bourke-WhiteMargaret Bourke-White
14 June 1904, American
Photographer, War photographer, Photojournalist,

A. J. P. TaylorA. J. P. Taylor
25 March 1906, British
Historian of the modern age, University teacher,
Jansher KhanJansher Khan
15 June 1969, Pakistani
Squash player

Ferdy MayneFerdy Mayne
11 March 1916, German
Ba JinBa Jin
25 November 1904
Writer, Translator, Esperantist, Autobiographer,

Erland JosephsonErland Josephson
15 June 1923, Swedish
Film director, Writer, Screenwriter, Stage actor,

John WalkerJohn Walker
1949 AD, American
software developer, engineer, computer scientist

Carlo Maria MartiniCarlo Maria Martini
15 February 1927, Italian
theologian, writer, cleric, university teacher

Freddie RoachFreddie Roach
05 March 1961, American
boxer, boxing trainer
Dean JonesDean Jones
24 March 1961, Australian