Famous People With Parkinson's Disease

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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.
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 1 
Muhammad Ali
(The Greatest Heavyweight Boxer of All Time)
Muhammad Ali
123
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: January 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: June 3, 2016
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 2 
Michael J. Fox
(Retired Actor, Activist & Philanthropist)
Michael J. Fox
37
Birthdate: June 9, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Edmonton, Canada
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 3 
Pierre Trudeau
(15th Prime Minister of Canada)
Pierre Trudeau
37
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 18, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: September 28, 2000
 4 
Billy Connolly
(Stand-up Comedian)
Billy Connolly
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Birthdate: November 24, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Samuel Beckett
(Irish Novelist Who Won the 1969 Nobel Prize in Literature)
Samuel Beckett
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 13, 1906
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Foxrock, Ireland
Died: December 22, 1989
 6 
George H. W. Bush
(President of the United States (1989-93))
George H. W. Bush
79
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 12, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Milton, Massachusetts, United States
Died: November 30, 2018
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Bob Hoskins
8
Birthdate: October 26, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bury St Edmunds, West Suffolk, England
Died: April 29, 2014
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 8 
Deng Xiaoping
(Politician)
Deng Xiaoping
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 22, 1904
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Guang'an, China
Died: February 19, 1997
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Mao Zedong
(Communist Leader of China)
Mao Zedong
85
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 26, 1893
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shaoshan, Xiangtan, China
Died: September 9, 1976
 10 
Eugene O'Neill
(American Playwright and Winner of the 1936 Nobel Prize in Literature)
Eugene O'Neill
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 16, 1888
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: November 27, 1953
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Vincent Price
5
Birthdate: May 27, 1911
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: October 25, 1993
 12 
Richard Winters
(United States Army Officer and a Decorated War Veteran)
Richard Winters
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 21, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Holland, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: January 2, 2011
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Richard Benjamin Harrison
(Businessman, TV Personality)
Richard Benjamin Harrison
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Birthdate: March 4, 1941
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Danville, Virginia, United States
Died: June 25, 2018
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Frances Shand Kydd
(Mother of Diana, Princess of Wales)
Frances Shand Kydd
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 20, 1936
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sandringham, Norfolk, England
Died: June 3, 2004
 15 
James Doohan
(Screenwriter, Television actor, Film actor, Actor, Novelist, Science fiction writer)
James Doohan
5
Birthdate: March 3, 1920
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vancouver
Died: July 20, 2005
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Jim Backus
(American Actor Best Known for His Role as ‘Thurston Howell III’ in the TV Sitcom ‘Gilligan's Island’)
Jim Backus
6
Birthdate: February 25, 1913
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: July 3, 1989
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Howard Cosell
(Journalist)
Howard Cosell
8
Birthdate: March 25, 1918
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Winston-Salem
Died: April 23, 1995
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Leo Fender
(Inventor)
Leo Fender
2
Birthdate: August 10, 1909
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Anaheim, California, United States
Died: March 21, 1991
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Terry-Thomas
2
Birthdate: July 14, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England
Died: January 8, 1990
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Billy Graham
(American Evangelist and an Ordained Southern Baptist Minister)
Billy Graham
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 7, 1918
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Died: February 21, 2018
 21 
Henry Gibson
5
Birthdate: September 21, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: September 14, 2009
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 22 
Red Grange
(American football halfback)
Red Grange
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 13, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Forksville, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: January 28, 1991
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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G. Gordon Liddy
(FBI Agent Who was Convicted for His Role in the Watergate Scandal)
G. Gordon Liddy
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: March 30, 2021
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 24 
Chespirito
(One of the Greatest Comedians of All Time)
Chespirito
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Birthdate: February 21, 1929
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Died: November 28, 2014
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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Francisco Franco
(Former Caudillo of Spain)
Francisco Franco
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 4, 1892
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ferrol, Spain
Died: November 20, 1975
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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Mitzi Shore
(Co-founder and owner of The Comedy Store)
Mitzi Shore
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: July 25, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Marinette, Wisconsin, United States
Died: April 11, 2018
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Margaret Bourke-White
(Photographer, War photographer, Photojournalist, Journalist)
Margaret Bourke-White
2
Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: June 14, 1904
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City
Died: August 27, 1971
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Enoch Powell
(Former Secretary of State for Health and Social Care of the United Kingdom)
Enoch Powell
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 16, 1912
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Birmingham
Died: February 8, 1998
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Eugene McCarthy
(Politician)
Eugene McCarthy
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 29, 1916
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Watkins
Died: December 10, 2005
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Kenneth More
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Birthdate: September 20, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, England
Died: July 12, 1982
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Dean Malenko
(Wrestler)
Dean Malenko
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 4, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Irvington, New Jersey, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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James Roosevelt
(United States Congressman, US Military Officer, Businessman)
James Roosevelt
4
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: December 23, 1907
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Died: August 13, 1991
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Dean Jones
(Actor)
Dean Jones
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Birthdate: January 25, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Decatur, Alabama, United States
Died: September 1, 2015
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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George Wallace
(45th governor of Alabama, Politician)
George Wallace
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 25, 1919
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Clio, Alabama, United States
Died: September 13, 1998
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John Lindsay
(Mayor of New York City (1966-73))
John Lindsay
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 24, 1921
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: December 19, 2000
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Dean Jones
(cricketer)
Dean Jones
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 24, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Coburg
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M.F.K. Fisher
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 3, 1908
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Albion, Michigan, United States
Died: June 22, 1992
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Frank Kelly
1
Birthdate: December 28, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Blackrock, Dublin, Ireland
Died: February 28, 2016
 39 
Wilhelm Kempff
(German Pianist and Composer Known for His Interpretations of the Music of 'Ludwig Van Beethoven' and 'Franz Schubert')
Wilhelm Kempff
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 25, 1895
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jüterbog, Germany
Died: May 23, 1991
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Benny Mardones
(pop/rock singer and songwriter noted for his hit single)
Benny Mardones
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 9, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: June 29, 2020
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Peter Thomson
(Only Golfer in the Modern Era to Win a Major Three Times in Succession)
Peter Thomson
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 23, 1929
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Died: June 20, 2018
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John Betjeman
1
Birthdate: August 28, 1906
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: May 19, 1984
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Anna Neagle
(English Actress Who is Best Remembered for Her Comedies, Lightweight Musicals and Historical Dramas)
Anna Neagle
3
Birthdate: October 20, 1904
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Forest Gate, London, United Kingdom
Died: June 3, 1986
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 44 
Walter Sisulu
(Former Deputy President of the African National Congress (1991 - 1994))
Walter Sisulu
5
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: May 18, 1912
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ngcobo, South Africa
Died: May 5, 2003
 45 
Sterling Marlin
(American Professional Stock Car Racing Driver)
Sterling Marlin
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 30, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Columbia, Tennessee, United States
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Gunther von Hagens
(German Anatomist Best Known for Inventing 'Plastination' and Establishing the 'Body Worlds' Exhibition)
Gunther von Hagens
1
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: January 10, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Alt-Skalden, Reichsgau Wartheland, Germany
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George Roy Hill
(Film Director)
George Roy Hill
0
Birthdate: December 20, 1921
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Died: December 27, 2002
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André Courrèges
(French Fashion Designer Known for His Streamlined 1960s Designs Influenced by Modernism and Futurism)
André Courrèges
0
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: March 9, 1923
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pau, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France
Died: January 7, 2016
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Kurt Masur
(Conductor)
Kurt Masur
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 18, 1927
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brzeg, Poland
Died: December 19, 2015
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Alan John Percival Taylor
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Birthdate: March 25, 1906
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Southport, England
Died: September 7, 1990