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.
Muhammad AliMuhammad Ali
17 January 1942, American
 
Michael J. FoxMichael J. Fox
09 June 1961, Canadian
Actor

Robin WilliamsRobin Williams
21 July 1951, American
American stand-up comedian

Johnny CashJohnny Cash
26 February 1932, American
Singer-Songwriter

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

Linda RonstadtLinda Ronstadt
15 July 1946, American
Singer, Songwriter, Musician
Pope John Paul IIPope John Paul II
18 May 1920, Polish
Sovereign of the State of the Vatican City

Billy ConnollyBilly Connolly
24 November 1942, Scottish
Stand-up Comedian

George WallaceGeorge Wallace
25 August 1919, American
 
Francisco FrancoFrancisco Franco
04 December 1892, Spanish
Former Caudillo of Spain

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

Pierre TrudeauPierre Trudeau
18 October 1919, Canadian
15th Prime Minister of Canada

Richard Benjamin HarrisonRichard Benjamin Harrison
04 March 1941, American
Businessman, TV Personality

Deng XiaopingDeng Xiaoping
22 August 1904, Chinese
 

Janet RenoJanet Reno
21 July 1938, American
78th Attorney General of the United States
Casey KasemCasey Kasem
27 April 1932, American
Radio Jockey, Voice Actor

Deborah Kerr Deborah Kerr
30 September 1921, British
Actress

Enoch PowellEnoch Powell
16 June 1912, British
 

James RooseveltJames Roosevelt
23 December 1907, American
United States Congressman, US Military Officer,
Howard CosellHoward Cosell
25 March 1918, American
Journalist

Tony MendezTony Mendez
15 November 1940, American
CIA Officer
Eugene McCarthyEugene McCarthy
29 March 1916, American
Politician

Dean MalenkoDean Malenko
04 August 1960, American
Wrestler

Jack BuckJack Buck
21 August 1924, American
Sportscaster
Valerie PerrineValerie Perrine
03 September 1943, French
Actress

John LindsayJohn Lindsay
24 November 1921, American
Politician, Former Mayor of New York City
Roger BannisterRoger Bannister
23 March 1929, British
Former British Athlete Who Ran The First

Leo FenderLeo Fender
10 August 1909, American
Inventor

George Roy HillGeorge Roy Hill
20 December 1921, American
Film Director
Edward WestonEdward Weston
24 March 1886, American
Photographer

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Alan John Percival TaylorAlan John Percival Taylor
25 March 1906, British
Historian
Alfred DoblinAlfred Doblin
10 August 1878, German
Writer, Doctor

Salvador DaliSalvador Dali
11 May 1904, Spanish
Surrealist Painter

Giulio NattaGiulio Natta
25 February 1903, Italian
Chemist

Owen ChamberlainOwen Chamberlain
10 July 1920, American
Physicist
Johnny IsaksonJohnny Isakson
28 December 1944, Georgian
Senator
Bob HoskinsBob Hoskins
26 October 1942, British
Actor

Mitzi ShoreMitzi Shore
25 July 1930, American
CEOs

Dean JonesDean Jones
24 March 1961, Australian
cricketer

James DoohanJames Doohan
03 March 1920, Canadian
Screenwriter, Television actor, Film actor, Actor,
Kenneth MoreKenneth More
20 September 1914, British
Actor

Dean JonesDean Jones
25 January 1931, American
Actor

Terry-ThomasTerry-Thomas
14 July 1911, British
Actor

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

Freddie RoachFreddie Roach
05 March 1961, American
boxer, boxing trainer
Frank KellyFrank Kelly
28 December 1938, Irish
Actor

John BetjemanJohn Betjeman
28 August 1906, British
Poet
Alex BandAlex Band
08 June 1981, American
Singer-Songwriter

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

Gunther von HagensGunther von Hagens
10 January 1945, German
Anatomist, Sculptor, Inventor, University teacher
Theodore HallTheodore Hall
20 October 1925, American
Physicist

Walter SisuluWalter Sisulu
18 May 1912, South African
Activist
A. J. P. TaylorA. J. P. Taylor
25 March 1906, British
Historian

Jean ShepardJean Shepard
21 November 1933, American
Singer-Songwriter

Lou GrozaLou Groza
25 January 1924, American
Football player

George CoulourisGeorge Coulouris
01 October 1903, British
Actor

Claiborne PellClaiborne Pell
22 November 1918, American
Senator
Chester HimesChester Himes
29 July 1909, American
Writer

Roy InnisRoy Innis
06 June 1934, American
Activist

Prince Claus of the NetherlandsPrince Claus of the Netherlands
06 September 1926, German, Dutch
Prince consort

John J. McCloyJohn J. McCloy
31 March 1895, American
Diplomat
Saud bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al SaudSaud bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
02 January 1940, Saudi Arabian
Politician

Ferdy MayneFerdy Mayne
11 March 1916, German
Actor
David WolperDavid Wolper
11 January 1928, American
Producer

Arthur FriedenreichArthur Friedenreich
18 July 1892, Brazilian
Footballer

M.F.K. FisherM.F.K. Fisher
03 July 1908, American
Writer
Malcolm Wilde BrowneMalcolm Wilde Browne
17 April 1931, American
Journalist

O.V. VijayanO.V. Vijayan
02 July 1930, Indian
Author
Wilhelm KempffWilhelm Kempff
25 November 1895, German
Pianist

Jansher KhanJansher Khan
15 June 1969, Pakistani
Squash player

Peter ClaverPeter Claver
26 June 1580, Spanish
Priest
Erland JosephsonErland Josephson
15 June 1923, Swedish
Film director, Writer, Screenwriter, Stage actor,

Nicolás GuillénNicolás Guillén
10 July 1902, Cuban
Poet
André CourrègesAndré Courrèges
09 March 1923, French
Fashion designer

Basil D'OliveiraBasil D'Oliveira
04 October 1931, British, South African
Cricketer

William Cavendish, 1st Duke of NewcastleWilliam Cavendish, 1st Duke of Newcastle
16 December 1593, British
Courtier

Carlo Maria MartiniCarlo Maria Martini
15 February 1927, Italian
Archbishop
Jimmy GiuffreJimmy Giuffre
26 April 1921, American
Clarinetist
Peter ThomsonPeter Thomson
23 August 1929, Australian
Golfer

Karsten SolheimKarsten Solheim
15 September 1911, Norwegian, American
Businessman

Ted LewisTed Lewis
24 October 1893, British
Boxer

Vincent ScullyVincent Scully
21 August 1920, American
Art historian
Ba JinBa Jin
25 November 1904
Writer, Translator, Esperantist, Autobiographer,

Osbert SitwellOsbert Sitwell
06 December 1892
Writer

Chester BowlesChester Bowles
05 April 1901, American
Politician

Philip KapleauPhilip Kapleau
20 August 1912, American
Religious Teacher

Mickey WalkerMickey Walker
13 July 1901, American
Boxer
David StoreyDavid Storey
13 July 1933, British
Playwright

John McCloskeyJohn McCloskey
10 March 1810, American
Archbishop
Martin Julius EsslinMartin Julius Esslin
06 June 1918, Hungarian
Dramatist

Humphrey CarpenterHumphrey Carpenter
29 April 1946, British
Biographer
Alan WaltersAlan Walters
17 June 1926, British
Economist
Charles BachmanCharles Bachman
11 December 1924, American
Computer Scientist