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

Johnny CashJohnny Cash
26 February 1932, American
Singer-Songwriter

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

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

Linda RonstadtLinda Ronstadt
15 July 1946, American
Singer, Songwriter, Musician
George WallaceGeorge Wallace
25 August 1919, American
 

Francisco FrancoFrancisco Franco
04 December 1892, Spanish
Former Caudillo of Spain

Pope John Paul IIPope John Paul II
18 May 1920, Polish
Sovereign of the State of the Vatican City
Billy GrahamBilly Graham
07 November 1918, American
Evangelist

Pierre TrudeauPierre Trudeau
18 October 1919, Canadian
15th Prime Minister of Canada
Billy ConnollyBilly Connolly
24 November 1942, Scottish
Stand-up Comedian

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

Vincent priceVincent Price
27 May 1911, American
Actor
Deborah Kerr Deborah Kerr
30 September 1921, British
Actress

Enoch PowellEnoch Powell
16 June 1912, British
 

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

Dean MalenkoDean Malenko
04 August 1960, American
Wrestler
Tony MendezTony Mendez
15 November 1940, American
CIA Officer

Eugene McCarthyEugene McCarthy
29 March 1916, American
Politician
Howard CosellHoward Cosell
25 March 1918, American
Journalist

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

Roger BannisterRoger Bannister
23 March 1929, British
Former British Athlete Who Ran The First
Valerie PerrineValerie Perrine
03 September 1943, French
Actress

John LindsayJohn Lindsay
24 November 1921, American
Politician, Former Mayor of New York City
Jack BuckJack Buck
21 August 1924, American
Sportscaster

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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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

Alfred DoblinAlfred Doblin
10 August 1878, German
Writer, Doctor

Alan John Percival TaylorAlan John Percival Taylor
25 March 1906, British
Historian
Bob HoskinsBob Hoskins
26 October 1942, British
Actor
James DoohanJames Doohan
03 March 1920, Canadian
Screenwriter, Television actor, Film actor, Actor,

Mitzi ShoreMitzi Shore
25 July 1930, American
CEOs

Terry-ThomasTerry-Thomas
14 July 1911, British
Actor

Johnny IsaksonJohnny Isakson
28 December 1944, Georgian
Senator
Kenneth MoreKenneth More
20 September 1914, British
Actor

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

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,
Walter SisuluWalter Sisulu
18 May 1912, South African
Activist

Theodore HallTheodore Hall
20 October 1925, American
Physicist
Jean ShepardJean Shepard
21 November 1933, American
Singer-Songwriter

A. J. P. TaylorA. J. P. Taylor
25 March 1906, British
Historian

Gunther von HagensGunther von Hagens
10 January 1945, German
Anatomist, Sculptor, Inventor, University teacher
Roy InnisRoy Innis
06 June 1934, American
Activist

Saud bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al SaudSaud bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
02 January 1940, Saudi Arabian
Politician
Claiborne PellClaiborne Pell
22 November 1918, American
Senator

John J. McCloyJohn J. McCloy
31 March 1895, American
Diplomat

Chester HimesChester Himes
29 July 1909, American
Writer

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

Wilhelm KempffWilhelm Kempff
25 November 1895, German
Pianist
George CoulourisGeorge Coulouris
01 October 1903, British
Actor

Peter ClaverPeter Claver
26 June 1580, Spanish
Priest

Ferdy MayneFerdy Mayne
11 March 1916, German
Actor

Arthur FriedenreichArthur Friedenreich
18 July 1892, Brazilian
Footballer
Lou GrozaLou Groza
25 January 1924, American
Football player

Jansher KhanJansher Khan
15 June 1969, Pakistani
Squash player
Erland JosephsonErland Josephson
15 June 1923, Swedish
Film director, Writer, Screenwriter, Stage actor,

Carlo Maria MartiniCarlo Maria Martini
15 February 1927, Italian
Archbishop

Osbert SitwellOsbert Sitwell
06 December 1892
Writer
Jimmy GiuffreJimmy Giuffre
26 April 1921, American
Clarinetist

Vincent ScullyVincent Scully
21 August 1920, American
Art historian
Chester BowlesChester Bowles
05 April 1901, American
Politician

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

André CourrègesAndré Courrèges
09 March 1923, French
Fashion designer
Ba JinBa Jin
25 November 1904
Writer, Translator, Esperantist, Autobiographer,

Karsten SolheimKarsten Solheim
15 September 1911, Norwegian, American
Businessman
Philip KapleauPhilip Kapleau
20 August 1912, American
Religious Teacher

Nicolás GuillénNicolás Guillén
10 July 1902, Cuban
Poet

David StoreyDavid Storey
13 July 1933, British
Playwright

Charles BachmanCharles Bachman
11 December 1924, American
Computer Scientist
Humphrey CarpenterHumphrey Carpenter
29 April 1946, British
Biographer
John R. PierceJohn R. Pierce
27 March 1910, American
Engineer

John McCloskeyJohn McCloskey
10 March 1810, American
Archbishop

Herman GoldstineHerman Goldstine
13 September 1913, American
Mathematician

Josefa IloiloJosefa Iloilo
29 December 1920, Fijian
Former President of Fiji
Bud GreenspanBud Greenspan
18 September 1926, American
Film director

Ulysses KayUlysses Kay
07 January 1917, American
Composer

Luis MardenLuis Marden
25 January 1913, American
Photographer

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

Willy BurgdorferWilly Burgdorfer
27 June 1925, Swiss, American
Scientist
Morris JanowitzMorris Janowitz
22 October 1919, American
Sociologist

Jacob MincerJacob Mincer
15 July 1922, Polish, American
Economist
Libbie HymanLibbie Hyman
06 December 1888, American
Zoologist

Alan WaltersAlan Walters
17 June 1926, British
Economist
James Ingo FreedJames Ingo Freed
23 June 1930, German, American
Architect
Eugenio MontiEugenio Monti
23 January 1928, Italian
Athlete