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
(American stand-up comedian)

21 July 1951

American

Johnny CashJohnny Cash
(Singer-Songwriter)

26 February 1932

American

Billy ConnollyBilly Connolly
(Stand-up Comedian)

24 November 1942

Scottish

Michael J. FoxMichael J. Fox
(Actor)

09 June 1961

Canadian

Mao ZedongMao Zedong
(Communist Leader of China)

26 December 1893

Chinese

Francisco FrancoFrancisco Franco
(Dictator of Spain)

04 December 1892

Spanish

Casey KasemCasey Kasem
(Radio Jockey, Voice Actor)

27 April 1932

American

Linda RonstadtLinda Ronstadt
(Singer, Songwriter, Musician)

15 July 1946

American

George WallaceGeorge Wallace

25 August 1919

American

Pope John Paul IIPope John Paul II
(The 264th Pope (Bishop of Rome))

18 May 1920

Polish

Billy GrahamBilly Graham
(Evangelist)

07 November 1918

American

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Pierre TrudeauPierre Trudeau
(15th Prime Minister of Canada)

18 October 1919

Canadian

Vincent priceVincent Price
(Actor)

27 May 1911

American

Deng XiaopingDeng Xiaoping

22 August 1904

Chinese

Deborah Kerr Deborah Kerr
(Actress)

30 September 1921

British

Janet RenoJanet Reno
(78th Attorney General of the United States)

21 July 1938

American

Enoch PowellEnoch Powell

16 June 1912

British

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Howard CosellHoward Cosell
(Journalist)

25 March 1918

American

Eugene McCarthyEugene McCarthy
(Politician)

29 March 1916

American

Roger BannisterRoger Bannister
(Former British Athlete Who Ran The First Sub-Four-Minute Mile)

23 March 1929

British

Jack BuckJack Buck
(Sportscaster)

21 August 1924

American

James RooseveltJames Roosevelt
(United States Congressman, US Military Officer, Businessman)

23 December 1907

American

John LindsayJohn Lindsay
(Politician, Former Mayor of New York City)

24 November 1921

American

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Salvador DaliSalvador Dali
(Surrealist Painter)

11 May 1904

Spanish

Edward WestonEdward Weston
(Photographer)

24 March 1886

American

George Roy HillGeorge Roy Hill
(Film Director)

20 December 1921

American

Giulio NattaGiulio Natta
(Chemist)

25 February 1903

Italian

Owen ChamberlainOwen Chamberlain
(Physicist)

10 July 1920

American

Alfred DoblinAlfred Doblin
(Writer, Doctor)

10 August 1878

German

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Alan John Percival TaylorAlan John Percival Taylor
(Historian)

25 March 1906

British

James DoohanJames Doohan
(Screenwriter, Television actor, Film actor, Actor, Novelist, Science fiction writer)

03 March 1920

Canadian

Pauline KaelPauline Kael
(Film critic, Writer, Journalist)

19 June 1919

American

Gunther von HagensGunther von Hagens
(Anatomist, Sculptor, Inventor, University teacher)

10 January 1945

German

Anna NeagleAnna Neagle
(Actor, Singer, Musician)

20 October 1904

British

Margaret Bourke-WhiteMargaret Bourke-White
(Photographer, War photographer, Photojournalist, Journalist)

14 June 1904

American

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A. J. P. TaylorA. J. P. Taylor
(Historian of the modern age, University teacher, Journalist)

25 March 1906

British

Walter SisuluWalter Sisulu
(Politician)

18 May 1912

South African

Ferdy MayneFerdy Mayne
(Actor)

11 March 1916

German

Erland JosephsonErland Josephson
(Film director, Writer, Screenwriter, Stage actor, Film actor, Director)

15 June 1923

Swedish

Jansher KhanJansher Khan
(Squash player)

15 June 1969

Pakistani

Ba JinBa Jin
(Writer, Translator, Esperantist, Autobiographer, Children's writer)

25 November 1904

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John WalkerJohn Walker
(software developer, engineer, computer scientist)

1949 AD

American

Carlo Maria MartiniCarlo Maria Martini
(theologian, writer, cleric, university teacher)

15 February 1927

Italian

Freddie RoachFreddie Roach
(boxer, boxing trainer)

05 March 1961

American

Dean JonesDean Jones
(cricketer)

24 March 1961

Australian