Famous People With Parkinson's Disease

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
(Greatest Heavyweight Boxer of All Time)

Muhammad Ali
78
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
21
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
16
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
15
Birthdate: November 24, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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 5 
Deng Xiaoping
(Politician)

Deng Xiaoping
17
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 22, 1904
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Guang'an, China
Died: February 19, 1997

 6 

Bob Hoskins
4
Birthdate: October 26, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bury St Edmunds, West Suffolk, England
Died: April 29, 2014
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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 7 
Samuel Beckett
(Best Known for HIs Play 'Waiting for Godot' and 'Endgame')

Samuel Beckett
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 13, 1906
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Foxrock, Ireland
Died: December 22, 1989
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 8 
Deborah Kerr
(Actress)

Deborah Kerr
2
Birthdate: September 30, 1921
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Died: October 16, 2007
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 9 
Mao Zedong
(Communist Leader of China)

Mao Zedong
48
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 26, 1893
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shaoshan, Xiangtan, China
Died: September 9, 1976

 10 
George H. W. Bush
(President of the United States (1989-93))

George H. W. Bush
43
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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 11 

Vincent Price
2
Birthdate: May 27, 1911
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: October 25, 1993

 12 
Richard Benjamin Harrison
(Businessman, TV Personality)

Richard Benjamin Harrison
11
Birthdate: March 4, 1941
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Danville, Virginia, United States
Died: June 25, 2018
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

Enoch Powell
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 16, 1912
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Birmingham
Died: February 8, 1998

 14 
Jim Backus
(Actor)

Jim Backus
4
Birthdate: February 25, 1913
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: July 3, 1989
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 15 
James Doohan
(Screenwriter, Television actor, Film actor, Actor, Novelist, Science fiction writer)

James Doohan
4
Birthdate: March 3, 1920
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vancouver
Died: July 20, 2005
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 16 
Howard Cosell
(Journalist)

Howard Cosell
6
Birthdate: March 25, 1918
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Winston-Salem
Died: April 23, 1995

 17 
Leo Fender
(Inventor)

Leo Fender
2
Birthdate: August 10, 1909
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Anaheim, California, United States
Died: March 21, 1991

 18 
Billy Graham
(Evangelist)

Billy Graham
29
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 7, 1918
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Died: February 21, 2018

 19 

Terry-Thomas
1
Birthdate: July 14, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England
Died: January 8, 1990
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 20 
Dean Malenko
(Wrestler)

Dean Malenko
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 4, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Irvington, New Jersey, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 21 

Henry Gibson
2
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
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 13, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Forksville, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: January 28, 1991
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 23 
Margaret Bourke-White
(Photographer, War photographer, Photojournalist, Journalist)

Margaret Bourke-White
0
Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: June 14, 1904
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City
Died: August 27, 1971

 24 
Francisco Franco
(Former Caudillo of Spain)

Francisco Franco
23
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 4, 1892
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ferrol, Spain
Died: November 20, 1975
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 25 
Chespirito
(Actor)

Chespirito
0
Birthdate: February 21, 1929
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Died: November 28, 2014
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 26 

Kenneth More
1
Birthdate: September 20, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, England
Died: July 12, 1982
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 27 
Mitzi Shore
(Co-founder and owner of The Comedy Store)

Mitzi Shore
3
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: July 25, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Marinette, Wisconsin, United States
Died: April 11, 2018

 28 
John Lindsay
(Mayor of New York City (1966-73))

John Lindsay
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 24, 1921
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: December 19, 2000

 29 

Frank Kelly
0
Birthdate: December 28, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Blackrock, Dublin, Ireland
Died: February 28, 2016

 30 
George Wallace
(45th governor of Alabama, Politician)

George Wallace
13
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 25, 1919
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Clio, Alabama, United States
Died: September 13, 1998

 31 
Dean Jones
(cricketer)

Dean Jones
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 24, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Coburg

 32 

M.F.K. Fisher
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 3, 1908
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Albion, Michigan, United States
Died: June 22, 1992

 33 
Anna Neagle
(Actress)

Anna Neagle
1
Birthdate: October 20, 1904
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Forest Gate, Essex, Englan
Died: June 3, 1986
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 34 

Wilhelm Kempff
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 25, 1895
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jüterbog, Germany
Died: May 23, 1991

 35 

John Betjeman
1
Birthdate: August 28, 1906
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: May 19, 1984

 36 
Walter Sisulu
(Activist)

Walter Sisulu
4
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: May 18, 1912
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ngcobo, South Africa
Died: May 5, 2003

 37 
Dean Jones
(Actor)

Dean Jones
4
Birthdate: January 25, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Decatur, Alabama, United States
Died: September 1, 2015
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 38 

Peter Thomson
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 23, 1929
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Died: June 20, 2018

 39 
Eugene McCarthy
(Politician)

Eugene McCarthy
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 29, 1916
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Watkins
Died: December 10, 2005

 40 
Theodore Hall
(Physicist)

Theodore Hall
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 20, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, United States
Died: November 1, 1999

 41 
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

 42 
Alex Band
(Singer-Songwriter)

Alex Band
0
Birthdate: June 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 43 
Benny Mardones
(pop/rock singer and songwriter noted for his hit single)

Benny Mardones
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 9, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: June 29, 2020

 44 
Kurt Masur
(Conductor)

Kurt Masur
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 18, 1927
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brzeg, Poland
Died: December 19, 2015

 45 
James Roosevelt
(United States Congressman, US Military Officer, Businessman)

James Roosevelt
2
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: December 23, 1907
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Died: August 13, 1991

 46 
Gunther von Hagens
(Anatomist who invented the technique for preserving biological tissue specimens called plastination)

Gunther von Hagens
0
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: January 10, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Alt-Skalden, Reichsgau Wartheland, Germany

Saud bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 2, 1940
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Taif, Saudi Arabia
Died: July 9, 2015

 48 

Alan John Percival Taylor
1
Birthdate: March 25, 1906
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Southport, England
Died: September 7, 1990

 49 
Gunnar Myrdal
(Swedish economist & sociologist. who received the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.)

Gunnar Myrdal
0
Birthdate: December 6, 1898
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Skattungbyn, Sweden
Died: May 17, 1987

 50 

Frankie Randall
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 25, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Died: December 23, 2020
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)