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

Linda RonstadtLinda Ronstadt
15 July 1946, American
Singer, Songwriter, Musician

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

Mao ZedongMao Zedong
26 December 1893, Chinese
Communist Leader of China
Pope John Paul IIPope John Paul II
18 May 1920, Polish
The 264th Pope (Bishop of Rome)

Francisco FrancoFrancisco Franco
04 December 1892, Spanish
Dictator of Spain

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

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

Billy ConnollyBilly Connolly
24 November 1942, Scottish
Stand-up Comedian
Deng XiaopingDeng Xiaoping
22 August 1904, Chinese
 

George WallaceGeorge Wallace
25 August 1919, American
 

Casey KasemCasey Kasem
27 April 1932, American
Radio Jockey, Voice Actor
Richard Benjamin HarrisonRichard Benjamin Harrison
04 March 1941, American
Businessman, TV Personality

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

Roger BannisterRoger Bannister
23 March 1929, British
Former British Athlete Who Ran The First
Howard CosellHoward Cosell
25 March 1918, American
Journalist

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

Eugene McCarthyEugene McCarthy
29 March 1916, American
Politician

John LindsayJohn Lindsay
24 November 1921, American
Politician, Former Mayor of New York City

James RooseveltJames Roosevelt
23 December 1907, American
United States Congressman, US Military Officer,
Edward WestonEdward Weston
24 March 1886, American
Photographer
Salvador DaliSalvador Dali
11 May 1904, Spanish
Surrealist Painter

George Roy HillGeorge Roy Hill
20 December 1921, American
Film Director

Owen ChamberlainOwen Chamberlain
10 July 1920, American
Physicist

Giulio NattaGiulio Natta
25 February 1903, Italian
Chemist
Alfred DoblinAlfred Doblin
10 August 1878, German
Writer, Doctor

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Alan John Percival TaylorAlan John Percival Taylor
25 March 1906, British
Historian

Richard WintersRichard Winters
21 January 1918, American
Army officer

James DoohanJames Doohan
03 March 1920, Canadian
Screenwriter, Television actor, Film actor, Actor,

Jean ShepardJean Shepard
21 November 1933, American
Singer-Songwriter
Terry-ThomasTerry-Thomas
14 July 1911, British
Actor

Johnny IsaksonJohnny Isakson
28 December 1944, Georgian
Senator
Pauline KaelPauline Kael
19 June 1919, American
Film critic, Writer, Journalist

Anna NeagleAnna Neagle
20 October 1904, British
Actor, Singer, Musician

Margaret Bourke-WhiteMargaret Bourke-White
14 June 1904, American
Photographer, War photographer, Photojournalist,
Alex BandAlex Band
08 June 1981, American
Singer-Songwriter

Gunther von HagensGunther von Hagens
10 January 1945, German
Anatomist, Sculptor, Inventor, University teacher
A. J. P. TaylorA. J. P. Taylor
25 March 1906, British
Historian of the modern age, University teacher,

Theodore HallTheodore Hall
20 October 1925, American
Physicist

Lou GrozaLou Groza
25 January 1924, American
Football player

Walter SisuluWalter Sisulu
18 May 1912, South African
Politician

John J. McCloyJohn J. McCloy
31 March 1895, American
Diplomat
Roy InnisRoy Innis
06 June 1934, American
American activist

George CoulourisGeorge Coulouris
01 October 1903, British
Actor

Jansher KhanJansher Khan
15 June 1969, Pakistani
Squash player

Wilhelm KempffWilhelm Kempff
25 November 1895, German
Pianist
Chester HimesChester Himes
29 July 1909, American
Writer

Ferdy MayneFerdy Mayne
11 March 1916, German
Actor
Nicolás GuillénNicolás Guillén
10 July 1902, Cuban
Poet

Jimmy GiuffreJimmy Giuffre
26 April 1921, American
Clarinetist

Ba JinBa Jin
25 November 1904
Writer, Translator, Esperantist, Autobiographer,
Erland JosephsonErland Josephson
15 June 1923, Swedish
Film director, Writer, Screenwriter, Stage actor,

John WalkerJohn Walker
1949 AD, American
software developer, engineer, computer scientist
Carlo Maria MartiniCarlo Maria Martini
15 February 1927, Italian
theologian, writer, cleric, university teacher

Josefa IloiloJosefa Iloilo
29 December 1920, Fijian
Former President of Fiji

Malcolm Wilde BrowneMalcolm Wilde Browne
17 April 1931, American
Journalist
Dean JonesDean Jones
24 March 1961, Australian
cricketer

Freddie RoachFreddie Roach
05 March 1961, American
boxer, boxing trainer
M.F.K. FisherM.F.K. Fisher
03 July 1908, American
Writer

O.V. VijayanO.V. Vijayan
02 July 1930, Indian
Author

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