Synopsis: List of well known and famous people who have or did have Parkinson's disease.
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that often impairs the sufferer's motor skills and speech.
Parkinson's disease belongs to a group of conditions called movement disorders. It is characterized by muscle rigidity, tremor, a slowing of physical movement and, in extreme cases, a loss of physical movement.
Estimated prevalence rates of depression vary widely according to the population sampled and methodology used. Reviews of depression estimate its occurrence in anywhere from 20-80% of cases.
There are currently no blood or laboratory tests that have been proven to help in diagnosing PD. Therefore the diagnosis is based on medical history and a neurological examination.
The disease can be difficult to diagnose accurately. Early signs and symptoms of PD may sometimes be dismissed as the effects of normal aging.
Parkinson's disease is a chronic disorder that requires broad-based management including patient and family education, support group services, general wellness maintenance, physiotherapy, exercise, and nutrition. At present, there is no cure for PD, but medications or surgery can provide relief from the symptoms.
List of Famous People Who Had or Have Parkinson's Disease
Albert J Whitlock
Barney Childs - (1909-2000) American composer and teacher.
Basil D'Oliveira - South African cricketer (1931-)
Boyi Bhimanna - Telugu poet (1911-2005)
Brockman Adams- American politician (1927-2004)
Carlos Antonio Gomes - Portuguese footballer (1932-2005)
Deng Xiaoping - Chinese politician (1904-1997)
Edward Winter - American actor (1937-2001)
Enoch Powell - British politician (1912-1998)
Eugene McCarthy - (1916-2005) American politician
Farnsworth Wright - American editor (1888-1940)
Ferdy Mayne - German actor (1916-1998)
Frederick "Freddie" Roach
George Coulouris - British actor (1903-1989)
George Roy Hill
Giulio Natta - Italian chemist (1903-1979)
Guy Kibbee - American actor (1882-1956)
Hans Ras - Dutch academic (1926-2003)
Jack Anderson - US newspaper columnist (1922-2005)
Jack Buck - American sportscaster (1924-2002)
Jeffrey Hamm - (1915-1994) British Fascist
Jimmy Knepper - American jazz trombonist (1927-2003)
Joe Pasternak - (1901-1991) American film director
Joseph M. McDade - former Congressman from NE Pennsylvania
Lane Evans - Member of the US House of Representatives (D - IL) (1951-)
Leonid Shamkovich - USSR Chess grandmaster (1923-2005)
Linda Maria Ronstadt
Margaret Bourke-White - American photographer (1904-1971)
Meldrim Thomson Jr. - (1912-2001) Republican Governor of New Hampshire
Mervyn Peake - British author (1911-1968)
Michael J. Fox - (born Michael Andrew Fox on June 9, 1961)
Michael Richard "Rich" Clifford
Muhammad Ali - (born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. on January 17, 1942)
Nathan Heard - American novelist (1937-2004)
Norman Panama - American writer - producer and director (1914-2003)
Pauline Kael - American film critic (1919-2001)
Pierre Elliott Trudeau
Pope John Paul II
Prince Claus - (1926-2002) - husband of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands
Roger Caron - Roger "Mad Dog" Caron
Salvador Dali- Spanish artist (1904-1989)
Sir Alec Issigonis (1906-1988) British car designer
Sir John Betjeman - KBE - British Poet Laureate (1906-1984)
Sir Michael Redgrave - British actor (1908-1985)
Steve Alten - American author
Ted Kroll - American golfer (1919 - 2002)
Tim Wall - Australian cricketer (1904-1981)
Walter Sisulu - South African freedom fighter (1912-2003)
Whit Bissell (1909-1996) American character actor
William Everson (1912-1994) - American poet
William Lawrence Boyd
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