Comic Actor Diagnosed With Parkinson’s Disease

Comic Actor Diagnosed With Parkinson's Disease

( – Richard Lewis has worked as a comedian and actor since the 1970s. He has starred in a number of movies and the wildly popular HBO show “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Recently, the actor announced he’d received an unfortunate medical diagnosis.

On April 23, Lewis told his fans that he’d just wrapped season 12 of “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” He praised the season, saying it was “amazing.” He went on to say that he’s had a “rocky time” for the last few years. He explained that three and a half years ago, he was doing a stand-up comedy tour when he decided one day that he was going to stop.

Lewis said that after nearly 50 years, he was at the top of his game, and he felt good about retiring. Suddenly, the comedian said, “Out of the blue, [expletive] hit the fan.” He had four surgeries in a row. Then two years ago, he noticed he was “walking a little stiffly,” and he was “shuffling” his feet. So, he went to see a neurologist and underwent a brain scan. The doctors then diagnosed him with Parkinson’s disease.

The actor said that he was lucky because he was diagnosed late in life. That means he will progress slowly, and he’s “on the right meds.” Moving forward, he will remain retired from stand-up but will continue acting and writing.

Lewis isn’t the only actor who has the degenerative disease. Alan Alda, who played Captain Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce in “M*A*S*H,” among other things, also has the disease. Like Lewis, he was diagnosed later in life. Michael J. Fox, the “Back to the Future” actor, has dealt with it for decades. He disclosed his diagnosis to the public in 1991 when he was just 29 years old. In response, he launched The Michael J. Fox Foundation in 2000. He retired from acting in 2020.

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