Scottish comedian Billy Connolly is the latest celebrity to announce that he suffering from Parkinson’s, joining Michael J. Fox, Bob Hoskins, and Linda Ronstadt, etc (see http://www.examiner.com/article/linda-ronstadt-shocked-by-parkinson-diag...) in their battle against the disease. the "initial symptoms" of Parkinson's disease while recently undergoing surgery for prostate cancer.
The 70-year-old actor and stand-up comic known for his work opposite Judi Dench in the 1997 movie "Mrs. Brown," as well as “Indecent Proposal,” “The Man Who Sued God,” "The Hobbit" films as the great dwarf warrior Dain Ironfoot, "Brave," and 2012’s "Quartet," etc., was diagnosed while undergoing prostate cancer surgery in the US."
Born William "Billy" Connolly, Jr., was born November 24, 1942, in Anderston, Glascow, and is known by the nickname of “The Big Yin” ('The Big One') in his native Scotland. During his twenties he worked as a boilermaker in the Glascow shipyards, giving it up to become a folk singer in the Humblebums and subsequently as a soloist before making the transition to comedian/actor in the early 1970s.
He currently reported that his prostate surgery was “a total success,” and that he has fully recovered from the operation.” He also released a statement saying he is already undergoing treatment for his Parkinson’s and that he has been assured by his doctors that it “will in no way inhibit or affect his ability to work.” In fact, he has is already slated to begin filming a new TV series soon and has plans to go on “ an extensive theatrical tour of New Zealand in the new year."
Parkinson's disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system, resulting from the death of dopamine-generating cells in the substantia nigra, a region of the midbrain. Early symptoms include uncontrollable shaking, rigidity, and difficulty walking. As it progresses many people have trouble concentrating and thinking,with dementia oftren developing during advanced stages of the disease.
For more information about the disease contact the American Parkinson Disease Association, 135 Parkinson Ave., Staten Island, NY 10305 800 223-2732/718 981-8001.