It all started in 1991, when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease when he was only 29 years old. This disease gradually affects different areas of the brain, and among its visible signs are problems with movement and striking the balance. Since then, the actor has been marked by various illnesses.
One of the worst years of his life was 2018. At that time, he underwent surgery for a benign tumor of the mossy tissue, which was in no way related to Parkinson’s disease, but first, during the rehabilitation team, he fell in the kitchen and unfortunately broke his upper leg.
As he stated in an interview for Town & Country magazine, today this injury seems like a small thing to him. Since then, he has also broken his other hand, shoulder and hand, which I subsequently lost due to infection, and split his supraclavicular bone.
In the same interview, he mentioned that he used to be afraid of death. If I could do it tomorrow, it would definitely be a pain in the butt. So no, don’t worry, k.
The only fear he has, according to his words, is that it would somehow endanger his family, model Tracy Pollanová, and their descendants. You don’t die of Parkinson’s, you die with it. I’m so sure that the 80s probably won’t last, he said.
Due to his symptoms, including five feet, impaired movement and coordination, and muscle stiffness, he definitively gave up his acting career in 2020. He first spoke about his diagnosis in 1998, and since then he has been engaged in philanthropy and through his foundation supports efforts to find a cure for this disease. He financed it with more than a billion dollars, making him the world’s most important supporter of this research.