Parkinson's disease affects everyday people and actors, politicians, sports figures and authors alike. Famous people diagnosed with Parkinson's disease are actors Vincent Price, Jim Backus, Whit Bissell, Mary Jackson, Deborah Kerr, Sir Michael Redgrave and Michael J. Fox. Michael J. Fox is the author of Lucky Man (2000), which tells of his experiences with Parkinson's disease and how it affected his career and family. He established The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
to develop a cure for Parkinson's disease.
Other famous people diagnosed with Parkinson's disease are cartoonist Charles Schulz, boxer Muhammad Ali, evangelist Billy Graham, basketball player Brian Grant, Attorney General Janet Reno, boxer Freddie Roach, singer / musician Maurice White, novelist Nathan Heard, author Chester Himes, Pope John Paul II and American War Hero & WWII Veteran Richard Winters. The HBO Miniseries and novel "Band of Brothers" was based on Richard Winter's wartime experience.