As the iconic television series MAS*H commemorates its 50th anniversary, veteran actor Alan Alda takes a moment to reflect on the enduring legacy of the beloved show. Despite facing health challenges, Alda, now 86, remains as active and engaged as ever since his diagnosis with Parkinson’s disease in 2015.

In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE magazine for this week’s issue, Alda delves into his memories of MAS*H, the groundbreaking comedy-drama that captivated audiences worldwide. The series, set against the backdrop of the Korean War, followed the lives of a team of American doctors and support staff stationed in South Korea. Its final episode, after an eleven-season run, still holds the record as the most-watched TV finale of all time, drawing over 100 million viewers.

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Despite the passage of time, Alda’s connection to MASH remains strong. In the interview, he shares insights into his health journey since the Parkinson’s diagnosis and his active post-MASH endeavors. Alda currently hosts the popular podcast Clear + Vivid, where he engages in meaningful conversations with a diverse range of guests.

Looking ahead, Alda reflects on his hopes for his legacy, both as an actor and as a person. Through his work on and off the screen, he continues to inspire and entertain audiences, leaving an indelible mark on the world of entertainment and beyond.

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