‘Dirty Dancing’ star says he’s in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease


— The star of “Dirty Dance” and “American Dad!” says he has suffered from Parkinson’s for more than 20 years and that he’s “on the verge of dementia.”

“I don’t want to go into too much detail,” the 46-year-old actor, who was born Michael Scott, told reporters Friday during an appearance at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in Bethesda, Maryland.

“But I have Parkinson’s, and I’m very aware of the symptoms,” he said.

“So, I don’t feel good.”

The news comes a day after the Hollywood Reporter reported that Scott had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and would be spending the next few months at a rehabilitation facility.

Scott said he has been taking anti-inflammatory drugs for months and had received the first round of the drug, and he said he was optimistic about his recovery.

He said he doesn’t know if he would still be a “dancing star” in the near future.

“I’m not sure what’s going to happen,” Scott said.

When asked about whether he would pursue other acting roles, Scott said he is looking forward to having a new family.

Dancing legend, comedian, and actor Dolly Parton, who died last month, was also diagnosed with the disease.

ABC News’ Michael Fusco contributed to this report.