Michael J. Fox

Parkinson's Activist | Celebrated Actor

Michael J. Fox has one of the best-known faces in Hollywood. In addition to being recognized as a star in dozens of blockbuster films and highly rated television series, Fox is also recognized worldwide as the face of Parkinson’s disease, a condition he has lived with since 1991. A committed activist and the founder of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Fox speaks passionately and publically about the disease, from the need for more scientific research into the condition and the need for more support for those coping with it.

Fox became a household name when he debuted as the conservative Alex P. Keaton on NBC’s enormously popular Family Ties (1982-89). During Fox’s seven years with the show, he earned three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe. He returned to television in 1996 with ABC’s Spin City, portraying Michael Flaherty, New York’s deputy mayor. Again, he won critical praise, garnering three Golden Globe Awards, one Emmy Award, three Emmy nominations, a GQ Man-of-the-Year Award (in the TV comedy category), a People’s Choice Award, and two SAG Awards.

While busy on TV, Fox also found time to become an international film star, appearing in over a dozen features showcasing his keen ability to shift between comedy and drama. These include the Back to the Future trilogy, The Hard Way, Doc Hollywood, The Secret of My Success, Bright Lights, Big City, Light of Day, Teen Wolf, Casualties of War, Life With Mikey, For Love or Money, The American President, Greedy, The Frighteners, and Mars Attacks!

Fox is also a bestselling author of four memoirs: Lucky Man; Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future: Twists and Turns and Lessons Learned, and, his most recent, No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality.