If you have seen any 80s movie or particular Marty McFly, you have heard of Michael J. Fox. He was a hit on the big screen throughout the 80s and 90s and now is the face of spreading awareness about Parkinson’s Disease. Not only has he been a success throughout Hollywood, but his foundation and his fame have also helped spread awareness and funding for research into the disease.
Michael J. Fox was born in Edmonton, Alberta, in 1961, eventually moving to the British Columbia town of Vancouver. He started in school but then took to acting and eventually was recruited to act in the Canadian Television series Leo and Me, finally moving to LA to pursue his acting career at 18.
Fox is a retired Candian-American actor as well as an author, film producer, and activist. Before he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, he began his career in 1970 in an NBC sitcom, and through his success on TV, he was recruited to portray the time-traveling teen Marty McFly from 1985 to 1990. Aside from his most significant hit in the Back To The Future series, he starred in many movies, including; Teen Wolf, The Secret of My Success, Casualties of War, and The Frighteners.
In the year 1993, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, but through his portrayal of rebellious teen Marty McFly, he wouldn’t let this disease stop him from conquering many more roles on the big screen. Through his vast roles across most television shows, after his public announcement in 1998, Fox became a direct advocate for researching to find a cure for the illness and creating the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Through his time with the disease, he continued to act, and in 2010 received an honorary doctorate from the Karolinska Institute.
This disease is one for many years that has had little research, yet its effects on individuals range of great variety, as there is no current cure. The disease is a progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement and tremors, rigid muscles, impaired posture, loss of automatic trends, speech changes, and writing changes. It is quite a severe disease as it progressively gets worse over time. This led Fox to depression and heavy drinking to more aggressive symptoms, but he perceived and became an advocating voice for the community searching for a cure.
Michael J. Fox Foundation
Since the start of Fox’s foundation, USD 1 billion has been raised to find both a cure and remedies to assist individuals with the disease. Not only has Fox’s efforts change the way society has looked at Parkinson’s Disease, creating a community, funding research, and his most significant accomplishment searching for the cure with the efforts of millions behind him.