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Michael J Fox

Award-winning actor; author; activist

Michael J. Fox

Michael J. Fox is an award-winning actor, author, and activist. Following his debut as a professional actor, Mr. Fox rose to prominence in his role as Alex P. Keaton on NBC's Family Ties. During his seven years on the show, he earned three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe, making him one of America’s most prominent young actors.

Mr. Fox has appeared in over a dozen feature films, including the Back to the Future trilogy, The Hard Way, The Secret of My Success, Casualties of War, and The Frighteners. He has received several awards for his acting accomplishments, including the 2011 Hoerzu Magazine Golden Camera Award and the 2010 National Association of Broadcasters Distinguished Service Award.

Mr. Fox is the author of four The New York Times bestsellers, including his most recent memoir, No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality (2020), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future (2010), Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist (2009) and Lucky Man (2002).

In 1991, Mr. Fox was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson's disease at age 29. Upon disclosing his condition in 1998, he committed himself to the campaign for Parkinson's research, launching The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (the Foundation) in 2000. The largest nonprofit funder of Parkinson’s drug development in the world today, the Foundation has galvanized the search for a cure for Parkinson’s disease, and Mr. Fox is widely admired for his tireless work as a patient advocate. He has received numerous humanitarian awards for his work and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2010.

He holds honorary degrees from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, New York University, Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the University of British Columbia.