Perhaps Fox’s greatest role is that of father to the four children with his wife and one-time Family Ties co-star, Tracy Pollan. As a tribute to his family, he has voiced several characters in notable family films including: Homeward Bound, Stuart Little and Atlantis The Lost Empire.
A Return To The Small Screen:
Fox reunited with Family Ties creator Gary David Goldberg in 1996 for his role as deputy mayor Michael Flaherty in ABC’s Spin City. He won three Golden Globes for the role and one Emmy; adding to the three Emmy Awards and one Golden Globe he won for his portrayal of Alex P. Keaton in Family Ties.
Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1991 and went public in 1998. Since that time, he has been a tireless campaigner for awareness and increased Parkinson’s research. You can read more about his organization: The Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson’s Research HERE.
Though he retired from his full-time role on Spin City in 2000, Fox has continued to work in television, taking both comedic and dramatic turns in popular shows such as: Boston Legal, Scrubs and Rescue Me.
He is the author of two books, both of which express the same tone and attitude that he has lived his life with, and that has made him such a successful, well-liked, and in-demand actor. His 2002 memoir, Lucky Man, was a New York Times and national bestseller. He wrote a second book, entitled Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist, which debuted at number two on the New York Times bestseller list in March of 2009.
Take a look at this excerpt from Always Looking Up, which is so indicative of the man, his message, and his life:
At the turn from our bedroom into the hallway, there is an old full-length mirror in a wooden frame. I can’t help but catch a glimpse of myself as I pass. Turning fully toward the glass, I consider what I see. This reflected version of myself, wet, shaking, rumpled, pinched, and slightly stooped, would be alarming were it not for the self-satisfied expression pasted across my face. I would ask the obvious question, “What are you smiling about?,” but I already know the answer: “It just gets better from here.”
Whatever he does, Michael J. Fox leaves his audience feeling lighter for it. It’s a subtle gift, and also a powerful one. In keeping with honoring this man and his unique contributions to the world of entertainment, I leave you with this:
Sources: The New York Times And The Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson’s Research