HOLLYWOOD—Golden Globe award-winning actor, Michael J. Fox, will be returning to television in a new NBC show inspired by his own life and battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Fox, 51, has reportedly stated that it would be nearly impossible for him to not include his disease into the role that he is playing, however, the show is only inspired by his life and is by no means an exact depiction.
Fox, who was diagnosed with the disease in 1991, has been diligently working with his charity, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s. He even testified in front of the Senate Approbations Subcommittee in favor of promoting Parkinson’s research through various methods including stem-cell research. His address was controversial considering he spoke in front of the committee without the use of his medication, in order to show the battle that he and many others face everyday.
Michael J. Fox. Photo courtesy of Facebook.
In his book, “Lucky Man,” he addresses his decision and states, ”it seemed to me that this occasion demanded that my testimony about the effects of the disease, and the urgency we as a community were feeling, be seen as well as heard. For people who had never observed me in this kind of shape, the transformation must have been startling.”
This will be Fox’s first return to television since he left the hit ABC show “
City” in 2001, after publicly opening up about suffering from Parkinson’s in 1999.
Since leaving “
City,” Fox has mostly taken on voice-over roles in films including “Stuart Little” and “Atlantis: The Lost Empire.” He is best known for his breakout role in NBC’s show “Family Ties,” and later film roles in the “Back to the Future” trilogy and “Casualties of War.”