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Michael Fox

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Michael J. Fox

Actor, Author and Advocate; Founder, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research
Michael J. Fox

Michael J. Fox is an iconic actor, best-selling author and advocate whose Hollywood career has been marked by worldwide acclaim, honor and awards. He launched The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research in 2000 after publicly disclosing his 1991 diagnosis, at age 29, with Parkinson’s disease. Described by The New York Times as “the most credible voice on Parkinson’s disease research in the world,” the Foundation has funded more than $1.75 billion in Parkinson’s research programs to date.

Michael has spoken and written extensively about his predisposition to look at challenges, including his Parkinson's disease, through a lens of optimism and humor. Michael’s autobiography, Lucky Man, became a New York Times number one bestseller. He wrote three subsequent best-selling books: Always Looking Up; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future; and No Time Like the Future.

His many awards include five Emmys, four Golden Globes, one Grammy, two Screen Actors Guild awards and the People’s Choice award. In the fall of 2022, Michael J. Fox was presented with an honorary Oscar, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. A documentary film about Fox’s remarkable life was released by Apple TV+ in the spring of 2023.