Back To The Future actor Michael J Fox, 61, is set to receive an honorary Academy Award for his humanitarian work to fight Parkinson’s Disease
Michael J Fox will receive an honorary Oscar award this fall.
The 61-year-old actor is set to receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for the work he has done for Parkinson’s disease research at the Governors Awards ceremony November 19 in Los Angeles.
The actor who first made a name for himself as Alex P Keaton in the popular sitcom Family Ties in the 1980s has never been nominated for an Academy Award, but he multiple awards nominations, and wins, including two Emmys.
Honorary Oscar: Michael J. Fox, 61, will be honored for his work to fight Parkinson’s disease at the Academy Awards Governors Awards ceremony in November; seen in 2021
The first was for Outstanding Lead Actor for his work as a the deputy mayor in the comedy Spin City, the second was for Outstanding Guest Actor for his turn as Dwight in the firefighter drama Rescue Me.
The native Canadian stepped into box office history as Marty McFly in three Back to the Future movies as a teen who travels backwards and forwards on the time space continuum in a 1981 DeLorean DMC-12.
The franchise has made nearly $1 billion worldwide since the first one was introduced in 1985.
History: The versatile actor helped make box office history as time traveling teen Marty McFly in the Back to the Future franchise. The three films have made nearly $1 billion worldwide
In 1998, the ratings winning actor went public with the news that he had been suffering with Parkinson’s disease, seven years after his diagnosis at age 30.
The disease affects the body’s nervous system and causes tremors, muscular rigidity and loss of balance. Medication can help control the symptoms but there is no cure.
The actor turned advocate launched the Michael J Fox Foundation in 2000 to help fund research for therapies and cures to treat the degenerative disorder. The organization has raised more than $1 billion dollars since its founding.
Diagnosis: Michael was announced he was suffering from Parkinson’s disease in 1998. The condition was incorporated into his character, Louis Canning, on The Good Wife; seen with Julianna Margulies
The writers of the Good Wife incorporated the diagnosis into the script when Michael made guest appearances as wily attorney Louis Canning in the legal drama. The portrayal earned Emmy nominations three years in a row.
He retired from acting in 2020, explaining that the Parkinson’s had begun to affect his ability to speak and his memory.
The actor did not forget his wife Tracy Pollan’s 62nd birthday. He took to Instagram Wednesday sharing a picture of the pair at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in France, writing ‘Beautiful @tracy.pollan… everybody’s happy on your birthday. Forever and ever. Love, Mikes’
Retired: The Spin City actor retired in 2020, but still continues to live life to the fullest. He took to Instagram Wednesday to wish his wife, Tracy Pollan, a happy 62nd birthday