After his diagnosis, Michael J. Fox (60) concealed Parkinson's disease for seven years in order not to jeopardize his career as an actor. To this day, he has not been influenced by his diagnosis as much as possible and works both in front of the camera and as a voice actor.
Michael J. Fox still works as an actor today
Michael J. Fox said in an interview with the American magazine Haute Living in 2016: "I realize now that I can play any-body, as long as they have Parkinson's." Like the role of "Louis Canning" in The Good Wife, which he played from 2010 to 2016. For the portrayal of the lawyer, who suffers from the condition dyskinesia, which can occur as a side effect of medication to treat Parkinson's. He was nominated five times for an Emmy for his role on the show.
Despite his strong will to live, Parkinson's disease affects the actor very much. As the Gala reported in 2016, he was no longer able to master most everyday tasks on his own. For example, he has a nurse who helps him shower, brush his teeth and dress.
In April 2018, there was a renewed concern for Michael J. Fox, who had to undergo spinal surgery. A spokesman for the actor confirmed this to People Magazine, but stressed that the successful operation had nothing to do with Fox's Parkinson's disease.
This is Michael J. Fox's personal antidote to Parkinson's disease
Michael J. Fox has taught the doctors who predicted that he would not be able to work ten years after the diagnosis that this is not the case. He has found the right way to deal with Parkinson's disease for him: Humour.
In an interview with AARP in March 2017, he joked about moments in his everyday life where he is controlled by his illness. "The thing that makes it hilarious to me is when I think someone else watching all this and thinking, 'Poor Michael can't even get the coffee - it's so sad!'", explains the 60-year-old.
A lot of sleep and meditation also help the popular actor, he revealed to Haute Living in 2016. He doesn't move at all during sleep and even while meditating he can suppress the illness: "Then my brain slows down enough that my body gets still."
Since his diagnosis became public, Michael J. Fox has been committed to Parkinson's research. In 2000, he founded the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research to find a cure for the illness. By the end of 2018, 800 million US dollars had already been collected.
Michael has been married to his wife Tracy Pollan since 1988 and together they have 4 children.