Newsletter June 2011 – The Faces of US Immigrants: Michael J. Fox, Actor and Activist

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The Faces of US Immigrants: Michael J. Fox, Actor and Activist

Michael J. Fox is a Canadian–American actor, author, comedian, producer, activist and voice-over artist, who was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on June 9, 1961. His film and television career has spanned from he 1980’s, which included roles such as Marty McFly from the Back to the Future trilogy (1985–1990); Alex P. Keaton in Family Ties (1982-1989) for which he won three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award; and Mike Flaherty from Spin City (1996–2000), for which he won an Emmy, three Golden Globes, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Mr. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991, and semi-retired from acting in 2000 as symptoms of the disease became worse. He has become an activist towards finding a cure for the disease, creating the The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, and on March 5, 2010, Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet gave him a honoris causa doctorate for his work in advocating a cure for Parkinson’s disease.

Since 2000 Fox has mainly worked as a voice over actor in films such as Stuart Little and Atlantis: The Lost Empire, and has appeared in minor roles on TV on shows such as Boston Legal and Scrubs. He has also written three books, Lucky Man: A Memoir (2002), Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist (2009) and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future: Twists and Turns and Lessons Learned (2010). On May 27, 2011, he was inducted as an Officer of the Order of Canada for his outreach and fundraising work.

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