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Michael J. FoxMICHAEL J. Fox says Parkinson’s has made him “a better husband, father and overall human being”.

The Back to the Future star claims the debilitating disease — which he was diagnosed with aged just 29 — initially made him “hit rock bottom”, but after he got over his initial shock he was inspired by the illness.

“Life delivered me a catastrophe, but I found a richness of soul. I owe it to Parkinson’s, no doubt about that,” he said.

“I’d been drinking too much and cruising along the fast lane before that, but the diagnosis made me an even bigger idiot.

“My boozing, the subsequent depression, and my increasing pain isolated me from my wife Tracy and my son, Sam Michael. I hit rock bottom.

“And so I turned myself around. In fact, Parkinson’s has made me a better person. A better husband, father and overall human being.”

Symptoms of the movement disorder include involuntary muscle tremors and shaking, stiffness in limbs and either slow movement or an inability to move are frequent, affecting how sufferers’ walk and often their speech. (And loads more stuff that you actually would not believe.)

Michael — who also starred in a number of hit 80s film hits including Teen Wolf and Doc Hollywood — was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1990, but continued to work and didn’t make his illness public until 1998. His defining career moment remains his performance as Marty McFly in the Back to the Future trilogy, however, and he looks back fondly on the original film.

“On any given night I can find the movie on somewhere — I used to flick it off. Now I’ll stop and watch for ten or 15 minutes, not with any kind of nostalgia, but purely to check it out,” he said.

“For one thing, it made me really famous. I can’t think of a single negative thing about it. It changed my life and opened up so many opportunities for me and I’m forever grateful.

“People still love it and their eyes light up. I’ve been to Asia, Africa, Europe and just last week Thailand, and people still talk about the movie.”[imagebrowser id=799]


  • Karen

    Bless Him ! He’s Wonderful !

  • Andrew

    Hubris may be a co-existent aspect, an inhering aspect of youth and robust health, at least in most of us.

  • literati

    Goodwife performance was excellent.

  • het

    He hasn’t even done half of what we see the so-called stars do today. If that changed him for the better, then good for him.

  • big fan

    God Bless him and his family and anyone’s family that has someone with PD.

  • PD

    Parkinson’s is an awful disease, it isn’t just shaking and slowness of movement. I saw it cripple and kill my fther, and it was devastating. It robs you of all dignity and all ability to take care of yourself. I will rejoice for all the PD sufferers when they find a cure.

  • Child of God

    Thank you Michael for a wonderful performance on The Good Wife. I was told I am developing Parkinson’s a week ago. I am not afraid of this disease as I have the Lord as my savior to get me throuhg it. I admire your ability to give that awesome smile. Btw, I named my son after you and your Family Ties family dad’s stage name. Once again, God bless you and your loved ones. Happy Holidays…

    • PD

      C.O.G., hopefully you are not already taking Sinemet for your PD, the drug is worse than the help it provides! DO NOT take that drug or any variation of it until you absolutely need to. I saw what it did to my dad, and know plenty about its addictive nature and the side effects. God bless you on your path, PD needn’t destroy your life if you take care of yourself!