Michael J Fox has been one of the most admired actors in Hollywood, but he is no longer doing well after being diagnosed with the Parkinson disease.
Michael J. Fox will always be remembered as Marty McFly from the ‘Back to the Future’ films. He was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson disease in 1991 and has been battling it ever since. For those who are unaware, Parkinson’s disease is presently incurable, but individuals like Michael J. Fox are leading the charge to discover a treatment.
Michael J Fox Discusses About His Fight With Parkinson Disease
His charity has done significant work in the hunt for a cure, but Fox believes the condition is slowly devouring him. A sample from a recent interview that will broadcast on CBS Sunday Morning reveals Michael pondering about his final moments.
Actor Michael J. Fox, 61, was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s disease in 1991 when he was just 29. Fox tells Jane Pauley that dealing with the incurable disease is getting more challenging, and he can’t imagine living until he’s 80. More this ‘Sunday Morning.’ pic.twitter.com/hE7KeTiDUi
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Fox stated that his life is structured in a way that allows him to carry Parkinson’s with him if necessary. He believes that one does not die from Parkinson’s, but with it, and has been contemplating the disease’s mortality. He does not expect to reach the age of 80 and is interested in the concept of a biomarker that can identify the disease before its onset.
When he received his diagnosis, he had only a slight twitch in his pinky, but with the biomarker, the disease can be detected at an early stage, and its progression can be slowed, and potentially cured. Fox admits that his condition is becoming more challenging each day, but he accepts it as a part of his reality.
“My life is set up so…I can pack Parkinson’s along with me if I have to. You don’t die from Parkinson’s. You die with Parkinson’s. I’ve been thinking about the mortality of it… I’m not gonna be 80. The idea of a biomarker… a way to identify the disease before the disease is present. By the time I was diagnosed, I had a little twitch in my pinky but…with this, we can identify the disease really early and help progression and essentially cure ahead of the game. I’m not going to lie, it’s getting hard, it’s getting harder. Every day is tougher. But, but that’s – that’s the way it is.”
Fox is best known for his portrayal as Marty McFly in the critically and commercially successful Back to the Future film trilogy (1985-1990).
Michael J Fox’s life expectancy, not reaching 80 years old, means he has less than two decades left to live, which is a tragic realization for everyone. While we know that mortality is inevitable, losing someone prematurely carries a unique weight. Additionally, Fox portrayed an unforgettable character in movie history.
His portrayal of Marty McFly is as iconic as other beloved science fiction and fantasy characters, like Indiana Jones, Luke Skywalker, and Jack Sparrow. These actors were born to play these roles and will always be remembered.
Fox has appeared in various projects after returning from mid-show retirement, including Spin City creator Bill Lawrence’s Scrubs, Rescue Me, The Good Wife, The Good Fight, and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Following that, he starred in his own NBC sitcom, The Michael J Fox Show, which was canceled after one season due to low ratings despite favorable reviews. Fox eventually announced his retirement in 2020.