Michael J. Fox portrays his illness in a series for NBC

Michael J. Fox portrays his illness in a series for NBC

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You already know him for his role as Marty Mc Fly in the “Back to the Future” trilogy or for his role as Mike Flaherty in the outstanding series “Spin City”. But did you know that Michael J. Fox had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease for more than 20 years? A disease that will play a central role in his new series.

After having had to give up leading roles in TV series for more than ten years, Michael J. Fox will return to the spotlight this fall on NBC. He will play Mike Burnaby, a former TV star diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, who returns to the studio during a moment of relief.

The synopsis of this new series, entitled “The Michael J. Fox Show”, is inspired by the personal story of Michael J. Fox, who has been battling Parkinson’s disease for more than 20 years and who has gradually been reducing his appearances on TV.

A long-awaited comeback

His return to the small screen has been eagerly awaited by fans and critics alike. The series which will deal with Parkinson’s disease in a humorous way will air on Thursday evening at 9 pm on NBC. Competition for Michael J. Fox‘s show is already looking fierce as CBS will be scheduling its new comedy “The Crazy One” starring Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar at the same time slot.

Michael J Fox: an exceptional case

Usually diagnosed between the ages of 45 and 70, Parkinson’s disease was triggered in Michael J. Fox at the age of 30 while he was shooting the movie “Doc Hollywood”. Parkinson’s disease, which very often has unknown causes, is a disease that affects neurons located at the base of the brain and which are essential to control body movements.

In order to further promote research on this disease, Michael J. Fox created the “The Michael J. Fox Foundation” in 2000. To date, more than 325 million donations have been collected by his organization.

En savoir plus sur la maladie de Parkinson


  1. Fondation de Michael J. Fox
  2. Association France Parkinson

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