Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963954 | Print ISBN: 9781412959087 | Online ISBN: 9781412963954| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Michael J. Fox Foundation
Michèle R. Davidson
THE MICHAEL J. FOX Foundation, which was founded in 2000, is named after the actor, who won fame in the 1980s for his role on the hit U.S. television show Family Ties , in which he played Alex Keaton, a boy genius. The foundation itself was founded by the actor after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Fox's fame evolved as he moved to the big screen in the mid-1980s with his role in the Back to the Future series, running from 1985 to 1990. Fox did several films in the 1990s before returning to the television screen in the hit series Spin City (1996–2001). It was during the filming of Spin City , in 1998, that it was revealed that Fox was suffering from Parkinson's disease. Before revealing his illness, Fox had first undergone an experimental brain surgery after being diagnosed with the illness in 1991. He first showed ...