(The Herald Post) – Michael J. Fox, the iconic actor of ‘Back To The Future’ fame, opens up about his decades-long battle with Parkinson’s disease in a new documentary, ‘Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie.’ In the Apple TV Plus project, the 61-year-old actor shares his journey, from hiding his diagnosis to becoming a fierce advocate for Parkinson’s awareness and research.
Fox was diagnosed with the progressive brain disorder in 1991, just three years after marrying ‘Family Ties’ actress Tracey Pollan. He revealed her touching reaction to the news in the documentary, recounting her whispering “In sickness and in health” – a testament to their strong bond.
The actor, who is also known for his role in ‘Doc Hollywood,’ discussed the challenges he faced in keeping his diagnosis a secret for years. He eventually realized the importance of embracing his condition and continuing his life and career, stating, “To deny that part of me, that wants to continue to go on and do things is to quit.
At a screening of the documentary during the South by Southwest Film Festival, Fox was asked about his efforts to raise awareness for Parkinson’s disease. He responded with determination, saying, “This is it. I have to give everything I have, and it’s not lip service. I show up and do the best I can.” The actor emphasized the importance of learning from the experience and moving forward, rather than succumbing to self-pity.