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Michael J. Fox

"Aim high, focus your energies and color everything you do with a sense of urgency."

Portrait by Mark Seliger

How He Empowers Others

Born in Canada, Michael J. Fox is an award-winning television and film actor who has created characters audiences have fallen in love with:  Alex P. Keaton in Family Ties, Marty McFly in Back to the Future and Michael Flaherty in Spin City, to just name a few.

Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991 and shared the news with the public in 1998. Since then he has assumed the role of advocate, dedicating himself to bringing awareness to Parkinson's disease. In 2000 he founded The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, which has funded more than $126 million for Parkinson's research to date.

His best-selling 2002 autobiography, Lucky Man, has been translated into seven languages, and the audio version received a 2002 Grammy award nomination. He is currently at work on a second book, to be published by Hyperion in 2009. Fox remains in demand as an actor and in fall 2008 he will appear in several episodes of the FX network drama Rescue Me.

Fox is the husband of actress Tracy Pollan, father of four children, and in his spare time, a hockey fanatic.