Thanks to his role as Marty McFly in the Back to the Future movie trilogy, Michael J. Fox will always have a place in cinematic history. But in recent years, the star has added an even more important role to his resume: activist. Famously, Fox has Parkinson’s disease, and he’s grown to become a leading voice in the fight against the debilitating condition. And the Emmy winner has been open about his experiences with Parkinson’s, too – even when it comes to the darker and more upsetting times that he’s endured.
Fox was handed the diagnosis of Parkinson’s all the way back in 1992, when he was just 31 years old. And since then, he’s become a zealous campaigner for both awareness of and a cure for the disorder. In 2000 he even established the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, and today the organization acts as the largest charitable source of funding for scientific investigation into the condition.