Michael J. Fox Returns to Retirement



According to parkinson.org, “More than 10 million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s disease.” Michael J. Fox, a Canadian-American retired actor, author, film producer, and activist, is one of these people. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991 at the age of 29 after showing symptoms while shooting the film, Doc Hollywood (michealjfox.org).


In 1998, Michael J. Fox went public with his diagnosis, and in 2000, announced his semi-retirement because his symptoms were worsening. As stated in consequenceofsound.net, “he did some voice acting in the interim (namely the Stuart Little series), he didn’t appear on screen again until four years later, when he played a doctor with OCD on Scrubs.” 


Also, after announcing his semi-retirement in 2000, he founded the Michael J. Fox Foundation to bring more awareness and research for Parkinson’s disease (michealjfox.org). According to mayoclinic.org, “Parkinson’s disease is a progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement.” Some of its symptoms include tremors, slow movement, rigid muscles, loss of automatic movements, speech changes, and writing changes. 


In the last few years, Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s disease got worse, and he has had more health issues, “including a 2018 surgery to remove a noncancerous tumor from his spine,” states cnn.com. Because of his Parkinson’s disease affecting his ability to memorize lines and causing other problems, Michael J. Fox stopped seeking work as an actor (filmdaily.co). 

His fourth memoir, “No Time Like The Future,” was published on November 17, 2020 and talks about his second retirement and his perspective of having Parkinson’s disease (today.com). According to cnn.com, Michael J. Fox writes, ‘“In fairness to myself and to producers, directors, editors, and poor beleaguered script supervisors, not to mention actors who enjoy a little pace, I enter a second retirement…’”