Michael J. Fox is one of the most iconic actors around, but in his new memoir, he writes that his acting days may be behind him due to Parkinson’s Disease.
In his new book, No Time Like The Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality, the Back To The Future star discusses his health and the progression of the disease: “There is a time for everything, and my time of putting in a twelve-hour workday, and memorizing seven pages of dialogue, is best behind me… At least for now”
He continues: “I enter a second retirement. That could change, because everything changes. But if this is the end of my acting career, so be it.”
He first received his diagnosis more than thirty years ago in 1991 when he was just 29 years old.
Michael had already become a household name at that point after starring in BTTF , The Secret of My Success, Teen Wolf and more.
He continued to work despite the Parkinson’s diagnosis and he went on to win multiple awards and appearing in For Love or Money, Stuart Little, and Spin City.
That’s not to say it didn’t cause issues for him though, Fox suspects his illness might be why NBC only picked up one season of his 2013 sitcom, The Michael J. Fox Show. “I think Parkinson’s freaked them out, which was problematic, because it was the premise of the show” but admitted he didn’t have “the focus or the bandwidth to administer the life support the show would need to make it. That’s on me, and I’m fine with that.”
Speaking on Good Morning America earlier this week he said that Parkinson’s Disease “takes up the space it takes, and it left me room to do other things and thrive and golf and have friendships and travel”.
There was a film that Michael credits with helping him accept his decision: Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood.
He recalls: “DiCaprio, playing a cowboy actor who’s seen better days, keeps screwing up his lines. Furious at himself over his chronic inability to remember and deliver the dialogue… berates himself viciously over his abject failure. I feel his pain. I’ve obviously been there.”
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