The 61-year-old actor Michael J. Fox has become the charming, self-deprecating face of Parkinson’s disease for a lot of people. He’s been discussing his condition lately while promoting a documentary about his life called “Still.”
Fox, who also starred in “Back to the Future,” “Doc Hollywood,” “Spin City” and “Family Ties,” spoke frankly in an interview with CBS. “I recognize how hard this is for people, and I recognize how hard it is for me, but I have a certain set of skills that allow me to deal with this stuff,” Fox said. “And I realize, with gratitude, optimism is sustainable.”
Gonzalo Revuelta, D.O., directs the Murray Center for Research in Parkinson’s Disease and Related Disorders at the Medical University of South Carolina. “Michael J. Fox has been amazing as far as establishing his foundation and raising funds. He’s been inspirational,” Revuelta said.