Michael J. Fox: ‘I don’t give a damn’ how my Parkinson’s looks

North Stars
April 3, 2012

When it comes to the symptoms of Parkinson's disease, Michael J. Fox says he no longer cares about hiding.

Although the 50-year-old "Back to the Future" star once tried to hide his battle with Parkinson's, Fox now reveals that he's proud to portray characters with neuro-degenerative diseases.

Since season two of "The Good Wife," Fox has had a recurring role on the CBS show as Louis Canning, a cynical lawyer who uses his own neurological disorder to his advantage, earning sympathy from juries and winning court cases.

"People ask me, 'Does it bother you when you shake in front of people?'" the Edmonton-born actor told Parade magazine in its latest issue. "No. It sometimes bothers me when I can't do what I want, but I don't give a damn how it looks."

Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 1991, at the height of his fame, after headlining the "Back to the Future" franchise and starring in "Family Ties" as young Republican Alex P. Keaton. For the sake of his career, Fox did not reveal he had the disorder until seven years later, when he was starring on the ABC sitcom "Spin City" and could no longer hide the symptoms.

"I thought, 'Oh my God, are people going to laugh at me if they know I'm sick? Can I still do my work?'" he said.

After leaving "Spin City," Fox took on mostly voice work in animated films such as "Stuart Little" and "Atlantis: The Lost Empire." But now that he is back on the small screen, Hollywood has welcomed him with open arms: The Canadian actor was nominated for his 12th Emmy last year for his guest stint on "The Good Wife."

"It's been a great opportunity to use different tools than I've used before," Fox said of the role.

And it's great to have you back, Fox!

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