The “Back to the Future” actor is 59 years old. Parkinson’s disease has afflicted him for three decades.
For a generation he will always be Marty McFly, the young protagonist of the Back to the Future trilogy that triumphed in the 1980s. Michael J. Fox had to deal with bad news at age 29: he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. “It was as if a truck ran over you,” he declared at the time. He made it public in 1998, seven years after that diagnosis. And the Canadian actor’s life changed forever.
To the also protagonist of American wolf boy They told him that he would be lucky if 10 years later he continued acting. In 2000, at the age of 39, he announced his retirement from the world of acting when the symptoms of the disease became more severe, but he did not quit completely. And since then, Michael J. Fox has been working as a voice actor in films such as Stuart Little Y Atlantis: the lost empire, and has had minor roles in television series such as Boston Legal, The Good Wife Y Scrubs.
Now, his health has deteriorated to such an extent that he can no longer continue in the acting world. He announced it himself this week while promoting his new memoir, No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality (No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality).
“There is a time for everything, and my time of working 12 hours a day and memorizing seven pages of script is in the past. At least for now I’m entering a second retreat. This could change, because everything changes, but If this is the end of my career, so be it”Fox explained.
To that must be added some statements made a few days ago to the magazine People, where he commented on the serious problems he currently has to memorize things in the short term: “My short term memory is destroyed. I always had a great facility for phrases and memorization. And I had some extreme situations because in the last couple of jobs I did, I played roles with a lot of words and I had problems with both. The actor is currently participating in the animated short film The Beast, Heroes of the Wildfire, where he voices one of his protagonists.
Michael J. Fox confesses that this retreat will not be like the first since he himself revealed that he even has symptoms of dementia. In addition to memory loss, hallucinations and delusions are added. And according to the newspaper Los Angeles Times, has come to confuse his twin daughters and He has spent hours looking for his car keys, even though he has not driven for years. In 2018, the actor underwent surgery for a benign tumor on his spine. And since then he confesses that he has had even more difficulties to retain words.
His faculties begin to be seriously impaired, because he himself acknowledges that he is no longer able to play the guitar or draw, two of his great hobbies. He just enjoys writing – he has already edited four books – and that is why it cannot be ruled out that he continues to do so while he can.
This past week, Fox participated in the show Tonight Show de Jimmy Fallon and during the interview he made public a funny anecdote from his youth. The actor recalled what it was like to be around the Princess of Wales, Diana, at the premiere of Return to the future in 1985 in London. “She was sitting next to me. The lights went out and the movie started, and I realized I could do the fake yawn thing and put an arm behind her like on a date, which was hilarious, “she explained. But in reality the thing evolved in another way. “The movie started and I suddenly wanted to pee; so for the rest of the movie I was just sitting there dying. I couldn’t say anything to him and I couldn’t leave, because I couldn’t turn my back on him ”, he recalled about the protocol with the English royal family.
“It was agony. It might have been the best night of my life, but it was just a nightmare. A pee nightmare“Said the actor amused, who remembers that Lady Di liked the film:” He seemed to laugh a couple of times, “he added.
Michael J. Fox is married to the actress Tracy Pollan since 1988. The couple have four children: Sam Michael, born in 1989; twins Aquinnah Kathleen and Schuyler Frances, born in 1995; and Esmé Annabelle, born in 1997.