I can get sad, I can get frustrated, I can get scared, but I never get depressed - because there's joy in my life.”
About This Billboard
Michael J. Fox is an endearing character whom audiences have come to know through film and TV roles over the past three decades. He is charming, funny, ever-youthful and always surprising.
Michael Andrew Fox was born in Canada on June 9, 1961. After his acting talents emerged in his teens, at age 18 he moved to Los Angeles. When he went to register with the Screen Actors Guild, he realized another actor had registered under the same name. In homage to one of his favorite character actors of all time, Michael J. Pollard, Fox adopted the letter “J” as his new middle initial.
Soon, Fox skyrocketed to fame in a career-making role—that of Alex P. Keaton on television’s “Family Ties” (1982-1989)—where he also met and married actress Tracy Pollan in 1988. From “Family Ties” Fox went on to star in several notable films, including the “Back to the Future” trilogy, “The American President” and “Doc Hollywood,” and for six years starred in the TV series “Spin City.”
As Fox’s legions of fans know, he lives life — no matter the challenge or opportunity. In fact, his real-life role may be the most inspiring part he has ever played. In 1998, Michael let the world know that he had Parkinson’s disease. Showing the same commitment, drive and imagination audiences had come to love in his years onscreen, he quickly emerged as a leading advocate and spokesperson to increase awareness of Parkinson’s disease and funding for critically needed research toward a cure. The eponymous foundation he established in 2000 is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease by strategically prioritizing and aggressively funding Parkinson’s research. Now a father of four, Fox also has become known as an author, penning two best-selling memoirs of his life before and after Parkinson’s.
With characteristic optimism, Fox describes his Parkinson’s diagnosis in terms of what it has added to, not taken away from, his remarkable life. “I once said to somebody that in a way it was a gift… it really taught me acceptance,” Fox said. “It taught me a lot about taking life on life’s terms. And it opened up a way for me to be of service that I hadn’t imagined before.”
In 2013, NBC announced that Fox will combine his two passions, acting and activism, in a new TV series, “The Michael J. Fox Show,” where he portrays a man who is returning to his TV career despite having Parkinson’s disease. The show is bound to revolutionize the way millions of people see Parkinson’s disease and anyone struggling against difficult odds.
With this move, as with so many others, Fox is an inspiration to millions of people worldwide. His humor and upbeat outlook are visible in everything he undertakes. That unfailingly positive attitude brings hope to everyone he touches—and reminds us all to seek out the joy in life, despite our challenges.
Optimism. Pass It On!
This billboard about Optimism features Michael J. Fox; actor, author, comedian, producer, activist.
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I love ur work you inspire me so much thank you Michhael J. Fox
Inspiring. Although no one I know has it, I can truly say this is great. Keep it up, Micheal J. Fox! Continue to change the future!
you are my idol my grandmother also suffer from Parkinson's and was not able to hide it like you anyway I love what you do so keep doing it
Jake M., Warrington, pa
Michael J. Fox Knows what acceptance is rather than some people in this world!
I love Michael j. Fox story it's amazing
Micheal j fox is amazing!!
michael j fox an insperation to us all he is amazing in many ways
Back to the Future was my favorite movie as a kid. i was told at a young age that Fox had this, and i sat and cried. he is such a great guy. and even if he knows he is dieing, he still makes the best out of things. Thank You Michael. :)
Michael, Your optimism encourages me. I have several invisible disease that cause pain, chronic fatigue, and other symptoms. I also have Major Depressive Disorder. I'll keep up the fight if you will. You are an inspiration to me and many, many other ill people.
Jenni, Cornhusker County
Michael, you are my hero!
Bryan, Biloxi, MS
Even before I saw these billboards, every now and then I would get up from my video games and say to myself "I gotta live my life while I have it" and then go out to run around town or play outside with my dog.
Joshua Peterson, Mequon, WI
I saw the Michael J. Fox billboard in the airport in Albuquerque. Michael and I are about the same age (I am 56). I was diagnosed with Parkinson's' Disease in 2004. My symptoms are gradually getting more noticeable, but for the most part, my meds can mask them. What I would like is a way of getting a constant supply of meds to prevent the uPs and downs, and especially when I've forgotten to take them. I want to live a full life. I want to enjoy retirement with my man, to travel, dance, and ride our tandem together into the sunset. Please continue to work for a cure so I can.
Karen b, Katy Texas
I wish you all a happy life!
Jack, None of your bizz
This person really inspries me alot. Because most teenagers or kids need to start apprectiating on things they do have. Michael's diease doesnt stop him from what he does, and that's what inspires me alot.
My brother has this disease and pretty much struggles everyday. I have days I feel sorry for myself, but when I vsit him every week, I realize I have no struggles compaired to his--wish we'd come up with a cure!!!
Sue d., Urbana, Ohio
I always get too inspired anytime I open to your website. This reminds me of when I was working in a company that supplied and distributed power. As an account clerk I was humiliated because I exhibit honesty. Eventually I was sacked but I kept on reading your motivational quote. In nutshell I live up to the task to upgrade myself to a position of accountant. I always mentor Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill as my roll models. Keep it up good work.
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My grandfather had parkinson's. Because I was young when he got it, I don't remember him before it. Go Michael J Fox, stay optimistic! I will pray for you.
Hope R, MS
I love Michael J. Fox, especially in "Back to the Future."
sabrina o., green ohio