You may remember actor Michael J. Fox as the wise cracking, fast talking Alex B. Keaton on the hit television show Family Ties, or as Marty McFly in the box-office hit Back to the Future.
Since 2000 Fox has worked mainly as a voice over actor with some occasional guest appearances in television roles on shows such as The Good Wife, Boston Legal and Curb your Enthusiasm.
NBC is giving Fox an opportunity to star in a new comedy that reflects a little of his everyday life. The show doesn’t have a title as of yet, but it is set for the fall September season lineup.
In the new comedy Fox will play a newscaster who quits his job because of Parkinson’s disease but returns to work in the first episode because a new medical regimen has helped him control many of the disease’s symptoms.
According to Newsday NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke stated NBC is looking to put the show on Thursday nights in September since 30 Rock and The Office will be coming to an end.
Michael J. Fox stated showing early signs of Parkinson disease in 1990 while filming the movie Doc Hollywood but he was not properly diagnosed until 1991. In 1998 Fox went public letting his fans and the world know of his condition with Parkinson’s disease.
Since then Michael has been a strong advocate for research in finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease. He created The Michael J. Fox Foundation which includes embryonic stem cell studies.
Fox has won three Emmy awards for his role in Family Ties and a Golden Globe for his role in Spin City. Fox has been married to his wife actress Tracy Pollan for 24 years and the couple has four children.