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Person and Quote of the day- Michael J. Fox

“Acceptance doesn’t mean resignation; it means understanding that something is what it is and that there’s got to be a way through it.”⠀

- Michael J. Fox⠀

Michael J. Fox, born 1961, is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, author, film producer and activist. He is most famously known for his role as Marty McFly in the Back to the Future trilogy and his work on the American sitcom Family Ties and Spin City. ⠀

The ‘J’ in his professional name doesn’t actually stand for anything for his real middle name is Andrew. Apparently, when Fox originally attempted to register with the Screen Actors Guild, he was informed that there was already a Michael Fox in the system. He didn't want to be known as Michael A. Fox and didn't like the sound of Andrew or Andy Fox. The J is a tribute to legendary character actor Michael J. Pollard.⠀

Fox started displaying symptoms of early-onset Parkinson's disease in 1991 while shooting the movie Doc Hollywood, and was diagnosed shortly after at age 29. After his diagnosis, Fox started drinking heavily and suffered from depression.⠀

He said "Once I was diagnosed, I started drinking a different way. It was probably less drinking — the quantity was down — but the quality was really changed for the worse and it really became hiding.”⠀

Fox eventually sought help and stopped drinking altogether. In 1998, he decided to go public about his Parkinson's disease, and since then, he has been a strong advocate of Parkinson's disease research.⠀

He has won five Primetime Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, a Grammy Award, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. He has also written three books and his foundation The Michael J. Fox Foundation has raised $240 million in research funds for Parkinson's Disease.

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