Michael J. Fox born 1961
Born Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Emmy Award–winning actor and Parkinson’s research advocate Michael J. Fox endeared himself to legions of fans with his roles on the sitcoms Family Ties (1982–89) and Spin City (1996–2001), and as Marty McFly in the popular Back to the Future film trilogy (1985–90). Only thirty years old when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease -- a degenerative neurological disorder -- he did not make his condition known to the public until 1998. Since then, Fox has continued his acting career, aided by drugs that help him manage his Parkinson’s symptoms. In 2000 he established the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research with the goals of finding a cure for the disease and supporting the development of improved therapies for those living with it. In this portrait, Fox’s steely gaze mirrors the determination of the man whose foundation has already generated more than $450 million to fund its ambitious research objectives.
Steve Pyke (born 1957)
Digital gelatin silver print, 2008