Michael J. Fox, born in 1961, is a Canadian-born American actor, film producer and guitarist, best known for his portrayal of Marty McFly, protagonist of the Back to the Future trilogy, of Alex P. Keaton in the sitcom Family Ties and of Michael Flaherty in the television series Spin City, thanks to which he won a total of four Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and five Emmy Awards.
In 1991, at the age of 30, he was diagnosed with a serious form of juvenile Parkinson's disease, news made public in 1998, which forced him to retire almost entirely from the scene from 2000, but which also allowed him to fight for experimental research on stamina cells. For this commitment, which also led him to establish the Michael J. Fox Foundation, the Karolinska Institute awarded him an honorary degree on March 5, 2010. In 2013 he returned as the protagonist in the sitcom The Michael J. Fox Show.