Happy birthday, Michael J. Fox! Beloved actor and activist turns 62

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By stefan armitage

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Michael J. Fox has turned 62 years old today!

The beloved actor has been receiving hundreds of messages from adoring fans across social media in honor of Fox's birthday.

And it really is no surprise considering just how adored Fox has become throughout his 40-plus-year career.

Of course, many of us will fondly remember Fox as the quirky but cool time-traveling Marty McFly in the Back To The Future movies. Or perhaps as high schooler/werewolf Scott Howard in 1985's Teen Wolf.

But Fox first became a household name on the small screen, delighting viewers as Alex P. Keaton on the NBC sitcom Family Ties.

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Credit: Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for The Michael J. Fox Foundation

However, as many of us are aware, the actor's life was turned upside down when he was diagnosed with Parkinson's back in 1991 when he was just 29 years old.

People with the condition often suffer from physical symptoms such as shaking and stiffness, as well as mental symptoms such as memory loss and depression. It is still not known what causes the condition.

After going public with his battle with the disease in 1998, the beloved actor launched the Michael J. Fox Foundation in 2000, which is "dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson's disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson's today".

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Fox turns 62 today! Credit: Rick Kern / Getty

Last year, Fox admitted to PEOPLE that a slew of injuries were taking their toll on his outlook and attitude towards others.

"I was never really a cranky guy, but I got very cranky and short with people," he told the outlet. "I try to nip it in the bud. I always think of these aides who work with me. And I often say to them, 'Whatever I say, just imagine I said please at the beginning and thank you at the end. Just take a second and absorb that I might have said that if I was more myself, but I didn't, so I apologize.'"

Nevertheless, the actor has also said that he is determined to spend the rest of his life fighting to find a cure for the neurodegenerative disorder.

"I’m committed to this. I won’t stop until it happens," he said in an interview with Variety, after revealing that the Foundation had raised over $1 billion in an effort to find a cure.

In fact, the organization paid tribute to its founder in a touching Instagram post too, writing: "Join us in wishing our founder, Michael J. Fox, a very happy birthday! Your optimism and unwavering dedication have helped us accomplish so much in pursuit of a cure for Parkinson's. Happy birthday, @realmikejfox!"

And Fox also shared his own birthday post, but admittedly had the spotlight taken away from none other than "The Fonz" Henry Winkler. Check it out below:

Happy birthday, Michael! Thank you for all the amazing memories and for the continued work to fighting Parkinson's!

Featured image credit: Terry Wyatt / Getty

Happy birthday, Michael J. Fox! Beloved actor and activist turns 62

vt-author-image

By stefan armitage

Article saved!Article saved!

Michael J. Fox has turned 62 years old today!

The beloved actor has been receiving hundreds of messages from adoring fans across social media in honor of Fox's birthday.

And it really is no surprise considering just how adored Fox has become throughout his 40-plus-year career.

Of course, many of us will fondly remember Fox as the quirky but cool time-traveling Marty McFly in the Back To The Future movies. Or perhaps as high schooler/werewolf Scott Howard in 1985's Teen Wolf.

But Fox first became a household name on the small screen, delighting viewers as Alex P. Keaton on the NBC sitcom Family Ties.

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Credit: Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for The Michael J. Fox Foundation

However, as many of us are aware, the actor's life was turned upside down when he was diagnosed with Parkinson's back in 1991 when he was just 29 years old.

People with the condition often suffer from physical symptoms such as shaking and stiffness, as well as mental symptoms such as memory loss and depression. It is still not known what causes the condition.

After going public with his battle with the disease in 1998, the beloved actor launched the Michael J. Fox Foundation in 2000, which is "dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson's disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson's today".

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Fox turns 62 today! Credit: Rick Kern / Getty

Last year, Fox admitted to PEOPLE that a slew of injuries were taking their toll on his outlook and attitude towards others.

"I was never really a cranky guy, but I got very cranky and short with people," he told the outlet. "I try to nip it in the bud. I always think of these aides who work with me. And I often say to them, 'Whatever I say, just imagine I said please at the beginning and thank you at the end. Just take a second and absorb that I might have said that if I was more myself, but I didn't, so I apologize.'"

Nevertheless, the actor has also said that he is determined to spend the rest of his life fighting to find a cure for the neurodegenerative disorder.

"I’m committed to this. I won’t stop until it happens," he said in an interview with Variety, after revealing that the Foundation had raised over $1 billion in an effort to find a cure.

In fact, the organization paid tribute to its founder in a touching Instagram post too, writing: "Join us in wishing our founder, Michael J. Fox, a very happy birthday! Your optimism and unwavering dedication have helped us accomplish so much in pursuit of a cure for Parkinson's. Happy birthday, @realmikejfox!"

And Fox also shared his own birthday post, but admittedly had the spotlight taken away from none other than "The Fonz" Henry Winkler. Check it out below:

Happy birthday, Michael! Thank you for all the amazing memories and for the continued work to fighting Parkinson's!

Featured image credit: Terry Wyatt / Getty