VIDEO: Michael J. Fox Chats New Series on TODAY
Michael J. FOX stopped by NBC's TODAY this morning to talk about his new sitcom THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW. The actor, who has Parkinson's, is returning to the small screen in a new comedy about a man with Parkinson's who's returning to work in TV. Watch the appearance below!
"It's pretty flattering that people give (his casting) the attention and - and that on some level, people are excited about it," FOX told TODAY's Willie Geist. "It's funny, it is kind of weird to have been low-key for a few years ... but I never really went anywhere."
On the new "Michael J. FOX Show," FOX plays family man and TV anchor Mike Henry, who returns to the air five years after Parkinson's put his career on hold. FOX himself was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson's in 1991, when he was 30 years old and enjoying a successful career starring on the hit sitcom "Family Ties" and in three "Back to the Future" movies.
"(The diagnosis) came ... with a prognosis that ... I'd have ... maybe 10 years left to work," FOX told Geist, whose own father has Parkinson's and who sits on the board of The Michael J. FOX Foundation for Parkinson's Research. "I was just married and my son was just born and my father had just passed away. And it was - all kinds of stuff going on and - and it flattened me"