'Back to the Future' Star Michael J Fox Receives His First Oscar – Not for Film
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61-year-old Canadian-American actor and activist Michael J. Fox, best known for his role as Marty McFly in the cult sci-fi trilogy Back to the Future, has won his first Oscar. However, not so much for acting merits, but for his civic activism. It is reported by GMA Network.
The Back to the Future star won the Gene Hersholt Award for Humanitarian Achievement and Contribution to the Fight against Parkinson's Disease. Michael J. Fox himself has suffered from this disease for many years and is a living example of resistance to a serious illness.
The diagnosis, which the actor was given at the age of 30, undermined his carter: Michael J. Fox almost stopped acting in films and on TV, switching to encouraging research on a cure for Parkinson's disease. As a result, he created The Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, a charitable foundation that funds scientists working on this problem. Michael J. Fox's contribution to Parkinson's research was recognized by the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, where the actor received an honorary doctorate.
Michael J Fox received the Humanitarian Oscar at the Governors Awards. This event was not held by the American Film Academy for about three years. The statuette was handed to the actor by his friend Woody Harrelson, who called his colleague “a real inspiration and example.”
Michael J. Fox went on stage with his wife, Tracy Pollan.
According to the winner of the humanitarian “Oscar” “, he is sincerely glad that his charitable foundation helps those who are trying to fight a serious illness.
“This is an unexpected honor for which I am sincerely grateful. It always seemed to me that everything that was given to me by fate …prepared me for this responsibility,” Fox said.
This is the first award the 61-year-old actor has received from the Academy.