Michael J. Fox

Born in Canada, Michael J. Fox is an award-winning television and film actor who has created characters audiences have fallen in love with:  Alex P. Keaton in Family Ties, Marty McFly in Back to the Future, Michael Flaherty in Spin City, and appearances in FX's Rescue Me, to just name a few.

Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease over twenty years ago and shared the news with the public 7 years later. Since then he has assumed the role of advocate, dedicating himself to bringing awareness to Parkinson's disease. He founded The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, which has funded more than $126 million for Parkinson's research to date.

In his new book, Always Looking Up: The Adventures of An Incurable Optimist, Michael reveals the remarkable lessons he has learned, and about the hard-won perspective that helped him see challenges as opportunities.

His best-selling autobiography, Lucky Man, has been translated into seven languages, and the audio version received a Grammy award nomination.   Fox remains in demand as an actor and hockey fanatic.


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Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist - Michael brings the remarkable lessons he has learned, about the hard-won perspective that helped him see challenges as opportunities, to a live audience. In his compelling lecture, Michael speaks about his life through the critical themes of work, politics, faith, and family. He walks the audience through his journey of self-discovery and reinvention with captivating humor and wit. Instead of building walls around yourself, he talks about how to develop a personal policy of engagement and discovery: an emotional, psychological, intellectual, and spiritual outlook that has served him throughout his struggle with Parkinson's disease. He describes how to become a happier, more satisfied person by recognizing the gifts of everyday life.

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