Michael J. Fox

Michael J. Fox is on the April/May cover of AARP The Magazine! The beloved entertainer speaks candidly about his battle with Parkinson’s disease, his new NBC comedy sitcom premiering this fall and his supportive family

Interview Quotes

On writing Parkinson’s into his character roles

“It’s too difficult to hide it. I could manage it for a scene or so, but it would fall apart over time. As long as I play a guy with Parkinson’s, I can do anything.”

On early fame and appreciating success 

“By 21, I was earning six figures a week, and by 23, I had a Ferrari. It was nuts. I never stopped to figure that out.”

“You’re not just a lottery winner. You have to respect the work you do and the work others do and how you got there.”

On his star-making role in Family Ties 

“I negotiated the deal from a phone booth outside of Pioneer Chicken, wishing I had $1.99 for a wing-and-biscuit combo.”

On maintain his sense of humor

“If I’m at events and I’m clapping, my mind will stay, ‘Stop clapping,’ But I just keep going. Tracy says, ‘You’re always the last one clapping.’ I swear, it’s not out of appreciation—it’s out of disintegration. You have to laugh at that.”

On his outlook on life

“If I can accept the truth of: This is what I’m facing—not what can I expect but what I am experiencing now—then I have all this freedom to do other things.”

“I’m always aware that there are others who don’t feel so good and can’t express themselves the way I can. That’s no small factor in the way I’ve been able to deal with this.”