Michael J. Fox
Born in Edmonton, Alberta in 1961, Michael J. Fox lived in Callander for a year while his father was stationed in North Bay in the Canadian Armed Forces. He attended M.T. Davidson Public School for Grade 2. Legend has it that he was the smallest kid in his class (by a head!) and his teacher, Mrs. Young, said he was an excellent reader. He played Rinaldo the Rabbit, in the school play “”The Magic Wishing Pot”".
Fox later shot to fame in Hollywood, in 1982, with the hit TV series “”Family Ties”". He went on to star in such movies as the “”Back to the Future”" trilogy, “”Doc Hollywood”" as well as the TV show “”Spin City”". Throughout his acting career, Fox garnered four Emmys, three Golden Globes, two SAG awards, a People Choice award as well as GQ Man of the Year (in the TV Comedy category).
In 1991, Fox was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s Disease. After publicly disclosing his condition in 1998, he committed himself to the campaign for increased medical research. Still dedicated to acting, Fox left the series “”Spin City”" to launch the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Since 1999, he has twice testified before the American Congress for more funding for the disease. Today, Fox remains a passionate campaigner to find a cure for Parkinson’s.