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Actor Michael J. Fox is returning to TV. The new “Michael J. Fox Show” will feature a main character who struggles with Parkinson’s disease.

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Actor Michael J. Fox is well known for his roles as Alex in the sitcom Family Ties and as Marty McFly in Back to the Future. Although he was a rising star, Fox semi-retired in 2000 when he left Spin City after symptoms of Parkinson’s disease made it difficult to continue working. Since then, Fox has taken several voice-over rolls, but has not regularly appeared on screen. 

This is about to change. This fall, Fox will be starring in The Michael J Fox Show. The show is a sitcom about New York news anchor Mike Henry, who decides to return to work despite his struggle with Parkinson’s disease. Fifty-one-year-old Fox will play Mike Henry. Betsy Brandt, of Parenthood and Breaking Bad, will play Henry’s wife. 

NBC has committed to 22 episodes of the series.

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative, neurological disorder that affects nearly one million Americans. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991, but did not disclose his condition until 1998. Since then, he has used his star status to raise awareness and advocate for those with the disease. He has testified before Congress and has raised more than $300 million dollars for Parkinson’s research through the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

For many people with Parkinson’s disease, work is not an option. The Social Security Administration provides benefits when long-term disability makes it impossible to work. To learn more about applying for Social Security disability benefits with Parkinson’s disease, read our article, “When Does Parkinson's Disease Qualify for Disability Benefits?” To schedule a free case evaluation with a Vermont SSDI lawyer, contact Keefe Disability Law at 888-904-6847.

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