Michael J Fox to receive honorary Oscar
Canadian-American actor Michael J. Fox will receive an honorary Oscar for his contribution to the cause of humanism. It is reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
“Michael J. Fox’s relentless advocacy for Parkinson’s research, along with his boundless optimism, exemplifies the impact one man can have on the future of millions of people,” the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said in a statement.
The Gene Hersholt Prize will also go to composer and poet Diane Warren, directors Peter Weir and Ezan Palsi. Earlier this award was awarded to actor Gregory Peck, singer Frank Sinatra, TV presenter Oprah Winfrey, DreamWorks Animation SKG CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and actress Angelina Jolie.
Michael J. Fox became widely known in 1985 for his role as Marty McFly in the Robert Zemeckis film Back to the Future. Later, the actor starred in two sequels, released in 1989 and 1990. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991. The actor publicly announced his diagnosis in 1998.