Michael J. Fox had the support of his family along with Back to the Future co-star Christopher Lloyd as he gratefully accepted a top honor at the 13th annual Governors Awards on Saturday in Los Angeles.
The now retired actor, 61, received the honorary Oscar known as the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award which is awarded to an individual, ‘whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry’.
The Back to the Future alum was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991 and created the Michael J. Fox Foundation to help fund more research on the disorder in 2000.
Support: Michael J. Fox, 61, was joined by his wife, Tracy Pollan, and their four children at the 13th Annual Governors Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday.
The Spin City star kept his look classic and sophisticated for the special night as an honoree.
He changed into a black suit that he paired with a white dress shirt and a black tie. The actor donned a pair of black sneakers to complete his overall outfit.
The Emmy Award winner posed for a variety of snaps alongside his stunning wife, who looked elegantly chic for the night. The happy couple, who got married in 1988, first met on the set of the popular comedy series Family Ties.
Tracy opted for a floor-length black sequined long-sleeved bodycon dress.
The actress accessorized her look with dangling silver earrings along with a slim beaded necklace. Her hair was parted in the middle and pulled back into a sleek updo, allowing the curly locks to fringe the sides of her face.
Happy couple: The talented actor met his wife on the set of the hit sitcom Family Ties, and the two married in 1988
Family photo: The talented actor was also accompanied by his four children so they could be at their father’s side during the special evening
In an interview published by People last month in October, Michael expressed that, ‘My best life now is that I enjoy my family a lot.’
He further added that, ‘Tracy and the kids are amazing. I know it sounds boring, it sounds like a fairy tale, but we’ve been married thirty-odd years, so we’ve got something figured out.
Also attending the ceremony with their father were his four children he shares with Tracy: Sam, 33, twins Aquinnah and Schulyer, both 27, and Esme, 21.
During the ceremony, Woody Harrelson presented the award to Michael and they shared a brief hug on stage. The two stars are not only good friends, but have also worked together in the past on the movie Doc Hollywood (1991).
Beside him: Michael and Tracy share four children, Sam, 33, Esme, 21, and twins Aquinnah and Schulyer, both 27.
Special moment: Woody Harrelson presented the honorary Oscar to Michael during the ceremony and the two actors shared a quick hug on stage
Past Work: The two stars are not only good friends, but also worked together in the past on the movie Doc Hollywood (1991)
Saying a few words: The actor was photographed giving a moving speech after accepting the honorary award on stage
Retired: Michael has made the decision to retire from his acting career due to his failing health, but expressed gratitude for receiving the honorary Oscar on Saturday night
Although Michael has never been nominated for an Oscar and also retired from acting in 2020 due to his condition, his humanitarian work has not gone unnoticed by the film industry.
According to Term, Academy President David Rubin stated, “Michael J. Fox’s tireless advocacy of Parkinson’s disease research, coupled with his boundless optimism, exemplifies the impact of one person in changing the future of millions.”
The star was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991, at the age of 29. She did not make the news of her diagnosis public until later in 1998.
The disorder affects the central nervous system, with some common symptoms such as tremors, impaired movement and changes in speech, progressively worsening over time, according to Mayo Clinic.
In 2000, the star launched the Michael J. Fox Foundation to help fund more research into treatments and possible cures for the disorder. Currently, the organization has raised about $1.5 billion.
When I recently spoke to entertainment tonight About receiving the honorary Oscar for his humanitarian efforts, Tracy called the honor “exciting,” while Michael jokingly added, “Celebrating me is overrated.”
Other support: Michael’s Back to the Future co-star Christopher Lloyd was also on hand to cheer on his friend as he accepted the award; Christopher seen at the ceremony with his wife, Lisa
Recent Collaboration: The two actors recently worked together to launch a special Back to the Future line.
Christopher Lloyd, who notably starred opposite Michael in the beloved Back To The Future franchise, was also in attendance at the ceremony.
He had the chance to cheer on his former co-star and witness the retired actor accept the special honorary Oscar on Saturday night.
The two stars, who have remained close over the years, recently collaborated to launch a special line of Back to the Future merchandise.
‘Great Scott!’ had written in a recent Twitter post to announce the big news. Our first Back to the Future merchandise store that @RealMikeFox and I designed is finally here!
A photo of Michael and Christopher was added to the tweet, with the two wearing matching jerseys from the line.
Still Close: After many years, both Michael and Christopher are still close friends; the two seen at New York Comic Con in October
Humanitarian work: In 2000, the star launched the Michael J. Fox Foundation to help fund more research into treatments and possible cures for the disorder; the actor and his wife seen in New York in October
In an emotional interview with People In October, the Back to the Future star said his condition “worsened” and he became unusually “short with people” after breaking his cheek, hand, shoulder and arm and his mother Phyllis died aged 92 on last year.
The actor had previously cited 2018 as one of his worst years, when he underwent spinal cord surgery to remove a tumor, after which he broke his left arm.
He said: ‘I broke my cheek, then my hand, then my shoulder, they put in a replacement shoulder and I broke my [right] arm, then I broke my elbow. I am 61 years old and I am feeling it a little more.
“I was never really a moody guy, but I would get very moody and short with people. I try to nip it in the bud,” added the talented star.
‘I always think of these helpers who work with me. And I often say to them, ‘Whatever I say, imagine I said ‘please’ at the beginning and ‘thank you’ at the end. Just take a second and absorb that I could have said that if it was more myself, but I didn’t, so I apologize.