Michael J. Fox has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award as a renowned actor – and his family was there to support him for this significant occasion.
The 61-year-old actor has been a household name since he burst onto the scene in the ’80s in Back To The Future as Marty McFly.
In 1991, Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease but he chose to keep working and kept his diagnosis private for the next seven years.
Fox has been honored at the Lifetime Achievement Awards on Tuesday (June 6) at the Spring Moving Image Awards in New York City.
When taking to the stage he was joined by his wife Tracy Pollan, 62, and twin daughters Aquinnah Kathleen Fox and Schuyler Frances Fox, both 28, who have supported him throughout his battle with Parkinson’s.
“He was made for movies, he has a great genius comedy,” Scorsese said. “What I want to point out though, for me, was extraordinarily impressive was the dramatic films and the intensity of his work in Light of Day, Bright Lights and Big City.”
The Wolf of Wall Street director also acknowledged Fox’s battle with Parkinson’s, and how he has continued to work in the face of adversity.
The director thanked Fox for his support when it came to his wife’s diagnosis with the disease, adding that it meant the world to him and his family.
Since disclosing his condition, Fox has worked tirelessly to campaign for increased research on the disease as he set up The Michael J. Fox Foundation.
As cited by PEOPLE, when asked about how he “mobilized” people to care about Parkinson’s disease, Fox replied: “I didn’t have a choice.”