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Michael J Fox concedes defeat: Parkinson’s has finally ended my career

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Michael J. Fox says his decades-long battle with Parkinson’s has affected his memorization — a skill that has been crucial to his career as an actor. CREDIT: GALLO IMAGES/GETTY IMAGES
Michael J. Fox says his decades-long battle with Parkinson’s has affected his memorization — a skill that has been crucial to his career as an actor. CREDIT: GALLO IMAGES/GETTY IMAGES

The 59-year-old actor has been battling the long-term degenerative disorder of the central nervous system for almost 30 years. He was first diagnosed in 1991 and went public with it in 1998. He continued to work, appearing in TV shows Spin City and The Good Wife from 2010 to 2016.

Now, 22 years after disclosing his health battle, Michael admits his word recall is not what it once was. “My short-term memory is shot,” he tells People magazine. 

"I always had a real proficiency for lines and memorisation. And I had some extreme situations where the last couple of jobs I did were actually really word-heavy parts. I struggled during both of them.”

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