Washington, DC - Nov 23, 2009 - Michael J. Fox, actor, author and devoted advocate for increased funding for Parkinson's disease research, will receive the NAB Distinguished Service Award during the 2010 NAB Show. Fox will be honored for the impact his career has had on the television industry, as well as his commitment to raising awareness for Parkinson's disease through The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. The award will be presented during the All Industry Opening Keynote address on April 12, 2010, in Las Vegas.
Fox's role as the conservative child Alex P. Keaton on the NBC show "Family Ties" made him one of the country's most prominent young actors of the 1980s. The show, which ran from 1982-1989, was a critical and commercial success, earning Fox three Emmys and a Golden Globe Award. Fox returned to series television again in 1996 as Michael Flaherty, New York's deputy mayor on the ABC show "Spin City". His portrayal of Flaherty earned numerous awards, including three Golden Globes, an Emmy, a People's Choice Award and two Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards. Since Fox's departure from "Spin City" in 2000, he has appeared in guest spots on several television programs, most recently FX's "Rescue Me", for which he received a fifth Emmy Award in 2009.
An international film star, Fox has appeared in a variety of comedic and dramatic movie roles, including the successful Back to the Future trilogy, The Hard Way, Doc Hollywood, The Secret of My Success, "Bright Lights, Big City, Light of Day, Teen Wolf, Casualties of War, Life With Mikey, For Love or Money, The American President, Greedy, The Frighteners and Mars Attacks! Fox has also performed voiceovers for Atlantis The Lost Empire, Homeward Bound and Stuart Little.
Also a renowned author, Fox's Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist, and his 2002 memoir, Lucky Man, were both New York Times bestsellers. Fox is currently working on a third book, titled A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future: Life Lessons from a High School Dropout, to be published in the spring of 2010.
Fox established The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research in 2000 to raise research funding and awareness for Parkinson's disease. The organization is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson's disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson's today.
Each year the NAB Distinguished Service Award recognizes members of the broadcast community who have made significant and lasting contributions to the broadcasting industry. Previous award recipients include Mary Tyler Moore, President Ronald Reagan, Edward R. Murrow, Bob Hope, Walter Cronkite, Oprah Winfrey and Charles Osgood, among others.