According to the representative for Michael J Fox, the infamous Teen Wolf actor went under the knife for spinal surgery on Friday. His rep confirmed the process was not in connection with his Parkinson’s disease and he’s currently recovering and looking forward to returning to “the golf course” during the upcoming summer months.
Fox had to cancel an appearance at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Exposition in Canada last week, and explained his absence as the result of “unforeseen circumstances,” but a precise reason was not given.
During his time on Good Morning America at the beginning of the month, the 56-year-old Scrubs alum talked about his most recent role in Designated Survivor as well as the work he’s done with the Michael J Fox Foundation.
When speaking with the host of the show, he said it’s important for sufferers of the disease to understand “we are the answer we’re looking for, and we have the answers within us somewhere,” whatever that means.
However, Michael and his organization are consistently working on finding a cure, but to no avail as of yet. In the past, Fox has admitted that the tendency for the public to define him based on Parkinson’s disease has been a burden during the course of his career.
His doctor diagnosed the Canadian-American actor when he was just 29-years-old, during the height of his fame, but didn’t go public with the illness until he was 37-years-old in 1998.
Rumors persisted in Hollywood for quite some time, but he chose not to reveal it for personal reasons.
Michael, most famously, was featured in the Back To The Future films, Teen Wolf, and as a doctor on Scrubs. Additionally, his short role on Curb Your Enthusiasm garnered him critical acclaim, as the actor and the series’ creator, Larry David, poked fun at his illness.