Back To The Future & Family Ties icon Michael J. Fox came thru Vancouver recently to get a degree & play some golf
When I was growing up, there was few bigger stars in Vancouver for homegrown talent than Michael J. Fox.. The Edmonton born, Vancouver raised actor probably is responsible for creating many of the TV stars we have now.
About a month ago, the 4x Golden Globe & 5X Emmy Winning actor was in Vancouver for his annual charity golf tournament.
Michael also picked up an honorary degree for Doctor Of Laws from The Justice Institute of British Columbia in New Westminster while he was in town this time. This was actually the 2nd time Mr. Fox had recieved a Doctor Of Laws honourary degree in B.C. The 1st being in 2008 at UBC.
The former Back To The Future, Family Ties, Teen Wolf & Spin City star comes back to Vancouver every year to take part in a charity golf event & dinner for his charity, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsons Research
https://www.michaeljfox.org/ the disease he himself has.
The amazing thing about Michael is that he deals with this disease everyday, a condition that causes him discomfort, shaking & focus problems, and he still finds the time to meet with fans, give autographs & take photos. Not once, not twice, nor even 3 times, but FIVE times over his short stay here I met him & every time he stopped to sign for the 3-15 people that were there on these encounters.
I meet countless celebrities with NO REASON to be rude/mean, who simply think people are below them & that they dont need to give back to fans...and while there isnt any law saying they HAVE to, it is, for the most part, a good jesture to keep or develop new fans for your future projects. Michael, has every reason in the book to ignore people if he felt like it. Hes won a truckload of awards & honours, he isnt currently promoting any show/movie to try & buy fans/viewers for, and most importantly he suffers from a debilitating degenerative condition that makes signing an autograph or stopping to take a photo a sincere challenge....and he does it with grace & respect. He should be what most celebrities look up to wanting to be like.
I liked also that during his stay here, talking with others, everyone seemed to like him from different things. While most seemed to remember him as Marty McFly in Back To The Future films, there was some who recalled him as Teen Wolf, and of course, my favorite character if his, Alex. P. Keaton from Family Ties. The new generation of viewers know him as Stuart Little. He simply touches almost every corner of the entertainment spectrum. The man even has a Grammy Award.
Below is some photos of Michael from his short stay here, including some from his Honourary Degree ceremony & his golf event (where I didnt see him too much). I also have a video of Michael giving a speech at the Justice Institute, I will post it eventually... assuming there is some demand for it from you all.
7/2/2012 07:29:56 am
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