Michael J Fox, 59, may quit acting in ‘second retirement’ as he struggles to remember lines due to Parkinson’s – The Sun
MICHAEL J Fox has revealed he may quit acting in a "second retirement".
The Back To The Future star, 59, is considering bowing out of the showbiz industry as he struggles to learn lines due to his Parkinson's diagnosis.
Michael was diagnosed with Parkinson's – a long-term degenerative disorder of the nervous system – at the age of 29 in 1991, but kept his condition secret for seven years.
He was told by doctors at the time that he only had ten years of working left before his condition would have deteriorated too much.
The Family Ties star reflected on the longevity of his career in his new book, No Time Like The Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality.
"There are reasons for my lapses in memorization," Michael wrote, in an extract obtained by People.
Michael went on: "Be they age, cognitive issues with the disease, distraction from the constant sensations of Parkinson’s, or lack of sensation because of the spine… but I read it as a message, an indicator.
"There is a time for everything, and my time of putting in a twelve-hour workday, and memorizing seven pages of dialogue, is best behind me. At least for now."
The father-of-four said he has come to accept that this may be the "end of my acting career".
Michael said he's considering "entering a second retirement," before adding: "That could change, because everything changes. But if this is the end of my acting career, so be it."
The actor previously admitted he has found it hard to learn lines for several of his previous "word-heavy" roles.
Alongside his Parkinson's diagnosis, Michael previously had surgery to remove a tumor in his spine.
Doctors said he was "heading for paralysis" if they didn't remove the "painful, rapidly spreading" tumor when it was found in 2018.
After the operation, Michael spent four months learning how to walk again.
The Designated Survivor star then went on holiday with his wife and their kids and returned to New York alone so he could shoot a cameo in a Spike Lee film the next day.
However, the next morning, Michael fell in his kitchen and broke his arm – something he described as his "darkest moment".
Michael – who was been praised for his optimistic outlook on his health since going public with his Parkinson's diagnosis in 1998 – said he felt there was no way to look on "the bright side" at the time.
The Good Wife star was able to regain his positive mentality while watching TV reruns – particularly of '70s game shows – while recovering in bed for long periods of time.
He married Tracy Pollan in 1988 and they share son Sam, 31, twins Aquinnah and Schuyler, both 25, and daughter Esmé, 19.
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