Monday, October 30, 2006

Canadian of the week

Today's Canadian, is an actor that I have watched, and admired for years. Born June 9, 1961 in Edmonton, Alberta. Since his father served in the Canadian Armed Forces he moved throughout Canada. After his Father retired his family settled in Burnaby, British Columbia. He started his acting career on CBC's series "Leo and Me". At the age of 18 he moved to Los Angeles, where he got some guest roles on "Trapper John MD" and "Lou Grant". After a dry spell where he had to sell of parts of his sectional couch to make ends meet, he was able to land one of the roles that he is known for.

Despite strong opposition from then NBC executive Brandon Tartikoff, this actor was cast as a wise cracking republican teenager on a soon to be popular sitcom. His crossover to the big screen was equally popular. He was cast, this time, as a time traveling teenager who has to save his parents marriage. Since then he has appeared in numerous movie roles and in another TV sitcom where he was the deputy mayor of New York City.

In 1991 he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, but didn't make the announcement public until 1998. He still currently acts, but in guest roles. He is currently a strong advocate for Parkinson's research including stem cell research. His foundation was created to support and raise money for research.

If you haven't figured out who our Canadian is it is Micheal J. Fox. I have always found him to be a great actor and a much better human being. I admire his strength while living with this disease. I support his cause and hopefully more people will as well. Please help The Michael J. Fox Foundation.


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