Michael J. Fox made a rare public speaking appearance on Tuesday as part of the Clinton Global Initiative conference held in New York City.
The 62-year-old actor, who has Parkinson’s disease, looked dapper in a navy blue suit with a gray collared shirt and a navy blue tie.
Fox appeared on a panel alongside Carolina García Jayaram, the CEO of the nonprofit The Elevate Prize Foundation, and businessman Joseph Deitch.
The Back To The Future star was one of a number of celebrities set to appear at the event, which is being hosted by former President Bill Clinton, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton.
Other notable names appearing at the summit include Matt Damon, Ashley Judd, will.i.am, Orlando Bloom, Liev Schreiber, Patrick Dempsey, Padma Lakshmi and the Academy Award-winning directors of Everything Everywhere All at Once, Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert. , according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The latest: Michael J. Fox, 62, was pictured on stage Tuesday at the Clinton Global Initiative meeting in New York City at the New York Hilton Midtown
The conference, which the former president hosted in 2005, aims to bring together “a community of doers who are taking action to make a tangible difference in the lives of people around the world,” according to the CGI.
The group consists of ‘organizations within government, business and civil society; established and emerging leaders; activists and advocates; and community workers and doers on the front lines of our most pressing global challenges.”
Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991 and made the information public in 1998.
He launched in the fall of 2000 The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Researchwhich ‘is committed to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for people living with Parkinson’s today.’
According to the foundation, it has raised more than $1.75 billion for charity.
“Parkinson’s patients are the experts of what we have,” Fox said in a statement on the foundation’s website. ‘As patients we have a responsibility to share our experiences; what works for us, what we respond to, what we can contribute to research.’
Fox was honored last year by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with an honorary Academy Award, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, for his efforts to find a cure.
The Back to the Future star and his wife Tracy Pollan, 63, celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary last July, as he took to Instagram to commemorate the occasion.
The actor, the founder of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, was dressed in a navy blue suit with a gray collared shirt and a navy blue tie.
The Canadian-born star appeared on a panel alongside Carolina García Jayaram, the CEO of the nonprofit The Elevate Prize Foundation, and businessman Joseph Deitch
The event is hosted by former President Bill Clinton, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton
It aims to build “a community of doers who take action to make a tangible difference in the lives of people around the world,” according to the CGI.
The Back to the Future star appeared cheerful during the panel discussion
Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991 and made the information public in 1998
Fox took the stage at the event with his foundation’s CEO, Deborah Brooks
Fox, who also played Alex P. Keaton in Family Ties, captioned a carousel of shots: 35 years of laughing, living, listening and loving you @tracy.pollan. Thanks for everything. Forever yours, Mike.”
Pollan said of her: ’35 years!!! Happy birthday my love. Here’s to many more glorious adventures together. I couldn’t love you more.’
Fox and Pollan are parents to son Sam Michael, 34, twin daughters Aquinnah Kathleen and Schuyler Frances, 28, and daughter Esmé Annabelle, 21.