The beloved Hollywood star made a rare public appearance at the prestigious independent film festival accompanied by his wife, to take part in a conversation with his longtime friend, actor and director Denis Leary.
Due to his difficult health condition, 57-year-old Canadian-American actor Michael J. Fox is not seen in public as often as his iconic status might suggest, but he recently made an exception to join a friend and colleague onstage.
The “Back to the Future” star, diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1998, attended this year’s edition of the Tribeca Film Festival the evening of May 1 to take part in the Storytellers talk with 61-year-old Denis Leary.
Fox and Leary, who have been friends for decades and have collaborated on TV, took the stage to discuss the former’s successful TV and film career, starting in the early 1980s.
Before being forced to slow down on his acting career because of his health struggles and becoming an advocate for Parkinson’s disease, Fox became a household name and received five Emmys and four Golden Globes Awards.
"Each step is a new adventure. I might fall down, but I might not fall down. I might go this way, I might go backward. Who knows? That doesn't suck. That's all right."
Fox was in high spirits during the entire event, and especially during the hour-long talk looking back of his impressive achievements, still showing his famous youthful looks despite approaching the age of 60.
Prior to the talk, Fox posed for pictures at the red carpet, to the delight of his many fans. He was pictured next to the woman he has spent half of his life with, his wife, 58-year-old actress Tracy Pollan.
While Fox showed up in his usual casual attire, Pollan opted for a much more glamorous look to honor the occasion.
The couple is about to celebrate their 31st wedding anniversary, something that only a few Hollywood couples achieve, and the two are as close as ever.Fox repeatedly credits her as the person who taught him how to never lose hope, even in the darkest times.
During Fox’s talk with Leary, the “Teen Wolf” actor referred to his 2018 spinal cord surgery he submitted to in order to keep from falling down constantly.
While the surgery was for him to have a much better quality of life, it took a long time for Fox to recover from it, and in the process he had to go through intense physical therapy before he could walk on his own again.
"It was a rough year and I fell a lot. After I had the spinal surgery, I had to learn to walk again. I was really cocky about it and walking with no aids or cane,” Fox told Leary.
"Each step is a new adventure. I might fall down, but I might not fall down. I might go this way, I might go backward. Who knows? That doesn't suck. That's all right," the ever-positive star shared.