Michael J. Fox was supported by his family along with Back To The Future co-star, Christopher Lloyd, as he gratefully accepted a high honor at the 13th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday in Los Angeles.
The now retired actor, 61, received the honorary Oscar known as the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award which is given to an individual, ‘whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.’
The Back To The Future alum was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 1991, and created the Michael J. Fox Foundation to help fund further research for the disorder in 2000.
Support: Michael J. Fox, 61, was accompanied by his wife, Tracy Pollan, and their four children at the 13th Annual Governors Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday
The Spin City star kept his look classic and sophisticated for the special night as an honoree.
He donned a black suit which he paired with a white dress shirt and black tie. The actor slipped into a pair of black sneakers to complete his overall ensemble.
The Emmy award-winner posed for an assortment of snaps next to his stunning wife, who was elegantly chic for the evening. The happy couple, who tied the knot in 1988, first met on set of the popular sitcom series, Family Ties.
Tracy opted for a form-fitting, long-sleeved black sequin gown that fell down towards the ground.
The actress accessorized her look with dangly, silver earrings along with thin, rhinestone necklace. Her hair was parted in the middle and swept up into a stylish up do, allowing curled locks to border the sides of her face.
Happy couple: The talented actor met his wife on set of the hit sitcom, Family Ties, and the two tied the knot in 1988
Family photo: The talented actor was also joined by his four children so they could be by their father’s side during the special evening
In an interview published by People last month in October, Michael expressed that, ‘My best life now is I enjoy my family so much.’
He further added that, ‘Tracy and the kids are amazing. I know that sounds boring, it sounds like a fairy tale, but we’ve been married thirtysomething years, so we’ve got something figured out.’
Also in attendance at the ceremony to be by their father’s side included his four children whom he shares with Tracy: Sam, 33, twins Aquinnah and Schulyer, both 27, and Esme, 21.
During the ceremony, Woody Harrelson presented the award to Michael, and they shared a brief embrace on the stage. The two stars are not only good friends, but have also worked together in the past on the film, Doc Hollywood (1991).
By his side: Michael and Tracy share four children together, Sam, 33, Esme, 21, and twins Aquinnah and Schulyer, both 27
Special moment: Woody Harrelson presented the honorary Oscar to Michael during the ceremony and the two actors shared a quick embrace on the stage
Past work: he two stars are not only good friends, but have also worked together in the past on the film, Doc Hollywood (1991)
Saying a few words: The actor was pictured giving a moving speech after accepting the honorary award on stage
Retired: Michael made the decision to retire from his acting career due to his health condition, but expressed his gratitude to receive the honorary Oscar earlier Saturday evening
Although Michael has never been nominated for an Oscar, and has additionally retired from acting in 2020 due to his condition, his humanitarian work has not gone unnoticed from those in the motion picture industry.
According to Deadline, Academy President David Rubin stated, ‘Michael J. Fox’s tireless advocacy of research on Parkinson’s disease alongside his boundless optimism exemplifies the impact of one person in changing the future for millions.’
The star was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 1991, at the age of 29-years-old. He didn’t go public with the news of his diagnosis until later in 1998.
The disorder affects the central nervous system, with some common symptoms like tremors, impaired movement and speech changes, progressively worsening over time, according to Mayo Clinic.
In 2000, the star launched the Michael J. Fox Foundation to help fund more research into treatments and potential cures for the disorder. Currently, the organization has raised around $1.5 billion.
When recently talking to Entertainment Tonight about receiving the honorary Oscar for his humanitarian efforts, Tracy stated the honor was ‘exciting’ while Michael jokingly added, ‘celebrating me is overrated.’
Other support: Michael’s Back To The Future co-star, Christopher Lloyd, was also in attendance to cheer on his pal as he accepted the award; Christopher seen at the ceremony with his wife, Lisa
Recent collaboration: The two actors recently worked together to launch a special Back To The Future line
Christopher Lloyd, who notably starred alongside Michael in the beloved Back To The Future franchise, was also in attendance at the ceremony.
He had the chance to cheer on his former co-star and witness the retired actor accepting the special honorary Oscar on Saturday evening.
The two stars, who have remained close over the years, recently collaborated to launch a special Back To The Future merchandise line.
‘Great Scott!’ he had written on a recent Twitter post to announce the big news. ‘Our first ever Back To the Future merchandise store that @RealMikeFox and I designed is finally here!’
A photo of the Michael and Christopher was added to the tweet, with the two wearing matching shirts from the line.
Still close: After many years, both Michael and Christopher have still remained close friends; the two seen at New York Comic Con in October
Humanitarian work: In 2000, the star launched the Michael J. Fox Foundation to help fund more research into treatments and potential cures for the disorder; the actor and his wife seen in NYC in October
In an emotional interview with People in October, the Back To The Future star said his condition ‘got worse’ and he became uncharacteristically ‘short with people’ after he broke his cheek, hand, shoulder and arm and his mother Phyllis died aged 92 over the past year.
The actor had previously cited 2018 as one of his worst years, when he had spinal cord surgery to remove a tumor, after which he broke his left arm.
He said: ‘I broke my cheek, then my hand, then my shoulder, had a replacement shoulder put in and broke my [right] arm, then I broke my elbow. I’m 61 years old, and I’m feeling it a little bit more.’
‘I was never really a cranky guy, but I got very cranky and short with people. I try to nip it in the bud,’ the talented star added.
‘I always think of these aides who work with me. And I often say to them, ‘Whatever I say, just imagine I said ‘please’ at the beginning and ‘thank you’ at the end. Just take a second and absorb that I might have said that if I was more myself, but I didn’t, so I apologize.’