Fox gets lifetime achievement gong
Published 03/02/2011 | 12:22
Michael J Fox is set to receive a lifetime achievement award for his work on and off the screen, it has been announced.
The 49-year old is the recipient of the Golden Camera's International Lifetime Achievement Award in Germany, putting him in the company of previous winners Clint Eastwood, Robert De Niro and Jack Nicholson.
Ceremony organisers said: "Michael J. Fox was always able to make a special contribution to his movie roles using his youthful appearance, boyish charm and humour.
"With this award, however, we want to do more than pay tribute to this actor's artistic achievements that have entertained us for decades.
"We want to express our great admiration for the way he continues to fight Parkinson's disease both personally and through the work of his foundation.
"His work as an actor and the way he lives his life despite this disease demand our utmost respect and praise."
The actor will accept the trophy, presented by German listings magazine Horzu, on Saturday, in what is Germany's most-watched awards ceremony.
The star rose to fame in 1982 in sitcom Family Ties and went on to enjoy starring roles in Back To The Future trilogy.
He has written three best-selling books and The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, which he launched in 2000, has funded over 224 million dollars of research into the disease.