The Michael J. Fox Show/NBC/2013-2014 (Parkinson’s Disease)
Michael “Mike” Henry (Michael J. Fox), beloved TV news anchor diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease who initially left his job to focus on his health and family, but returned four years later to pick up his career at WNBC in New York, despite his disability.
Mike’s colleagues at work included Kay Costa (Ana Nogueira), Mike’s assistant; Harris Green (Wendell Pierce), Mike’s boss and best friend; and Mike’s coworkers, Susan Rodriguez-Jones (Ann Heche), mean news reporter and Mike’s newsroom nemesis; and Doug (Jason Katims).
After a long day on the job, Mike returned home to his overprotective wife, Annie (Betsy Brandt), his daughter, Eve (Juliette Goglia), an aspiring novelist; and his two boys, Ian (Conor Romero), the eldest; and Graham (Jack Gore), the younger son, whom Mike taught to ride a bike.
And then, there was Andy (David Furr), Henry’s doorman; Mike’s sister, Leigh Henry (Katie Finneran) who moves in with the family when a bed bug infestation forces her out of her home; and Mike’s parents, Steve and Beth (Charles Grodin and Candice Bergen) who visit on Thanksgiving.
Note: The comedy series was inspired by actor Michael J. Fox who also suffers from Parkinson’s Disease. Fox served as the show’s executive producer.
Born Michal Andrew Fox on June 9, 1961 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, actor Michael J. Fox left his TV series SPIN CITY, much like his character Mike Henry. And in later years, he returned to entertainment and appeared on such shows as BOSTON LEGAL, RESCUE ME, SCRUBS and THE GOOD WIFE.