Michael J. Fox
Since last year he has lobbied Congress for more money; lately he has been getting his organization's Web site up and running (the goal is to make www.michaeljfox.org a comprehensive clearinghouse for information on research, treatment options and funding sources). He also is at work on his autobiography, but Fox, who collected his fourth Emmy Award in September, hasn't abandoned show business. He is developing a sitcom for his wife, actress Tracy Pollan, 40, and he consults on Spin City, where he continues to be credited as executive producer. He's "very happy," he says, with this season's show and its new star Charlie Sheen, whom he calls "very funny and yet very subtle." The cast and crew, however, remain devastated by Fox's departure. "We miss him and talk about him every day," says creator Gary David Goldberg. "Before we tape the show, we usually start by talking about him to the audience."
Fox tunes in Wednesday nights from his apartment in New York City—where son Sam, 11, and 5-year-old twin daughters Schuyler and Aquinnah attend school—or the family's house in rural western Connecticut. He admits that his Parkinson's symptoms—slow or clumsy movements, garbled speech, tremors—are tough to control even with medication. And yet Fox refuses to let illness drag him down. "Every time I see him, it's 'I'm off to here, and I'm off to there,' " says former Spin City cast-mate Heather Locklear. "He makes it all seem so easy."