Michael J. Fox has announced that he will be returning to television to guest star in the T.V. series “The Good Wife” on CBS.
The Canadian-American actor has been all but forgotten on television sets across the country as the phenomenal young actor who brought us Marty McFly in the Back to the Future Trilogy, as well as on Family Ties as Alex, for which he won three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe.
“The Good Wife” is a legal drama based in modern day America in which Alicia Florrick, played by Julianna Margulies, begins work as a litigator, following her husband’s ugly imprisonment for a sex scandal. The series follows her continued effort to both provide for her two young children and attempt to rebuild a reputation taken to the slaughter house by her husband. Fox is set to play an antagonist in the show to guest star opposite Margulies.
Though he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1991, he didn’t go public with it until 1998. Since then Fox has mainly focused on his strive for a cure, founding the Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Foundation in 2000. Recently, however, it was released to the press that the 49 year old actor will be returning to the screen to play a “shrewd and cynical” lawyer as a guest star one the popular television series.
Though Fox has done quite a few voice acting jobs since his retreat from live acting, perhaps most notably in the Stuart Little films, his last live acting performance was in the 2002 film, Interstate 60.
With this sudden return to the acting scene, one has to wonder if Fox will begin pursuing more roles, cameos, or perhaps even a new starring role. Just under 50, however, it goes without saying that the stereotypical, spunky, teenage Michael J. Fox we’re used to seeing simply won’t be there.
So what will the new Michael J. Fox style be? “The Good Wife” role he is set to play, as previously stated above, is that of a savvy lawyer. Will he be typecast again or add a new versatility to his acting ability?
The teenager is gone, but the actor lives on. Can Michael J. Fox become successful as the time comes ever so close to the 2015 date to which he traveled in 1985. Well, since we can’t go Back to the Future, only time will tell.