Actor will play family man who has the disease

Michael J Fox is returning to full-time acting in a new comedy TV series – starring as a family man suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

The actor, who is best known for the Back To The Future movie trilogy, quit his last show Spin City in 2000 to focus on fighting his illness.

Now a new regimen of drugs is helping ease the symptoms.

After a bidding war, American TV network NBC has confirmed that it’s signed up Michael, 51, for the show, which is loosely based on his own struggle to balance family, career and Parkinson’s.

Michael is utterly relatable, optimistic, and in a class by himself,’ says NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt.

‘I have no doubt that the character he will create – and the vivid family characters surrounding him – will be both instantly recognisable and hilarious.’

Michael, who was diagnosed with the degenerative illness in 1991, has had cameo roles in series such as Scrubs in recent years and says he’s ‘extremely pleased’ to be working on the new show.

The dad-of-four, who has been married to actress Tracy Pollan for 24 years, will return to the screen for a 22-episode series which is due to air in the UK in 2013.

Anna Francis