Popular star of television and film Michael J. Fox took the stage at the Times-Union Center on October 13 to kick off the 2014-15 Florida Forum speaker series benefiting Wolfson Children's Hospital. He shared stories from his childhood and how he got his big break in his 40-year acting career when he was chosen to play Alex Keaton in the TV series Family Ties (where he met his wife Tracy), followed by his famous role in the Back to the Future movies. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease when he was only 29 years old, and since then he has devoted himself to advocating for research on the illness. Today he is as well known for his advocacy as for his acting. The diminutive actor was quite an entertaining speaker with his self-deprecating wit, drawing on his natural optimism and determination. Following a question-and-answer session with the audience, Fox attended a reception where he posed for photos.