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Michael J. Fox Inducted Into Order Of Canada

His extensive work fighting Parkinson's Disease is recognized at home.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Edmonton native and "Back to the Future" alum Michael J. Fox has been inducted into the Order of Canada. He received a medal with the likes of rock legend Robbie Robertson, hockey commentator Howie Meeker, Acadian filmmaker Phil Comeau, former cabinet minister Anne McLellan, and Trudeau biographer Stephen Clarkson.

Fox was named a distinguished Officer of the Order of Canada, along with 13 others, while another 29 became Members of the Order of Canada.

"I don't begin for a second to put myself in the league of any of these people," Fox said to the Canadian Press. "When I listen to what they've done, that's Canadian to me. It's a seriousness and a sense of humour, it's a lot of contradictions."

Fox first hit radars when he played Alex P. Keaton in the popular TV sitcom "Family Ties" from 1982-89. He also starred in the "Back to the Future" trilogy. Later on in his career he appeared in the program "Spin City," where he remained for a number of years, as well as several episodes of "Boston Legal," "Rescue Me" as well as "The Good Wife" most recently.

Fox is also known for his very public battle with Parkinson's Disease, which he was diagnosed with in 1999. He has since gone on to create The Michael J. Fox Foundation, which seeks to find a cure for the disease, and in March 2010, the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden honoured Fox with a honoris causa doctorate for his extensive work in studying and funding initiatives to cure Parkinson's.

"To be thought of and recognized as distinctly Canadian is just the highest honour," Fox told CTV's Canada AM Friday from Ottawa as reported by CTV. He was later invested by Governor General David Johnston.

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