Burnaby actor Michael J. Fox received an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of British Columbia yesterday for using his achievements in film and television to advocate for Parkinson’s disease patients.

UBC provost and vice-president academic, David Farrar, introduced the star of Back To The Future and Spin City to a class of graduating students.

“Teen Wolf. Marty McFly. Alex. P. Keaton. Whatever acting role Michael J. Fox has played, I think to many of us in this room, he has always been the kid from Burnaby who went to Hollywood and made it big,” said Farrar.


The “humbled” star founded the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research in 2000 after being diagnosed with the disease in 1991. The foundation has raised more than $120 million.

Fox said he’s thankful he had the opportunity to work “for real impact” on the world.