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Ryan Reynolds Says Michael J. Fox Helped His Father 'Feel Less Alone' During Battle With Parkinson's

The 'Deadpool' star credited Fox with helping his father, who died in 2015, 'feel less alone' during his battle with Parkinson's disease in a poignant essay for 'Time' magazine's '100 Most Influential People of 2024.'

Ryan Reynolds; Michael J. Fox
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In an essay for Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2024, Ryan Reynolds paid tribute to Michael J. Fox, crediting the actor with helping his late father James "feel less alone" in his battle with Parkinson's disease.

Reynolds recalled meeting Fox 17 years ago and witnessing his dedication to Parkinson's research. He described Fox as more than just a movie star, going further into his compassion and resilience in facing the challenges of Parkinson's.

“It’d be kinda lazy to simply regard him as a movie star who shaped the lives of people all over the planet with a uniquely electric wit and self-aware charm. He’s the sum of these beautiful parts. And so many more.”

Reynolds named his eldest daughter after his late father, who passed away in 2015 after a nearly 20-year battle with Parkinson's. He said that his father's diagnosis, rather than divide their family, brought them together to help out.

“It kind of galvanized everybody else, to sort of seek resources. And for us, in a strange way, it’s really kind of brought us together.”

Reynolds has been actively involved with the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research since 2009, working towards finding a cure for the disease.

In a recent interview, Fox sang Reynolds' praises as well, highlighting his intelligence and that "everything he touches is gold."

People were moved by the lovely tribute.

They commended Reynolds on the writing.

Many folks confessed to shedding a tear or two while reading.

The tribute brought up many folks' memories of Michael J. Fox, both as a celebrity and his various roles.

A few commentors added their own stories of how Fox's efforts had helped them.

Some folks pointed out that both actors are Canadian.

Not just Canadians, but good men.

Time's List of 100 Most Influential People 2024 is up.