Nightly News | September 25, 2013
>>> finally tonight michael j. fox is back on this network where he made his bones and became a star. this time around he plays a guy returning to work while living with park son's, just like michael j. fox . he sat down with nbc's willie geist whose own dad is waging a fight with parken son's to talk about his return and being an inspiration to a lot of people.
>> reporter: he burst onto our tv sets in the '80s as alex p. keaton on "family ties".
>> you evr life depends on it!
>> my uncle has alzheimer's.
>> i have parkinson 's.
>> either way.
>> reporter: now 22 years after his diagnose know sis, michael j. fox is making a full-time return to television.
>> we are starving.
>> reporter: in the nbc comedy "the michael j. fox show." fox plays mike henry , a family man and tv anchor returning to work five years after parkinson 's put his career on hold.
>> we love you, bro!
>> reporter: you got your diagnose know sis -- diagnosis when you were 30. that must have flattened you.
>> it came with a prognosis that i would have maybe ten years left to work. i was just married. my son was just born.
>> for people living with parkinson 's, the status quo is not enough.
>> reporter: he gave strength to one million americans living with the disease, my own father among them. i'm on the board of the michael j. fox foundation. the greatest compliment i can pay you is when i my dad went through the decision of whether or not to be public with it, i can point to you. i can point to michael j. fox and say, look what he's done with it. do you have a sense for the way you have inspired people?
>> i don't look at myself as a leader. i do look at myself as part of the community. i'm a visible member of the community. if i can set the example for people and make them feel that you don't have to shut it down. you don't have to withdraw. it doesn't have to be life-t shattering, life-end ing or life-destroying or anything. just be a new thing that pushes you to a new place.