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Michael J. Fox retires from acting due to decline in health

Michael J. Fox arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Feb. 26, 2017. A "Back to the Future" reunion is set for this year's Fan Expo Canada. Organizers say previously announced guest Michael J. Fox will now be joined by fellow "Back to the Future" stars Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Tom Wilson. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Invision - Richard Shotwell

A Canadian icon is saying farewell to the big screen.

On the heels of releasing his latest memoir ‘No Time Like The Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality’, Michael J. Fox revealed in the book that he’s retiring from acting.

“There is a time for everything,” he says, “and my time of putting in a 12-hour workday, and memorizing seven pages of dialogue, is best behind me,” according to the Los Angeles Times, who reviewed the book.

Fox discussed coming to terms with what he calls his ‘second retirement’ due to declining health from Parkinson’s. In his memoir, he explains that he’s dealing with increased memory loss and confusion.

Fox first retired from his starring role in the sitcom ‘Spin City‘, appearing sparingly in guest roles on some shows, including the comedy ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm‘.

The Canadian says him stepping away from acting isn’t “worthy of self-excoriation.”

“My work as an actor does not define me,” he adds.

Fox was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s in 1991 at the age of 29.

The Edmonton native is known for his roles in all three ‘Back to the Future‘ films, spanning from 1985 to 1990.

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