No, he's not just playing one on TV. Actor and hESCR advocate Michael J. Fox has been honored by Sweden's Karolinska Institute (the same outfit that selects the Nobel Prize winner in medicine) in recognition of his foundation's efforts, including donations of more than $175 million for drug research in the last 10 years, to combat Parkinson's disease. He was diagnosed with the disease in 1991. (Has it been that long?)
Not that Mr. Fox ought necessarily to be considered an over-hyped super hero, or compared to something even less charitable, but this is what I thought of immediately when I heard the news:
"Funding makes this bird go up."