By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated December 17, 2002 11:00 AM

There’s a new star on Hollywood Boulevard, and it belongs to Michael J. Fox.

The “Family Ties,” Back to the Future” and “Spin City” favorite, 41, was honored with his own star on Hollywood’s legendary Walk of Fame. At its unveiling Monday, he said: “Acting is a great thing to do for a living, to do something you love, and to hear all the time that maybe you’ve done something to make people happy.”

His production company, Lottery Hill Entertainment, recently sold a pilot to ABC for a sitcom about a retired hockey player’s transition to fatherhood. “It’s no more than that, and it’s no less than that. It’s just that, and it’s great,” Fox told reporters at the Hollywood ceremony, according to the Associated Press.

Fox’s star is the 2,209th such plaque on the pavement. His spot is in front of the Hollywood Galaxy Theatre complex.

Fox, who has Parkinson’s disease, has been devoting time to campaigning for funding for research into the illness, with which he has lived for more than 10 years. He first revealed that he has Parkinson’s just over two years ago in PEOPLE.

Much of his acting work is now is focused on voiceover work for such animated films as “Stuart Little” and “Atlantis: The Lost Empire.”

This year, his autobiography, “Lucky Man” (in which he revealed how his disease nearly destroyed his marriage after he turned to drinking after the diagnosis), spent 21 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list.