Leo and Me
|Leo and Me|
|Created by||Merv Campone|
|Starring||Michael J. Fox
Charles W. Gray
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of episodes||12|
|Running time||approx. 0:30 (per episode)|
|Original network||CBC Television|
|Original release||May 29, 1976 – 1981|
Leo (Brent Carver) was a carefree, hard-living Italian adventurer who had won a large, decrepit yacht in a poker game, and had taken his orphaned nephew Jamie (Michael J. Fox) to live with him. Leo and Jamie lived on the yacht moored in the harbour. Leo's charm and good luck guided him through tricky but humorous situations and his young sidekick's adept mind helped the pair get out of trouble.
In 2002, an investigation was launched into Leo and Me after an unusual cluster of Parkinson's disease cases was noted among former cast and crew members of the show. Fox and director Don Williams were among the four with the disease, along with a writer and a cameraman.
When asked about the cluster by Howard Stern in a September 25, 2013, interview on The Howard Stern Show, Michael J. Fox stated, "Believe it or not, from a scientific point of view, that's not significant." Donald Calne, a Vancouver neurologist, said the incidence of Parkinson's in society is about 1 in 300, but that four of the 125 people on the Vancouver set of Leo and Me developed the disease. Calne said, "It could be coincidence. But it's intriguing, it might be something they were exposed to."
- Atkins, Lucy (April 4, 2002). "Can you catch Parkinson's?". The Guardian. Retrieved January 23, 2011.
- Rocca, Liz (March 27, 2002). "Michael J. Fox part of B.C. Parkinson's 'cluster'". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved January 23, 2011.
- "Leo and Me (1981) - News". Internet Movie Database. March 27, 2002. Retrieved January 23, 2011.
- Stern, Howard (September 25, 2013). The Howard Stern Show (satellite radio). Sirius XM Radio.
Believe it or not, from a scientific point of view, that's not significant.
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