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Michael J. Fox Goes 'Back to the Future' for 'Johnny B. Goode'

Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd in "Back to the Future 2"
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He never learned to read or write so well, but Michael J. Fox can play his guitar just like ringing a bell.

That's the lesson he taught audiences at the A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson's benefit in New York City where the actor wowed the crowd with a rocking rendition of Chuck Berry's classic hit "Johnny B. Goode."

Fox, who has been suffering with Parkinson's since 1991, reprised his classic performance of the song from "Back to the Future," in which Marty McFly gives some high-schoolers in 1955 an early introduction to the world of rock n' roll, complete with his bright red guitar and signature charisma.

However, unlike in the original film, in which Fox relied on other musicians to hammer out the tune for him while he simulated the performance on guitar, at the benefit, the actor not only played and sang the song himself, and in doing so, blew some of the night's other guests out of the water.

Proceeds from the evening, which included guests Ricky Gervais, Julianna Margulies, Rachael Ray, Kid Cudi, Ryan Reynolds and Elizabeth Berkley, benefitted the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

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