Michael J. Fox

Actor, Director, Guitar player
With two long-running sitcoms, multiple Emmy Awards and a top-grossing film series to his name, actor Michael J. Fox might have spent the rest of his life at the forefront of Hollywood's A-list, had the debilitating ... Read more »
Born: 06/08/1961 in Edmonton, Alberta, CA

Filmography

Actor (103)

The Good Wife 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Annie 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2009 - 2011, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Michael J. Fox Show 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Drew: The Man Behind the Poster 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The '80s: The Decade That Made Us 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Phineas and Ferb 2011 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Ninth Annual TV Land Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Rescue Me 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years...AFI's 10 Top 10 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

TV's Funniest Moments 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Boston Legal 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 2005 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

ABC 50th Anniversary Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Mouthing Off: 51 Greatest Smartasses 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Scrubs 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The E! True Hollywood Story: Heather Locklear 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Clone High 2003 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Comedy Central Roast of Denis Leary 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Interstate 60 2002 (Movie)

cameo appearance (Actor)

NBC 75th Anniversary Special 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Stuart Little 2 2002 (Movie)

of Stuart Little (Voice)

The Concert For New York City 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Atlantis: the Lost Empire 2001 (Movie)

of Milo James Thatcher (Voice)

David Blaine: Frozen in Time 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

GQ's 2000 Men of the Year Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Spin City 1991 - 1992, 1996 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Golden Hanger Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Meredith Baxter: Perfection & Reality 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2nd Annual Family Television Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

50th Emmy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Stuart Little 1999 (Movie)

of Stuart Little (Voice)

The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories 1991 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

I Am Your Child 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1996 Emmy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Walt Disney World's 25th Anniversary Party 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco 1996 (Movie)

of Chance (Voice)

Mars Attacks! 1996 (Movie)

Jason Stone (Actor)

The Frighteners 1996 (Movie)

Frank Bannister (Actor)

Blue in the Face 1995 (Movie)

Peter (Actor)

Coldblooded 1995 (Movie)

Tim Alexander (Actor)

Don't Drink the Water 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The American President 1995 (Movie)

Lewis Rothschild (Actor)

Greedy 1994 (Movie)

Daniel McTeague Jr (Actor)

Where the Rivers Flow North 1994 (Movie)

Clayton Farnsworth (Actor)

For Love Or Money 1993 (Movie)

Doug Ireland (Actor)

Homeward Bound: the Incredible Journey 1993 (Movie)

of Chance--The Bulldog (Voice)

Life With Mikey 1993 (Movie)

Michael Chapman (Actor)

James Cagney: Top of the World 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Laugh: Memories of the Cosby Show 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Doc Hollywood 1991 (Movie)

Ben Stone (Actor)

The Hard Way 1991 (Movie)

Nick Lang (Actor)

The Trap 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Back to the Future III 1990 (Movie)

Seamus McFly (Actor)

Sex, Buys & Advertising 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Back to the Future II 1989 (Movie)

Marty McFly (Actor)

Casualties of War 1989 (Movie)

Eriksson (Actor)

Family Ties 1982 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Mickey's 60th Birthday Special 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Bright Lights, Big City 1988 (Movie)

Jamie Conway (Actor)

Dear America: Letters Homes From Vietnam 1988 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Funny, You Don't Look 200 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 39th Annual Emmy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 40th Annual Emmy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Bruce Willis: The Return of Bruno 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Light of Day 1987 (Movie)

Joe Rasnick--"The Barbusters" Band Member (Actor)

The 38th Annual Emmy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Secret of My Success 1987 (Movie)

Brantley Foster (Actor)

Bob Hope Buys NBC? 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 58th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (03/24/86) 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (12/10/85) 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The NBC All-Star Hour 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Back to the Future 1985 (Movie)

Marty McFly (Actor)

Battle of the Network Stars XVII 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Poison Ivy 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Teen Wolf 1985 (Movie)

Scott Howard (Actor)

The Night of 100 Stars II 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars XVI 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

High School U.S.A. 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Homemade Comedy Special 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Class of 1984 1982 (Movie)

Arthur (Actor)

Palmerstown U.S.A. 1979 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Midnight Madness 1980 (Movie)

Scott (Actor)

Family Ties Vacation (TV Show)

Actor

Letters From Frank (TV Show)

Actor
Music (2)

Light of Day 1987 (Movie)

("Rude Mood" "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" "It's All Coming Down Tonight" "You've Got No Place to Go" "Light Of Day") (Song Performer)

Light of Day 1987 (Movie)

("You've Got No Place to Go") (Song)
Director (1)

Brooklyn Bridge 1991 - 1992, 1996 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director
Producer (1)

Coldblooded 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

With two long-running sitcoms, multiple Emmy Awards and a top-grossing film series to his name, actor Michael J. Fox might have spent the rest of his life at the forefront of Hollywood's A-list, had the debilitating symptoms of Parkinson's disease not limited the actor's screen career. The Canadian actor was one of the biggest stars of the 1980s, first embodying the Reagan-era culture clash with his role as an aspiring yuppie teen on the sitcom "Family Ties" (NBC, 1982-89). He parlayed his flawless comic timing and clean-cut good looks into a successful film career as amiable boys-next-door, including one with access to a havoc-wreaking time machine in the mega blockbuster "Back to the Future" franchise. Fox challenged his image with grittier roles in films like "Bright Lights Big City" (1988), but more consistently scored as officious young professionals, like his starring role as deputy mayor on the sitcom "Spin City" (ABC, 1996-2002). In 1998, Fox disclosed that he had been diagnosed with the neurological disorder, Parkinson's disease, and semi-retired from acting in 2000, occasionally surfacing as a sitcom guest and voice actor in animated family films including the "Stuart Little" (1999) series. But with this new calling, Fox dedicated himself to publicizing the need for increased stem cell research for his disease as well as many other afflictions. While Fox's steady presence was missed on primetime, his inspirational advocacy on behalf of Parkinson's sufferers ultimately left a more important legacy than his roster of popular comedies.

Relationships

Bill Fox

Father
Died of a heart attack in 1990

Kelli Fox Actor

Sister
Born in 1964

Phyllis Fox

Mother
Showing no favoritism, she placed Michael's first Emmy in the same family trophy case with bowling and bridge trophies

Aquinnah Fox

Daughter
Born Feb. 15, 1995; twin of Schuyler; mother, Tracy Pollan; name was a Native American word meaning "beautiful colors by the sea"

Esme Fox

Daughter
Born Nov. 3, 2001; mother, Tracy Pollan

Schuyler Fox

Daughter
Born Feb. 15, 1995; twin of Aquinnah; mother, Tracy Pollan

Sam Fox

Son
Born May 30, 1989; mother, Tracy Pollan Named Mr. Golden Globe 2012

Karen Fox

Sister

Jacki Fox

Sister

Steven Fox

Brother

Nancy McKeon Actor

Companion
Briefly dated in the 1980s

Tracy Pollan Actor

Wife
Married July 17, 1988 Worked together on "Family Ties" (NBC) and "Bright Lights, Big City" (1988); Pollan also appeared with Fox on a 1997 episode of "Spin City" (ABC) as an old girlfriend

EDUCATION

Burnaby South Secondary

Dropped out in his senior year and arrived in Hollywood without money or job prospects

Earned high school equivalency degree in 1994

Milestones

2011

Joined cast of CBS' "The Good Wife" as a wily and cynical attorney afflicted with a neurological condition, which he exploits to sway jurors and potential clients

2010

Earned Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word for the album A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To The Future...

2009

Guest starred on "Rescue Me" (FX) as Janet's (Andrea Roth) love interest

2009

Earned Grammy nomination in Best Spoken Word category for Always Looking Up

2009

Traveled the world and sought out examples of what makes people from different cultures their happiest as host of the one-hour ABC special "Michael J. Fox: Adventures of an Incurable Optimist"

2006

Played a business tycoon who suffers from cancer on three episodes of ABC's "Boston Legal"; earned an Emmy nomination

2004

Guest starred on "Scrubs" (NBC) as a surgeon with obsessive-compulsive disorder

2003

Wrote and produced the ABC sitcom pilot "Hench at Home" about a forcibly retired pro hockey player's home life

2003

Released the bestselling memoir Lucky Man

2002

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame

2001

Provided the voice for the leading explorer in the Disney animated feature "Atlantis: The Lost Empire"

1999

Voiced the title character in the feature "Stuart Little"; returned for 2002 sequel "Stuart Little 2"

1998

Publicly disclosed his 1991 diagnosis of Parkinson's disease in an interview with People magazine (November); also revealed he underwent brain surgery to alleviate tremors

1997

Re-teamed with director Rob Reiner for the musical comedy special "I Am Your Child" (ABC)

1996

Re-teamed with Zemeckis (this time as executive producer) for Peter Jackson directed feature "The Frighteners"

1996

Returned to series TV playing mayoral aide Michael Flaherty on ABC sitcom "Spin City"; also executive produced; announced plans to leave the show in 2001 to concentrate on raising money and awareness for Parkinson's disease; remained on as an executive pr

1996

Joined the all-star cast of Tim Burton's "Mars Attacks!"

1996

Reprised Chance for "Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco"

1995

Appeared in Wayne Wang and Paul Auster's improvizational "Blue in the Face"

1995

Delivered dead-on portrayal of advisor to "The American President"

1995

Producing debut, "Coldblooded"; also appeared in a cameo

1994

Portrayed Alex Magee in ABC movie version of Woody Allen's "Don't Drink the Water"

1993

Provided the voice of Chance (the Bulldog) in "Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey"

1993

Played rare supporting turn as a heavy in "Where the River Flows North"

1992

Helmed "Rainy Day" episode of "Brooklyn Bridge" (CBS), re-teaming with executive produce and creator Gary David Goldberg, who worked on "Family Ties"

1991

Made TV directorial debut with an episode of HBO's "Tales From the Crypt"

1989

Reprised role of Marty McFly in "Back to the Future II" (1989) and "Back to the Future III" (1990), both directed by Zemeckis; also played multiple roles in both sequels

1989

Delivered fine dramatic turn as the conscience-stricken soldier in Brian De Palma's Vietnam drama "Casualties of War"

1988

Starred as a young Midwesterner whose NYC life is coming apart at the seams in "Bright Lights, Big City"

1987

Acted opposite rocker Joan Jett in Paul Schrader's "Light of Day"

1986

Directed first short, "The Iceman Hummeth" for "David Letterman's 2nd Annual Holiday Film Festival" (NBC)

1985

Feature debut in a leading role, playing Marty McFly in Robert Zemeckis' "Back to the Future"

1982

Achieved fame as Alex P Keaton, the conservative elder son of two former hippies on popular NBC sitcom "Family Ties"

1980

Made TV series debut as a regular on "Palmerstown U.S.A." (CBS)

1980

Made film debut in "Midnight Madness"

1979

TV-movie acting debut, "Letters From Frank" (CBS); encouraged by Art Carney to pursue acting in Los Angeles, CA

1976

Made professional acting debut on the CBC series "Leo and Me"

Formed Snowback Productions with Matt Tolmach

Raised in Canada

Added middle initial 'J' to his professional name to distinguish him from the other Michael Fox (a much older character actor)

Bonus Trivia

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"Suddenly, yeah, I had the No. 1 and No. 2 movies and the No. 2 television show in the country. And I had a Ferrari and all the money I could eat, and I had girls and it was really wild. I remember one time we taped an episode of 'Family Ties' and we left the Paramount lot in a limo for some reason, and we were going up Gower from Melrose and took a left on Sunset and went by that big kitschy theater, Cinerama Dome. It was playing 'Back to the Future' and there were lines around the block. I'd had a few beers at this point, so I popped my head out the sunroof and howled or crowed – I don't know what I did – and we got pulled over by a cop. Then this other cop comes running up...'What are you doing? Do you know who that is? That's Michael J. Fox!' I said to myself, 'This is f*cking weird. Two years ago, these were the guys who were emptying my beers and ripping my cigarettes apart looking for joints in my car.'" – Fox quoted in Interview magazine, Aug. 1996

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Fox began watching tapes in a hotel room in New Zealand where he was making "The Frighteners": "My [twin] daughters had just been born and I was halfway around the world from my family. I was lonely. People were sending me shows to entertain me. 'Seinfeld,' 'Friends,' 'Ellen,' 'The Larry Sanders Show'. I was watching this stuff, and thinking, 'Wow,' like it was really great. 'David Schwimmer is really kicking ass. Jason Alexander is so good. And Shandling and Rip Torn. This is where things are happening.' And I thought, 'Can I still do that? Yeah. I can. That's what I do. And I want to do it again.'" – Fox to TV Guide, Sept. 30, 1996

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"When we did the research for the initial pilot of 'Spin City,' people in the different focus groups loved it. But what was funny was what they said about his character: About half the people thought he had the best interest of the city at heart, was altruistic, cared about the mayor, cared about everyone, and they loved him. The other half thought he was self-serving, conniving, only out for himself and they loved him. It just didn't matter what their take on his character was. They just liked him." – Gary David Goldberg, creator-producer of "Family Ties" and "Spin City" in Biography magazine, November 1997

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"What I've learned through having Parkinson's and doing my work and not telling people about it is that whatever I'm perceived to be doing, I'm doing something else. I'm managing a physical situation. It taught me great discipline and an awareness of what I can expect from myself." – Fox to GQ, November 1999

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"Parkinson's isn't a big thing in my house. It hasn't impacted the kids. Our family is very normal. Tracy makes fun of me. The kids are all smart-asses. They all have a sense of humor. Someone will ask if their daddy is okay, and they'll say, 'Yeah, but he's a pain in the ass today.'" – Fox to People magazine, April 12, 2004

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On July 18, 2006, Fox appeared in a taped interview on ABC's "Good Morning America," defending a Senate bill (Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act) that would have expanded federal funding for stem cell research. The bill was not enacted, however, being vetoed by President George W. Bush.

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"I can't always control my body the way I want to, and I can't control when I feel good or when I don't. I can control how clear my mind is. And I can control how willing I am to step up if someone needs me." – Fox to Esquire magazine, January 2008

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On March 5, 2010, Fox received an honorary degree of medicine for his work to raise funds and awareness for Parkinson's disease by Sweden's Karolinska institute. The institute also awarded the annual Nobel Prize in medicine.

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