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


Actor (103)

The Good Wife 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)


Annie 2014 (Movie)


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


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


Drew: The Man Behind the Poster 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

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


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


Curb Your Enthusiasm 2011 (Tv Show)


Phineas and Ferb 2011 (Tv Show)


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


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


Rescue Me 2009 (Tv Show)


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


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


Boston Legal 2006 (Tv Show)


Inside the Actors Studio 2005 (Tv Show)


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


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


Scrubs 2004 (Tv Show)


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


Clone High 2003 (Tv Show)


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


Interstate 60 2002 (Movie)

cameo appearance (Actor)

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


Stuart Little 2 2002 (Movie)

of Stuart Little (Voice)

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


Atlantis: the Lost Empire 2001 (Movie)

of Milo James Thatcher (Voice)

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


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


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


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


Golden Hanger Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


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


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


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


50th Emmy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


Stuart Little 1999 (Movie)

of Stuart Little (Voice)

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


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


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


I Am Your Child 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


The 1996 Emmy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


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


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


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)


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)


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


Doc Hollywood 1991 (Movie)

Ben Stone (Actor)

The Hard Way 1991 (Movie)

Nick Lang (Actor)

The Trap 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


Back to the Future III 1990 (Movie)

Seamus McFly (Actor)

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


Back to the Future II 1989 (Movie)

Marty McFly (Actor)

Casualties of War 1989 (Movie)

Eriksson (Actor)

Family Ties 1982 - 1989 (TV Show)


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


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)


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


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


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


Light of Day 1987 (Movie)

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

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


The Secret of My Success 1987 (Movie)

Brantley Foster (Actor)

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


Comic Relief 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)


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


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


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


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


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


Back to the Future 1985 (Movie)

Marty McFly (Actor)

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


Poison Ivy 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)


Teen Wolf 1985 (Movie)

Scott Howard (Actor)

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


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


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


The Homemade Comedy Special 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)


Class of 1984 1982 (Movie)

Arthur (Actor)

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


Midnight Madness 1980 (Movie)

Scott (Actor)

Family Ties Vacation (TV Show)


Letters From Frank (TV Show)

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)

Producer (1)

Coldblooded 1995 (Movie)



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.


Bill Fox

Died of a heart attack in 1990

Kelli Fox Actor

Born in 1964

Phyllis Fox

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

Aquinnah Fox

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

Esme Fox

Born Nov. 3, 2001; mother, Tracy Pollan

Schuyler Fox

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

Sam Fox

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

Karen Fox


Jacki Fox


Steven Fox


Nancy McKeon Actor

Briefly dated in the 1980s

Tracy Pollan Actor

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


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



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


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


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


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


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"


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


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


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


Released the bestselling memoir Lucky Man


Received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Made film debut in "Midnight Madness"


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


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


"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


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


"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


"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


"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


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.


"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


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.