Jun. 9th, 1961
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Guest
Dr. Kevin Casey
Michael J. Fox, (born Michael Andrew Fox; June 9, 1961) is a Canadian American actor, author, producer, activist and voice-over artist. With a film and television career spanning from the late 1970s, Fox's roles have included Marty McFly from the Back to the Future trilogy (1985–1990); Alex P. Keaton from Family Ties (1982–1989) for which he won three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award; Mike Flaherty from Spin City (1996–2000), for which he won an Emmy, three Golden Globes, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards; and Private Max Eriksson in the Brian DePalma film Casualties of War. Fox's middle initial "J" does not stand for anything. His birth name is Michael Andrew Fox but when he registered for the Screen Actors Guild, the name "Michael Fox" was already taken. Fox said he did not want to register "Michael A. Fox" because it presented a play on words, and that he was paying homage to actor Michael J. Pollard. Born Michael Andrew Fox in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Moving several times during the course of his childhood, Michael and his family settled in Burnaby, a suburb of Vancouver. At the age of 15 he made his professional acting debut in the situation comedy Leo and Me (1981). Moving to Los Angeles at the age of 18, Fox appeared in several small parts and a television series, Palmerstown, U.S.A. (1980), before landing the role that would bring him to prominence in Family Ties (1982). Some of his other films include Bright Lights, Big City (1988), The Hard Way (1991), Light of Day (1987), Doc Hollywood (1991) and the three Back to the Future films.
- As he revealed in his autobiography "Lucky Man", he happened to be sitting right next to 'Princess Diana' (qv) at the world premiere of _Back to the Future (1985)_ (qv).
- Received an honorary star on the 10th Annual Canadian Walk of Fame. [September 2008].
- Ranked #23 in TV Guide's list of "TV's 25 Greatest Teen Idols" (23 January 2005 issue).
- Mother is actress 'Phyllis Fox' (qv).
- Brother-in-law of 'Michael Pollan' (qv).
- Due to his suffering from Parkinson's Disease, during his run on _"Spin City" (1996)_ (qv), he often hid his left hand in his pocket.
- In 1982, appeared on the first episode of the 'Peter Marshall (I)' (qv) wish-fulfilling show _"Fantasy" (1982)_ (qv). Marshall mentioned that Fox was a great fan of 'James Cagney' (qv), then drew Fox's attention to a video screen. Cagney appeared in a taped statement, telling Fox "Keep a-goin'!" This brought tears to Fox's eyes. Marshall then announced that Cagney had personally selected Fox to play him in a developing biopic about the legendary actor. Fox was overwhelmed with joy, but sadly, the film never got made.
- His quote "Pain is temporary, film is forever" is from the movie _Three O'Clock High (1987)_ (qv).