Jun. 9th, 1961
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Michael J. Fox's Main TV Roles
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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.
- When filming _Doc Hollywood (1991)_ (qv), he noticed his finger twitching. He was unable to control it. He then saw a doctor and was diagnosed with Parkinson's.
- His best-known roles, Alex Keaton and Marty McFly, both contain numerous references to 'Ronald Reagan (I)' (qv). Alex Keaton is a conservative Republican whose hero is Ronald Reagan. In _Back to the Future (1985)_ (qv), Marty informs an incredulous Doc Brown that Ronald Reagan, the actor, becomes the President of the United States. In _Back to the Future Part II (1989)_ (qv), Marty goes into the Cafe 80s, which is "hosted" by a computer-generated video image of President Reagan. In _Back to the Future Part III (1990)_ (qv), Michael almost got to work with Reagan himself. By this time Reagan's second term was drawing to a close, if not already over, so director 'Robert Zemeckis' (qv) offered him the role of the 1885 mayor of Hill Valley (which may have been in reference to Reagan's first public office, that of Governor of California). Reagan declined.
- According to an interview with Fox, he originally decided to use the middle initial J instead of his own A because he didn't want teen magazines to use headlines such as "Michael, A Fox!".
- Received an honorary star on the 10th Annual Canadian Walk of Fame. [September 2008].
- 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.
- 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).
- Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1985" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 37.
- Once lived in Montreal, Quebec.