Jun. 9th, 1961
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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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.
- Adopted the "J." as an homage to character actor 'Michael J. Pollard' (qv).
- 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).
- 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.
- _"Family Ties" (1982)_ (qv) creator 'Gary David Goldberg' (qv) didn't like Michael after his first audition, stating that he played Alex too smart-alecky. Casting director 'Judith Weiner' (qv) fought for him, so Goldberg gave him one more chance. He approached the second audition differently and was later called and offered the part.
- Received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from New York University [May 2008].
- Michael J Fox was invited by Sandeep Marwah President AAFT to visit the Asian Academy Of Film and TV in film city Noida India to interact with film and acting students.
- Was the first guest when Jon Stewart took over as host on The Daily Show, January 11, 1999.
- Accidentally injured co-star 'James Woods (I)' (qv)'s finger on the set of _The Hard Way (1991)_ (qv). Woods was throwing him into a popcorn machine when his finger got caught in the button hole of Fox's jacket and dislocated it.