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.
- Received an honorary doctor of laws degree on May 22nd 2008 from the University of British Columbia.
- Was the first guest when Jon Stewart took over as host on The Daily Show, January 11, 1999.
- Went to the same school as 'Bryan Adams (I)' (qv) during the 1970s.
- While filming _Teen Wolf (1985)_ (qv), a location scout was in the same neighborhood, and Michael asked what company he was with. The scout said it was for the new 'Robert Zemeckis' (qv) movie called _Back to the Future (1985)_ (qv). Michael remarked how it sounded like a good movie and how he hoped someday he'd be part of a film like that. When 'Eric Stoltz' (qv) was fired as Marty McFly, on Back to the Future, Fox went on to replace him and the ambition came true.
- Ranked #23 in TV Guide's list of "TV's 25 Greatest Teen Idols" (23 January 2005 issue).
- He received his G.E.D. in 1995.
- 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.
- 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).