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.
- 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.
- Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1985" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 37.
- Admits there was a period when he was living, and working in the US illegally, and would not return to Canada, for fear of not being allowed back in to the US. Had to hire immigration lawyers to "straighten it all out".
- 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.
- Ranked #23 in TV Guide's list of "TV's 25 Greatest Teen Idols" (23 January 2005 issue).
- Received his first guitar for christmas when he was 8. He taught himself how to play.
- 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.
- _"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.