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.
- 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!".
- Revealed in the 7 December 1998 issue of People magazine that he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991.
- He donated many items to 'Rocky Stone (I)' (qv) to be given to less fortunate kids as part of the Toy Mountain Campaign.
- (January 2000) Announced he is leaving _"Spin City" (1996)_ (qv) because of Parkinson's disease.
- Received an honorary star on the 10th Annual Canadian Walk of Fame. [September 2008].
- Had a relationship with 'Claudia Wells (I)' (qv), his girlfriend in _Back to the Future (1985)_.
- Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1985" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 37.
- _"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.