Jun. 9th, 1961
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Guest
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.
- 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.
- Negotiated the deal for _"Family Ties" (1982)_ (qv) from a phone booth outside a now defunct Pioneer Chicken restaurant in Hollywood because he had no phone at home. He was told the network would need to call, and he said he was only home between the hours of four and five. He waited for the call, and fortunately he was there to answer it and secure the Family Ties role.
- He, 'Jim Carrey' (qv) and the late 'Raymond Burr' (qv) head the list of top Canadians in U.S. television compiled by Banff Television Festival, June 2002.
- Received his Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star on December 16th 2002.
- 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.
- Received an honorary star on the 10th Annual Canadian Walk of Fame. [September 2008].
- Has a theatre named after him located in his hometown of Burnaby, B.C., Canada.
- Quit high school before graduating from his senior year. Has said he regrets quitting high school as a "stupid youthful mistake."