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.
- (January 2000) Announced he is leaving _"Spin City" (1996)_ (qv) because of Parkinson's disease.
- Has a theatre named after him located in his hometown of Burnaby, B.C., Canada.
- When he was paying his dues as a struggling actor in Hollywood, he sold every last piece of furniture he owned shortly before he landed the role in Family Ties.
- 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 not the first choice to play Alex P. Keaton on _"Family Ties" (1982)_ (qv). He was only chosen after 'Matthew Broderick (I)' (qv), who was originally considered for the role, refused to have a long-term TV obligation.
- In 1982, appeared on the first episode of the 'Peter Marshall (I)' (qv) wish-fulfilling show _"Fantasy" (1982)_ (qv). Marshall mentioned that Fox was a great fan of 'James Cagney' (qv), then drew Fox's attention to a video screen. Cagney appeared in a taped statement, telling Fox "Keep a-goin'!" This brought tears to Fox's eyes. Marshall then announced that Cagney had personally selected Fox to play him in a developing biopic about the legendary actor. Fox was overwhelmed with joy, but sadly, the film never got made.
- 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.
- 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.