Michael J Fox is a former Canadian-American actor, author, and producer. He is one of the well-known faces of America in the 80s and 90s. Starting his career in acting, he first got his fame by playing the character of Alex Keaton in the sitcom “Family Ties” that aired on NBC between 1982 and 1989. His comic timing and charming looks won the hearts of viewers.
He was featured in the “Back to the Future” franchise. The massive commercial success of the “Back to the Future” brought him popularity. He was featured in several movies in the 80s and 90s. He won many honorary awards. In this article, we are going to briefly discuss his childhood, personal life, career awards, and more.
Michael Andrew Fox popularly known as Michael J Fox
Date of Birth
9 June, 1961
Place of Birth
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Canada, United States of America
4 – Sam Michael, Aquinnah Kathleen, Schuyler Frances, and Esme Annabelle
Actor, Author, Producer, Activist.
Michael Andrew Fox was born on 9th June, 1961 in Edmonton, Albert, Canada. His mother, Phyllis was an actress. His father William Fox was a Canadian police officer and member of the Canadian Forces. He had to move to various places in his early life due to his father’s job. Due to his height, he struggled in school. He could not be a part of his favorite activity – ice hockey because of his height. But he found his place in the drama class.
Fox first worked in a television series “Leo and Me” at the age of 15. After coming to America, he came across Ronald Sheldo and debut on American television in the film “Letters from Frank”. He first appeared with the name “Michael Fox”. Later he added the middle initial “J”. His first feature films were “Midnight Madness” (1980) and “Class of 1984” (1982). Later he started playing the character of Alex P Keaton in the sitcom “Family Ties” that aired between 1982 to 1989. His performance in this show catapulted his career.
Due to the success of “Family Ties”, Fox got the lead role in the movie “Back to the Future” in 1985. He played the role of a teenager, Marty McFly who was accidentally sent to 1955 from 1985. Fox became a teen idol. He was also starred in “Back to the Future Part II” (1989) and “Back to the Future part III” (1990), two successful sequels of the movie “Back to the Future”. During the years between 1985 and 1990, Fox also starred in “Teen Wolf” (1985), “Light of Day” (1987), “The Secret of My Success” (1987), “Bright Lights, Big City” (1989), “Casualties of War” (1989), etc.
In 1991, Michael J Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. He then signed only a few film contracts. He worked in “For Love or Money” (1993), “Life With Mikey” (1993), “Greedy” (1994), etc. He also played the roles of supporting actor in “The American President” (1995) and “Mars Attacks!” (1996). His last big movie was “The Frighteners” in 1996. He also voiced Stuart Little in “Stuart Little”, “Stuart Little 2” and “Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild”.
LATER CAREER AND RETIREMENT:
In the later part of his acting career, he worked in a sitcom “Spin City” that was aired on ABC from 1996 to 2002. During the 4th season, he announced his retirement due to Parkinson’s disease. After that, he guest-starred in the comedy-drama “Scrubs” in 2004. In 2009 he appeared in a television series “Rescue Me”. In 2011 he was featured in the 8th season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” as himself. He also appeared in other media apart from NBC. He was cast in the 2nd season of “Designated Survivor” as Ethan West. In Fox’s memoir, which was released in November 2020, he stated that he was retiring from acting.
Fox started his career in acting at a very young age. He met Tracy Pollan, his future wife, at the set of Family Ties where he played the role of Ellen, girlfriend of the character of Fox. They were married on 16th July, 1988. They have four children: a son (Sam Michael) and three daughters (Aquinnah Kathleen, Schuyler Frances, and Esme Annabelle).
Fox is a citizen of both Canada and the USA. He did a segment during the Winter Olympics’ closing ceremony in Vancouver, British Columbia in 2010, where he expressed his pride to be a Canadian. He was granted Freedom of City by the city of Burnaby, British Columbia on 4th June, 2010. Fox and his family is currently a resident of Manhattan. They also own another home in New York.
Fox has won multiple honorary awards throughout his career. For his role in Family Ties, he won three Emmys and a Golden Globe award. For his role in Spin City, he won an Emmy, three Golden Globe awards, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. Throughout his career, Fox won five Emmys, four Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and a Grammy Award. He was also inducted to Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2000 and the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2002.
What disease does Michael J Fox Have?
He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease
When was Michael J Fox Diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease?
What is the nationality of Michael Fox?
He has citizenship of both USA and Canada.
What is Michael J Fox’s real name?
Michael AWho voiced Stuart Little?ndrew Fox.
Who voiced Stuart Little?
Michael J Fox.