Michael J. Fox

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July 5, 2022

Michael J. Fox, OC (born June 9, 1961 in Edmonton, Alberta; real name Michael Andrew Fox) is a Canadian-American actor and film producer. He became a Hollywood star in the 1980s with the lead role in the TV series Family Ties and as Marty McFly in the Back-to-the-Future film trilogy. After contracting Parkinson's disease, he founded the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF) and is involved in science policy.

Life

Actor and Producer

Fox was born in Edmonton. In 1971 his parents moved him and his four siblings to Burnaby, British Columbia (near Vancouver). In 1976, at the age of 15, he took on his first roles for Canadian television, most notably in the series Leo and Me. He dropped out of high school that same year to pursue acting full-time. In 1979 he received a green card and moved to Beverly Hills in the USA. Since the Screen Actors Guild didn't allow two members with the same name, but a Michael Fox was already listed, he decided - instead of Andrew Fox or Michael A. Fox by his middle name - to use Michael J. Fox as his stage name, in homage to character actor Michael J. Pollard. After a few smaller roles, guest starring in series such as Lou Grant, in commercials and in the feature film The Class of 1984, he made his breakthrough with the 1982-1989 produced comedy series Familienbande (Family Ties). There he played Alex Keaton, the conservative son of a left-wing father, in 180 episodes. The role quickly became the focus of the series, initially unplanned. Michael J. Fox took on the role of Marty McFly, a small-town boy who travels back in time to his parents' youth, in the 1985 motion picture Back to the Future. The film became an international box office hit and received two sequels. His films Teen Wolf and The Secret of My Success (1987) were also box office hits. Attempts to establish himself as a serious character actor in dramas such as Light of Day (1987), The Damned of War (1988) and The Harsh Lights of the City (1988) failed for lack of commercial success. In the early 1990s he continued to appear in comedies such as Doc Hollywood and A Concierge to Fall in Love with. His last major screen roles came in 1996 in Tim Burton's star-studded science fiction comedy Mars Attacks! and in Peter Jackson's horror film The Frighteners. In 1996, he made a successful television comeback with the sitcom Chaos City (English Spin City), in which he played the role of the second mayor of New York. In 2000, Fox largely retired from acting due to his Parkinson's disease, including his starring role in Chaos City. In the following years he was only seen in guest appearances or supporting roles and lent his dubbing voice to several cartoon characters. In the series Boston Legal he took on the role of a terminally ill businessman for several episodes. He was also in two episodes of the series Scrubs - The Beginners to see. There he played a doctor suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder. In the series The Good Wife he had numerous guest appearances as manipulative lawyer Louis Canning, who also suffers from a neurological illness. In September 2011, he played himself in the final episode of the eighth season of the US television series Let It Out, Larry!. Between September 2013 and January 2014 he starred in the NBC comedy series The Michael J. Fox Show for the first time in a long time - a journalist suffering from Parkinson's disease. In 2018, he appeared in five episodes of Designated Survivor. A highly acclaimed appearance with Fox came on October 21, 2015 on Jimmy Kimmel's talk show. Fox and Christopher Lloyd came to the in their movie costumes