Michael J. Fox:Biography
Actor Michael J. Fox is an outstanding actor that wants to take time while he feels good to lobby for funds for Parkinson's Disease.
Michael Andrew Fox was born on June 9, 1961, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He is one of five children. Michael dropped out of high school in the twelfth grade but did go back and receive his GED in 1995. At the age of 18, Fox made his way to Hollywood but was overlooked for major acting parts until 1982 when he was cast as the capitalistic teenager Alex Keaton on the TV show "Family Ties."
"Family Ties" ran for seven years and in that time, Michael J. Fox won three Emmys for his role. His popularity grew as an actor and while on hiatus from TV one summer, Fox filmed the first of the "Back to the Future" movies, starring opposite Christopher Lloyd. His popularity started falling with the movie "Casualties of War" and kept spiraling downhill until the movie "The American President" which starred Michael Douglas and Martin Sheen. This was after the other two "Back to the Future" sequels.
His popularity was once again back on track when he decided to accept the role on the sitcom "Spin City." His character was much like the one he portrayed in "The American President." Michael J. Fox only took the part because his wife and children urged him too. He wasn’t sure if he wanted to go back to acting on television. He was glad he did.
Michael J. Fox has starred in over twenty-five movies, made over five guest appearances on television shows, has been in over five made for television/cable movies, has been in four television series and has been in over twenty-five television specials.
Mr. Fox revealed in November 1998 that he had suffered from Parkinson’s since 1991. He was dubious to reveal this as he didn’t know how it would affect his acting career. This was after the unfortunate horseback riding incident with Actor Christopher Reeve. Because of his wanting to advocate for more appropriation of funds for research and treatment of Parkinson’s Disease. Michael J. Fox said goodbye to his acting career at the end of the 1999/2000-television season while on the sitcom Spin City. He will be missed in the acting field, but while he felt good, he wanted to be able to do something productive for this special cause.
In 1988, Michael J. Fox was wed to actress Tracy Pollan who had previously starred in several Family Ties episodes as Alex’s girlfriend. Michael and Tracy have three children and reside in California and Vermont.