Michael J. Fox Biography
Actor Michael J. Fox is most famous for his roles as "Alex P. Keaton" in "Family Ties," and "Marty McFly" in "Back to the Future."
Actor/producer/director Michael J. Fox was born as Michael Andrew Fox on June 9, 1961, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada to Bill and Phyllis Fox. Michael is the fourth of five children. Out of all his siblings, only his younger sister, Kelli, also acts.
Michael’s father was in the Canadian Army, so the Fox family was stationed all over Canada while Michael was growing up. When Michael was thirteen, and Bill Fox’s twenty-five year commitment to the army was finally up, the family settled in Burnaby, a suburb of Vancouver, British Columbia. Bill then joined the Vancouver Police Department as a dispatcher, and Michael’s mother, Phyllis, worked as a payroll clerk. Soon after moving to Burnaby, Michael began attending Burnaby Central High School.
Michael is married to Tracy Pollan, and has three children--Sam Michael, and twin girls, Aquinnah Kathleen and Schuyler Frances. Though Michael dropped out of high school in his senior year, he went back to school and received his GED in 1995. Michael’s acting specialty is “boyish charm,” which he has put to good use in all of his acting roles.
At only 5 feet, four inches tall, Michael was easily overlooked by casting directors when he first arrived in Hollywood to pursue acting at the age of 18. By the time he was 21, however, he was chosen for the role of “Alex P. Keaton” in the television series “Family Ties.” Michael won three Emmys for the show, which was a seven year hit. The show also starred Meredith Baxter, Justine Bateman, Michael Gross, Tina Yothers, and Brian Bonsall. Michael’s wife, Tracy Pollan, played Alex’s first girlfriend on the show, and Courteney Cox, of the hit television series “Friends,” played his second. Michael also appeared in the made for TV movie based on the series, “Family Ties Vacation.”
In 1985, Michael starred in the first of three installments of “Back to the Future,” playing “Marty McFly.” He also later starred in the other two installments of the trilogy, “Back to the Future II,” and “Back to the Future III.” He has also been in the movies “The American President,” “Blue in the Face,” and “Mars Attacks!” He has played the voice of animal characters in two movies—he did the voice of “Chance” the dog in Disney’s “Homeward Bound,” and just recently portrayed the voice of “Stuart Little” in the movie “Stuart Little.”
Michael owns a production company, and also directs. He began directing after writing a short sketch for “The David Letterman Show”. He also wrote, directed, and starred in an episode of “Tales From the Crypt.” Michael’s most recent television series is “Spin City,” in which he plays a New York City Deputy Mayor. In June 1998, however, Michael revealed to the press that he had secretly been battling Parkinson’s disease for the past seven years. He left “Spin City” in January 2000 to focus on his battle with Parkinson’s disease, and to lobby for a cure, which he believes will be found by the time he is fifty. Michael still remains upbeat about his future, despite his crippling nerve disease.