Michael J. Fox

Michael J. Fox was born Michael Andrew Fox in 1961 to parents William and Phyllis in Edmonton, the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta. (He later adopted the "J" as an homage to legendary character actor Michael J. Pollard.) Fox, a self-described "Army brat," moved several times during his childhood along with his parents, brother, and three sisters. The Foxes finally planted roots in Burnaby, British Columbia (a suburb of Vancouver), when William Fox retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in 1971.

Like most Canadian kids, Fox loved hockey and dreamed of a career in the National Hockey League. In his teens, his interests expanded. He began experimenting with creative writing and art and played guitar in a succession of rock-and-roll garage bands before ultimately realizing his affinity for acting. Fox debuted as a professional actor at 15, co-starring in the sitcom Leo and Me on Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC) with future Tony Award-winner Brent Carver. Over the next three years, he juggled local theater and TV work, and landed a few roles in American TV movies shooting in Canada. When he was 18, Fox moved to Los Angeles. He had a series of bit parts, including one in CBS' short-lived (yet critically acclaimed) Alex Haley/Norman Lear series "Palmerstown USA" before winning the role of lovable conservative Alex P. Keaton on NBC's enormously popular "Family Ties" (1982-89). During Fox's seven years on "Ties," he earned three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe, making him one of the country's most prominent young actors.

“Spin City” reunited Fox with Family Ties creator/executive producer Gary David Goldberg. Together with Bill Lawrence, Goldberg created the series expressly for Fox, establishing it as a joint venture of Dreamworks SKG, Goldberg's UBU Productions, and Lottery Hill Entertainment (run by Fox and partner Nelle Fortenberry, now a member of the Board of Directors of The Michael J. Fox Foundation). Goldberg served as co-executive producer with Fox for Spin City's first and second seasons, and Lawrence stepped in during the third. For the fourth seasons, Rosenthal and Cadiff shared duties with Fox.

In other television work, Fox starred in Woody Allen's "Don't Drink the Water" in 1994. He directed Teri Garr and Bruno Kirby in an episode of "Tales From the Crypt" and later directed an installment of the series "Brooklyn Bridge."

Fox also had time during his busy TV work to become an international film star, appearing in over a dozen features showcasing his keen ability to shift between comedy and drama. These include the Back to the Future trilogy, The Hard Way, Doc Hollywood, The Secret of My Success, Bright Lights, Big City, Light of Day, Teen Wolf, Casualties of War, Life With Mikey, For Love or Money, The American President, Greedy, The Frighteners, and Mars Attacks!

Fox married his "Family Ties" co-star, actress Tracy Pollan, in 1988. Together they have four children. Inspired to find projects that his kids would enjoy, Fox has lent his voice to a variety of hit children's films since the early 1990s. He began as Chance the dog in Disney's Homeward Bound movies. In December 1999, he provided the voice of Stuart Little for the Sony feature of the same name, and in the summer of 2001 Fox's voice was heard as that of the lead in Atlantis The Lost Empire, his first animated feature for The Walt Disney Co.

Michael J. Fox News
Back to the Future Video Reunites Michael J. Fox & Christopher LloydBack to the Future Video Reunites Michael J. Fox & Christopher Lloyd
Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd discuss the Back to the Future predictions about the year 2015 that came true in a new Toyota commercial.
Back to the Future Cast Reunite in 30th Anniversary PhotosBack to the Future Cast Reunite in 30th Anniversary Photos
Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson gathered on stage at London Comic-Con in celebration of Back to the Future.
Michael J. Fox Reenacts Johnny B. Goode from Back to the Future
The actor played to a packed house this weekend at an NYC charity event to raise money and awareness for Parkison's Disease.
Back to the Future Part II Nike Mag Goes Up for Auction!
1500 pairs of the iconic coveted future sneaker will be auctioned off in honor of The Michael J. Fox foundation.
Back to the Future Reunion Videos!
Michael J. Fox, Lea Thompson, Christopher Lloyd, director Robert Zemeckis and more together to celebrate the 25th Anniversary Blu-ray trilogy.
Back to the Future Reunion Video with Michael J. Fox and Lea Thompson!
The two stars chat about their classic movie 25 years after its initial release.
Michael J. Fox Goes Back to the Future in Scream Awards 2010 Trailer
This promo for the upcoming awards show recreates the original Back to the Future teaser trailer from 1985 featuring Marty McFly.
Michael J. Fox Joins The Good Wife
The actor will guest star as a cynical lawyer on the CBS series starring Julianna Margulies.