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Michael J. Fox

Michael J. Fox was born Michael Andrew Fox in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and adopted the J as homage to the legendary character actor Michael J. Pollard. The young Fox loved hockey, and dreamed of an NHL career, but other interests came calling, and he soon found success in acting. His first role came in the CBC sitcom Leo and Me, featuring future Tony Award-winner Brent Carver. Three years later, he came to Los Angeles, where he appeared in numerous bit parts and the critically-acclaimed Alex Haley/Norman Lear series Palmerstown USA before being cast as Alex P. Keaton, the conservative son of hippie parents in the NBC series Family Ties. In seven seasons, Fox would earn three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe, making him one of America's most prominent young performers. In 1996, after several years of working solely in motion pictures, Fox returned to the small screen as New York City Deputy Mayor Mike Flaherty in ABC's Spin City. In four years on that series, Fox would receive an Emmy, three Golden Globes, a People's Choice Award, and two SAG Awards.

His work for the big screen includes the enormously popular Back to the Future series, Teen Wolf, The Secret of My Succe, Light of Day, Bright Lights, Big City, Casualties of War, Doc Hollywood, The Trap, Life with Mikey, For Love or Money, Greedy, Blue in the Face, The American President, The Frighteners, and Mars Attacks! Most recently, Fox took a turn off-camera as the voice of Stuart Little, a role he will reprise later this year. Soon, he will appear in the live-action Interstate 60.

Fox has also appeared in Woody Allen's television film Don't Drink the Water.

In 1998, Fox announced that he had been diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson's Disease. He founded the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research to help increase awareness, provide a voice for PD advocacy, and raise much-needed research funding. Fox whole-heartedly believes that with a concentrated effort from the Parkinson's community, our elected representatives in Washington, and (most importantly) the general public, researchers can pinpoint Parkinson's cause and cure in the next ten years. For more information about Parkinson's and to help fight the disease, please visit www.michaeljfox.com.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2000.

Michael J. Fox Facts

Birth NameMichael Andrew Fox
OccupationActor
BirthdayJune 9, 1961 (56)
SignGemini
BirthplaceEdmonton, Alberta, Canada
Height5' 4" (1m63)  How tall is Michael J. Fox compared to you?
Awards2000 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy (for Spin City)
2000 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Male Actor in a Comedy Series (for Spin City)
2000 Emmy Awards: Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series (for Spin City)
1999 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy (for Spin City)
1999 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Male Actor in a Comedy Series (for Spin City)
1998 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy (for Spin City)
1989 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy (for Family Ties)
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Selected Filmography

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