Fast Facts

  • Added the middle initial to his professional name in honor of veteran character actor Michael J. Pollard.
  • Made TV debut on the Canadian series Leo & Me when he was 15.
  • Took over the role of Marty McFly in Back to the Future (1985) when Eric Stoltz was released shortly after filming began; continued to work on Family Ties during the day and filmed the movie at night.
  • Met future wife Tracy Pollan on the set of Family Ties when she costarred as Ellen, a love interest of Fox's Alex Keaton.
  • Diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991 and went public with his condition in 1998; in early 2000, left Spin City to focus on raising awareness and money for the disease.
  • Founded the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research in May 2000.
  • Published memoir, Lucky Man, in 2002.
  • Returned to TV in 2004 with a guest appearance on the sitcom Scrubs, a role which reunited him with Scrubs producer and Spin City creator Bill Lawrence.
  • Published a second book, Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist, in 2009.
  • Was asked by longtime pal Denis Leary to appear on the FX series Rescue Me; his guest turn won him his first Emmy for a dramatic performance in 2009.
  • Son Sam was named Mr. Golden Globe in 2013.

Awards

  • 1998, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1985, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2000, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1987, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1988, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1986, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1989, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Winner
  • 1999, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Winner
  • 2000, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Winner
  • 1997, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1997, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1987, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1998, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Winner
  • 1986, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1989, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Nonfiction Special: Nominee
  • 1986, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1997, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Series: Winner
  • 2009, Grammy — Best Spoken Word Album: Winner
  • 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2014, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical: Nominee
  • 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1998, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1999, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner

Relationships

  • Phyllis Fox — Mother
  • Esme Annabelle Fox — Daughter
  • Sam Fox — Son
  • Tracy Pollan — Wife
  • William Fox — Father
  • Aquinnah Kathleen Fox — Daughter
  • Schuyler Frances Fox — Daughter

Details

  • Birth Name: Michael Andrew Fox
  • Birth Place: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Birthday: June 9, 1961, Gemini
  • Profession: Actor
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