- Grew up on a Wyoming cattle ranch and attended early grades in a one-room schoolhouse where his mother was the teacher.
- Intended to work on Wall Street after graduating from Columbia University but instead took a modeling job, which led to acting in commercials.
- Made television series debut guest-starring on the 1992 episode of Wings titled "Say It Ain't So, Joe" as the pitcher who broke the high-school pitching record set by Joe (Tim Daly).
- Big break came in 1994 playing eldest brother Charlie Salinger in the drama Party of Five.
- Was voted one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World by People magazine in 1996.
- Auditioned for the role of Sawyer on Lost until producers decided to rewrite a minor part and cast him in the lead role as Dr. Jack Shepherd.
- A fan of cartoons and comic books, he eagerly accepted the role of Racer X in the 2008 film version of Speed Racer.
- 2006, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
- 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner
- Byron Fox — Son
- Francis Fox — Father
- Kyle Allison Fox — Daughter
- Margherita Ronchi — Wife
- Bayard Fox — Brother
- Loretta Fox — Mother
- Francis Fox Jr. — Brother
- Columbia University, New York, New York, United States (BA in Economics, 1989); attended Atlantic Theater Company, New York, New York, United States; attended School for Film and Television, New York, New York, United States
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