Michael J. Fox is a canadian - US-american Actor. He was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on 09. June 1961 as son of Phyllis Fox and William Fox. He became known to a wider public through his role as Marty McFly in the film Back to the future. Michael is married with Tracy Pollan and has four children (three daughters, one son).
Michael has been married to Tracy Pollan since 1988. With her he has 4 children. 3 years after his marriage, in 1991, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, but didn't publicly announce it until 1998. Since then, he become an advocate for research toward finding a cure and founded the Michael J. Fox Foundation in May 2000. He ended his cinema career in the same year, but after that he still played in various series.
In 2008 he had to undergo a risky operation on his spine to remove a tumor. After the operation he could not walk and had to learn to walk again. During this rehabilitation period, he still suffered from falls, which negatively affected the healing process. His health deteriorated so much that from November 2020 he had to give up all his activities as an actor. The reason for this is that he has problems with short-term memory.
Now that he can't play guitar, draw or dance, he is concentrating on writing. He has now released what is now his 4th biography, No Time Like the Future.
Despite his health problems, he describes himself as happy because his wife Tracy and their 4 children give him a lot of strength.
Fox is a former actor who was well-known for his successful career during the '80s and '90s.
Fox's television roles include the NBC network sitcom, "Family Ties" and the ABC network sitcom, "Spin City." His film roles include the "Back to the Future" trilogy, "Teen Wolf," "Doc Hollywood," "Life with Mikey," "The Secret of My Success," "Light of Day" and "Mars Attacks."
His voice-over roles include the "Stuart Little" trilogy, "Atlantis: The Lost Empire," "Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey" and "Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco."
In November 2020, he finally ended his career as an actor due to his short-term memory problems. Due to his illnesses, the only thing left for him to do is write, which he says he enjoys very much.
- His mother, Phyllis is an actress and payroll clerk; his father, William (who died of a heart attack in 1990) was a police officer and a member of the Canadian Forces
- Is of Irish, English and Scottish descent
- Has three sisters: Kelli, Karen & Jacki, and a brother, Steven
- Due to his father's career, he lived in various cities and towns across Canada until finally settling in Burnaby, Vancouver, British Columbia when his father retired from his job in 1971
- Attended the Burnaby Central Secondary School
- Starred in the Canadian television series, "Leo and Me" when he was 15 years old
- Moved to Los Angeles, California when he was 18 years old to further his acting career
- Adopted the "J" in his name as an homage to character actor Michael J. Pollard.
- Quit high school before his senior year, but received his GED in 1995
- Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2002
- In 2008, he received an honorary degree (Doctor of Fine Arts) from New York University and another one (Doctor of Laws) from the University of British Columbia
- Married to actress Tracy Pollan since 1988; they have four children: son Sam (born in 1989) and daughters Aquinnah & Schuyler (born in 1995), and Esme (born in 2001)
- Holds dual citizenship in Canada and the United States