Michael Jay Fox

Michael Jay Fox

American actor, voice actor, writer, producer, activist, film and television director originally from Canada
Date of Birth: 09.06.1961
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Michael J. Fox
  2. Early Life and Career
  3. Breakthrough and Success
  4. Personal Life and Activism

Biography of Michael J. Fox

Michael J. Fox, an American actor, voice actor, writer, producer, activist, and film director, gained fame for his role as Marty McFly in the 'Back to the Future' trilogy from 1985 to 1990. He won three Emmys and a Golden Globe for his role as Alex P. Keaton in the series 'Family Ties' and one Emmy, three Golden Globes, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards for his role as Mike Flaherty in the series 'Spin City'. Fox is also known for his role as Private Max Eriksson in the historical action film 'Casualties of War'.

Michael Jay Fox

Early Life and Career

Michael J. Fox, the fourth of five children, was born on June 9, 1961, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. His mother, Phyllis Piper, was an actress, and his father, William Fox, was a police officer and military officer. Due to the nature of his father's work, the Fox family constantly moved. They settled in Burnaby, a suburb of Vancouver, in 1971, where William retired and later passed away from a heart attack on January 6, 1990.

Michael Jay Fox

In his school years, Fox developed a passion for hockey but had to give up his sports career due to his small stature, only 164 cm. Instead, he decided to become an actor. At the age of 15, Fox appeared in the Canadian comedy series 'Leo and Me'. It was later discovered that three other cast members from the show also developed Parkinson's disease. There were even questions raised about whether an environmental factor could have triggered the disease.

Michael Jay Fox

In 1979, at the age of 18, Fox surprised his parents by deciding to move to Los Angeles. He dropped out of school and, with the support of his grandmother, embarked on his journey to America. Later, after getting married, the actor returned to his homeland.

Michael Jay Fox

When Fox was registering with the Screen Actors Guild, he found out that there was already an actor named Michael Fox. In several interviews, Fox explained that he didn't like his middle name, Andrew, so he decided to use his middle initial 'J' as a tribute to the actor Michael J. Pollard.

Michael Jay Fox

Hollywood didn't immediately embrace the newcomer from Canada. Feeling self-conscious about his small stature, Fox began gaining weight, which eventually led him to go on a strict diet. After a series of failures, Fox found himself in debt and sold all his furniture, seriously considering returning to Canada.

Breakthrough and Success

The turning point came when Fox was invited to join the cast of the series 'Family Ties', which became wildly popular in many countries. It was during the show's production that he met his future wife, Tracy Pollan. In 1985, Fox landed the lead role in the sci-fi film 'Back to the Future'. Initially, the role of Marty McFly was given to Eric Stoltz, but director Robert Zemeckis was not satisfied with Stoltz's performance and believed he lacked the necessary charisma to portray the teenage character. When the producer of 'Family Ties' announced the conditions that allowed Fox to work on the film without leaving the series, Zemeckis immediately seized the opportunity. Stoltz was asked to leave, and the filming of the iconic movie 'Back to the Future' resumed.

For about two months, Fox worked tirelessly, shooting the series from 10 am to 6 pm and then playing Marty McFly until 2:30 am. All his hard work paid off. 'Back to the Future' became a box office success, beloved by both audiences and critics. It spawned two sequels in 1989 and 1990.

Personal Life and Activism

During the filming of 'Back to the Future 2', Fox celebrated the birth of his first child, Sam. However, in the third installment of the film, he had a near-death experience. The filming crew, watching the scene where Marty McFly is hanged, was impressed by Fox's realistic performance. In reality, the rope worked as intended and tightened around his neck, causing him to lose consciousness.

Michael J. Fox married Tracy Pollan on July 16, 1988. The couple has four children together. Symptoms of Parkinson's disease began to manifest in Fox in 1990 during the filming of the comedy-drama 'Doc Hollywood'. When the disease was diagnosed, Fox turned to alcohol to cope but later sought help and quit drinking altogether. In 1998, he publicly announced his condition and has since been actively involved in Parkinson's disease research.

In recognition of his acting work and his significant contributions to raising awareness and research on Parkinson's disease, Michael J. Fox was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by the Justice Institute of British Columbia on May 31, 2012.

In 2013, Fox starred in the comedy series 'The Michael J. Fox Show', which revolved around Parkinson's disease. In late 2017, the renowned actor was invited to the Oscars ceremony and appeared on stage with fellow Canadian actor Seth Rogen.

After his diagnosis, Michael J. Fox focused his efforts on fighting the disease and helping those who have been diagnosed with Parkinson's. He established a foundation and actively engages in philanthropy, raising funds for Parkinson's research.