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SpouseTracy Pollan

Michael J. Fox, OC (born Michael Andrew Fox on June 9, 1961) is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, author, film producer and activist. With a film and television career spanning from the 1970s, Fox’s roles have included Marty McFly from the Back to the Future trilogy (1985–1990); Alex P. Keaton from the American sitcom Family Ties (1982–1989), for which he won three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award; and Mike Flaherty from the ABC sitcom Spin City (1996–2000), for which he won an Emmy, three Golden Globes, and two Satellite Awards.

Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991 at age 29, and disclosed his condition to the public in 1998. He semi-retired from acting in 2000 as the symptoms of his disease worsened. He has since advocated for research toward finding a cure. On May 27, 2016, at age 54, Fox announced he had been diagnosed with young onset Parkinson’s disease.

Early Life

Fox was born Michael Andrew Fox on June 9, 1961, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, to Phyllis (née Piper), an actress/payroll clerk, and William Fox, a police officer and Canadian Forces member. He has English, Irish, Scottish, German, and French ancestry. His family moved to Burnaby, a suburb of Vancouver, British Columbia, when his father was transferred to work at Vancouver International Airport.

At age 15, Fox began attending Burnaby Central Secondary School, where he played rugby union and soccer. He also attended Molson Academy during his time in Vancouver. Fox graduated from high school in 1979.


Fox’s film debut came in Midnight Madness (1980) followed by Class of 1984 (1982). Soon after his move to Los Angeles, California, he landed roles on two hit television series: Family Ties as the conservative Republican son of two former hippies (1982–1989), and as young Republican Mike Flaherty on Spin City (1996–2000). He won three Emmy Awards for Family Ties and a Golden Globe Award for Spin City.

In 1985, he starred in the science fiction film Back to the Future as Marty McFly. The film was a massive commercial success, grossing over $381 million worldwide from its $19 million budget, and launched Fox’s career. He reprised his role as Marty McFly in Back to the Future Part II (1989) and Back to the Future Part III (1990).

Fox has also starred in such films as The Secret of My Succe$s (1987), Teen Wolf (1985), Bright Lights, Big City (1988), Doc Hollywood (1991), For Love or Money (1993), The American President (1995), Stuart Little (1999), Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001), Hollywood Homicide (2003), and Mars Needs Moms (2011).

On March 5, 2018, it was announced that Fox would guest star in an episode of Designated Survivor. The episode aired on April 18, 2018.

Personal Life

Fox married Tracy Pollan on July 16, 1988. They have four children together: twin daughters Aquinnah Kathleen and Schuyler Frances (born February 15, 1995), and sons Sam Michael (born May 30, 1989) and Esmé Annabelle (born November 3, 2001). The family resides in Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

In 1991, at age 29, Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that sometimes impairs motor skills and speech. He disclosed his condition to the public in 1998. In 2000 he semi-retired from acting as symptoms worsened. He has since advocated for research toward finding a cure. In May 2016 at age 54 he announced he had been diagnosed with young onset Parkinson’s disease.

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Height1.63 m
ProfessionVoice Actor, Author, Comedian, Film producer, Advocate, Television producer, Activist


SpouseTracy Pollan
ChildrenSam Michael Fox, Esmé Annabelle Fox, Aquinnah Kathleen Fox, Schuyler Frances Fox
ParentsPhyllis Piper, William Fox
SiblingsKelli Fox, Karen Fox, Jacki Fox, Steven Fox


AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy, TV Land Fan Favorite Award, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Ma...
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series, People's...
MoviesBack to the Future, Teen Wolf, Back to the Future Part II, The Secret of My Success, Casualties of War, The Frighteners, Doc Hollywood, Back to the Future Part III, Light of Day, Bright Lights, Big City, Stuart Little, Greedy, The Hard Way, Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, For Love or Money, ...
TV ShowsThe Good Wife, The Michael J. Fox Show, Spin City, One to Grow On, Family Ties, Leo and Me, Palmerstown, U.S.A., ODYSSEY: Driving Around the World

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Assistant Director

A Jersey Christmas2008second assistant director
Infant Bonds of Joy2007Short first assistant director

Production Manager

Police State2017production manager


Nominated Awards

2016John Cassavetes AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsOut of My Hand (2015)

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