Michael J. Fox

Canadian-American actor, comedian, author, film producer, and activist with a film and television career

Michael Andrew Fox OC (born June 9, 1961), known professionally as Michael J. Fox, is a retired Canadian-American actor, author, comedian, movie producer and activist with a film and television career spanning from the 1970s to 2020. He played Marty McFly in Back to the Future trilogy. On television, he played Alex P. Keaton in the NBC sitcom Family Ties and Mike Flaherty on the ABC sitcom Spin City. He has won five Primetime Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, a Grammy Award and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Michael J. Fox

Michael Andrew Fox

(1961-06-09) June 9, 1961 (age 63)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Canadian
  • American
  • Actor
  • author
  • producer
  • activist
  • comedian
Years active1978–2021
Height5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)[2]
Tracy Pollan (m. 1988)
RelativesMatthew Fox (possible cousin)

Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991, and told the public about it in 1998. He semi-retired from acting in 2000 as the symptoms of the disease worsened. He has since become an advocate for research toward finding a cure, and founded the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Sweden's Karolinska Institute gave him an honorary doctorate on March 5, 2010 for his work advocating a cure for Parkinson's disease.

Fox has also worked as a voice-over actor on films, such as Stuart Little and Atlantis: The Lost Empire. On the CBS television show The Good Wife, he earned Emmy nominations for three consecutive years for his recurring role as crafty attorney Louis Canning. He has also taken recurring guest roles and cameo appearances in Boston Legal, Scrubs, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Rescue Me, and Designated Survivor. He has written four books. Fox was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2010 and was also inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in 2000.


Year Title Role Notes
1980 Midnight Madness Scott Larson
1982 Class of 1984 Arthur
1985 Back to the Future Marty McFly
1985 Teen Wolf Scott Howard
1987 Light of Day Joe Rasnick
1987 The Secret of My Success Brantley Foster
1988 Bright Lights, Big City Jamie Conway
1989 Casualties of War PFC. Max Eriksson
1989 Back to the Future Part II Marty McFly / Marty McFly Jr / Marlene McFly
1990 Back to the Future Part III Marty McFly / Seamus McFly
1991 The Hard Way Nick "Nicky" Lang
1991 Doc Hollywood Dr. Benjamin "Ben" Stone
1993 Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey Chance Voice
1993 Life with Mikey Michael "Mikey" Chapman
1993 For Love or Money Doug Ireland
1994 Where the Rivers Flow North Clayton Farnsworth
1994 Greedy Daniel "Danny" McTeague
1995 Coldblooded Tim Alexander
1995 Blue in the Face Pete Maloney
1995 The American President Lewis Rothschild
1996 Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco Chance Voice
1996 The Frighteners Frank Bannister
1996 Mars Attacks! Jason Stone
1999 The Iron Giant Sergeant Voice
1999 Stuart Little Stuart Little Voice
2001 Atlantis: The Lost Empire Milo James Thatch Voice
2002 Interstate 60 Mr. Baker Cameo
2002 Stuart Little 2 Stuart Little Voice
2005 Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild Stuart Little Voice
2013 Drew: The Man Behind the Poster Himself Documentary
2014 Annie Himself Cameo
2015 Being Canadian Himself Documentary
2015 Back in Time Himself Documentary
2015 Mr Calzaghe Himself Documentary
2016 A.R.C.H.I.E. A.R.C.H.I.E. Voice
2018 A.R.C.H.I.E. 2 A.R.C.H.I.E Voice
2019 See You Yesterday Mr. Lockhart


  1. "Michael J. Fox on his Canadian pride and why he speaks out". CBC.ca. March 9, 2017. Archived from the original on June 3, 2018. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  2. "Michael J. Fox Biography: Producer (1961–)". Biography.com. Archived from the original on May 30, 2020. Retrieved November 4, 2020.

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