MICHAEL J. FOX
Michael J. Fox is one of Hollywood’s most critically acclaimed actors, producers, authors and philanthropists. Starring in countless roles over the span of five decades, his versatility has cemented him as an icon in the entertainment industry.
Making his acting debut at the age of 15, Fox began his career in the television world, for which he has earned five Emmys and 18 Emmy nominations. His most notable television roles include portraying Alex P. Keaton on NBC’s enormously popular Family Ties; Louis Canning on CBS’s The Good Wife and Michael Flaherty on ABC’s Spin City, where he also served as executive producer along with winning a GQ Man of the Year Award (in the TV comedy category), a People’s Choice Award and two SAG Awards.
Fox also had time during his busy television work to become an international film star, appearing in over a dozen films showcasing his keen ability to shift between comedy and drama. These include the Back to the Future trilogy, Teen Wolf (1985), The Secret of My Success (1987), Light of Day (1987), Bright Lights, Big City (1988), Casualties of War (1989), The Hard Way (1991), Doc Hollywood (1991), Life With Mikey (1993), For Love or Money (1993), Greedy (1994), The American President (1995), The Frighteners (1996) and Mars Attacks! (1996).
Fox married his Family Ties co-star, actress Tracy Pollan, in 1988. Together they have four children. Inspired to find projects that his kids would enjoy, Fox has lent his voice to a variety of hit children’s films since the early 1990s. He began as Chance the dog in Disney’s Homeward Bound movies. In December 1999, he provided the voice of Stuart Little for the Sony feature of the same name, and in the summer of 2001 Fox’s voice was heard as that of the lead in Atlantis: The Lost Empire, his first animated feature for the Walt Disney company.
In spring 2009, he took on a multi-episode guest arc in Denis Leary’s hit FX Network drama Rescue Me. In 2006, he had a recurring guest role in the ABC legal drama Boston Legal, and he appeared as Dr. Kevin Casey in the NBC series Scrubs in 2004. Fox also has become known as a bestselling author. His second book, Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist, was published in March 2009 and debuted at number two on the New York Times bestseller list. His 2002 memoir, Lucky Man, was also a New York Times and national bestseller, and its audio recording was nominated for a Grammy award.
Fox has also appeared in guest starring roles on POP’s Nightcap, HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm and CBS’s The Good Fight.
Though he would not share the news with the public for another seven years, Fox was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s disease in 1991. Upon disclosing his condition in 1998, he committed himself to the campaign for increased Parkinson’s research.
Fox has shifted his primary focus and energies toward The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and its efforts to raise much-needed research funding and awareness for Parkinson’s disease. Since its inception in 2000, the foundation has funded more than $900 million in research programs to find a cure for Parkinson’s, something that Fox believes will be achievable in our lifetimes.