Michael J. Fox

Michael J. Fox, born on June 9, 1961, is a Canadian actor who started his career in acting when he was 15 years old. Although he’s small-bodied, he created a big name for himself within the filming industry and went as far as defying the norms by performing for a further 20 years after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Fox’s countless awards continue to speak for his talent, which has landed him on several walls of fame. A man with a compassionate heart like his deserves to be appreciated on his special day, and today we are here to help you celebrate him.

Fast Facts

Full Name:

Michael Andrew Fox

Birth date:

June 9, 1961

Age:

61

Zodiac Sign:

Gemini

Height:

5' 4.1"

Relationship Status:

Married

Net Worth:

$65 million

Michael's Social Media:

Background

Michael J. Fox was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, to Phyllis and William Fox. His mother was a payroll clerk, and his father was a sergeant in the Canadian Army Signal Corps. He has four siblings: Kelli, Karen, Jacki, and Steven. The family moved to Vancouver after his father retired, and it was during these years that Fox realized his desire for acting.

When he was 15, Fox auditioned to perform in “Leo and Me,” a series that aired in 1978. After working in a few television series, he finally secured a part in “Family Ties,” acting the part of Alex P. Keaton. He was 21 years old. In 1990, Fox’s father passed away. Fox was so distraught by his father that he began experiencing depressive symptoms. However, his diagnosis wasn’t one he’d ever dreamed about. It turned out that Fox had Parkinson’s disease. However, Fox’s diagnosis didn’t stop him from living his dream. He even finished his education, receiving a general educational development degree in 1995. Fox was the first guest on “The Daily Show” when Jon Steward was still host, right before Trevor Noah took over. He won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, “Spin City,” and made it to Canada’s Wall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, in 2008.

Fox married Tracy Pollan, whom he met on-set filming for “Family Ties.” They have four children: Sam, Annabelle, Kathleen, and Phyllis Fox. After regretting his decision to quit school, Fox continues encouraging his children against it.

Career timeline

1978
His Career Begins

Fox auditions and gets a role in a series titled "Leo and Me."

2000
He Launches the Michael J. Fox Foundation

He establishes the foundation to find a cure for those who may be suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

2010
He Receives an Honorary Doctorate

Sweden's Karolinska Institute honors Fox with an honorary doctorate.

2013
He Works as a News Anchor

Fox plays the role of a news anchor, Mike Henry, who gets diagnosed with Parkinson's before giving up his job in the "Michael J. Fox Show."

2020
Fox Retires from Acting

Due to his declining health, Fox decides to go off the screen forever.

Why We Love Michael J. Fox

  1. He has a passion for helping others

    Despite having retired from acting, Fox continues to make guest appearances in films that make people aware of Parkinson's disease. His foundation has raised $240 million in research funds for Parkinson's disease since its inception.

  2. He values education

    Although he might not have finished his schooling on time, Fox continues to encourage his children to graduate from college and make something valuable out of their lives. He regrets quitting school but continues to learn and educate others, especially about Parkinson's disease.

  3. He rose from his struggles

    Fox’s success has a story of struggle and pain behind it. He did not always have job offers coming his way, and he struggled to make ends meet as an 18-year-old living in Los Angeles. Yet, despite the struggles, he managed to capitalize on his disease and draw the world's attention to finding a cure for it.

5 Surprising Facts

  1. Fox is a self-taught guitarist

    Fox was eight when he received his first guitar and has taught himself how to play it over the years.

  2. He quit school before senior year

    Before reaching his senior year in high school, Fox dropped out to pursue a career in acting.

  3. He adopted the “J” in his name

    When he entered the entertainment industry, Fox couldn't use his name because somebody else was using it, so he added a "J" in his name to honor Michael J. Pollard.

  4. He almost died in an airplane crash

    He boarded a flight to New York on a Concorde with his family and later heard that a Concorde plane crashed on the same day he had initially wanted to leave.

  5. He negotiated a deal from a booth

    Fox had no phone at home and had to make sure that between 4 and 5 p.m., he was near the phone booth so he could take the call to secure his role in "Family Ties."

Michael J. Fox FAQs

What symptoms did Michael J. Fox experience before being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease?

He noticed his finger was twitching, and he had a sore shoulder while shooting the movie “Doc Hollywood.”

How long after being diagnosed did Fox reveal his disease to the world?

Fox revealed that he had the disease seven to eight years after being diagnosed.

What stage of the disease is he in?

Fox is in the advanced stage of Parkinson’s. He occasionally uses a wheelchair and has difficulty performing day-to-day tasks like writing, forming words, e.t.c.

Michael J. Fox’s birthday dates

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