Michael J. Fox was born and raised in Canada. He dropped out of high school to work in television. He got his GED in 1995.
Michael J. Fox came to notice in his role on the popular television program, FAMILY TIES (1982-1989), as the conservative son of liberal young professional parents. He won three Emmys for his performances. During the run of the show, he starred as a time traveler in popular series of movie comedies, BACK
TO THE FUTURE (1985), BACK TO THE FUTURE II (1989), and the in 1990, BACK
TO THE FUTURE III.
From 1996-2000 Fox starred as Mike Flaherty in the television series, SPIN CITY, a sitcom about a fictional government official of New York City, one of many weirdos running the mayors office. He won an Emmy in 2000 for his performance.
Michael J. Fox also starred in THE
FRIGHTENERS (produced by Robert Zemeckis and directed
by Peter Jackson)
He has been married to Tracy Pollan, since 1988, with whom he has 4 children. Pollan played his girlfriend Ellen on Family Ties. Of his initial attraction to Pollan, he remarked, ""One day, she came back from lunch with bad breath and I said 'Whoa, scampi for lunch?', and she said 'You are the rudest son of a bitch I have ever met in my life' and I was immediately attracted to her like 'Who is this woman?!'".
Michael J. Fox commented on working in the industry as a short actor: "When you're a short actor you stand on apple boxes, you walk on a ramp. When you're a short star everybody else walks in a ditch."
Artists are usually messy people. Fox quipped, "A creative mess is better than idle tidiness."
Michael J. Fox went public with the news that he has Parkinson's Disease. He founded the Michael J. Fox Foundation for research on Parkinson's.
Michael J. Fox's other film credits include:
MIDNIGHT MADNESS (1980)
CLASS OF 1984 (1982)
TEEN WOLF (1985)
THE SECRET OF MY SUCCESS (1987)
LIGHT OF DAY (1987)
CASUALTIES OF WAR (1989)
THE HARD WAY (1991)
DOC HOLLYWOOD (1991)
STUART LITTLE (1999)
BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY (1988)
LIFE WITH MIKEY (1993)
FOR LOVE OR MONEY (1993)
LIGHT OF DAY (1987)
THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT (1995)
MARS ATTACKS! (1996)
ATLANTIS: THE LOST EMPIRE (2001)
INTERSTATE 60 (2002)
STUART LITTLE 2(2002)
STUART LITTLE 3: CALL OF THE WILD (2005)
Michael J. Fox's television credits include:
POISON IVY (TV Movie) (1985)
FAMILY TIES (series regular) Start (1982)
SPIN CITY (series regular) (1996)
BOSTON LEGAL (2006)
RESCUE ME (2009)
THE GOOD WIFE (2010-2011)