Birthday: 9th June
Michael J. Fox is a Canadian-American retired actor, author, film producer, and activist. Beginning his career in the 1970s, he first rose to prominence for portraying Alex P. Keaton on the sitcom Family Ties (1982–1989). Fox achieved further recognition as protagonist Marty McFly in the Back to the Future film trilogy (1985–1990). The trilogy's critical and commercial success led to Fox headlining several films throughout the 1980s and 1990s, including The Secret of My Success (1987). He returned to television on the sitcom Spin City, where he portrayed the lead role of Mike Flaherty from 1996 to 2000.
In 1998, Fox publicly disclosed that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease seven years earlier. Fox subsequently became an advocate for finding a cure and founded the Michael J. Fox Foundation in 2000 to help fund research. Although the disease's worsening symptoms forced Fox to have a less active career, he continued to make guest appearances on television. He also worked in voice-over, voicing the title character in the Stuart Little films (1999–2005) and the lead of the animated film Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001). His final major role was on the sitcom The Michael J. Fox Show (2013–2014). Fox retired from acting in 2020 due to his declining health.
GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD NOMINATIONS: 10 WIN: 4
2014 - Best TV Actor: THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW
2000 - WINNER: Best TV Actor: SPIN CITY
1999 - WINNER: Best TV Actor: SPIN CITY
1998 - WINNER: Best TV Actor: SPIN CITY
1997 - Best TV Actor: SPIN CITY
1989 - WINNER: Best TV Actor: FAMILY TIES
1988 - Best TV Actor: FAMILY TIES
1987 - Best TV Actor: FAMILY TIES
1986 - Best TV Actor: FAMILY TIES
1986 - Best Leading Actor: BACK TO THE FUTURE
How do you rate Michael J. Fox's films?
WATCH MICHAEL J. FOX THIS WEEK
FILMS: Back to the Future (1985 - 1990)
Monday 11th October - Wednesday 13th October, Sky Cinema Family, 7:00pm
The iconic performance as Marty McFly the time travelling teenager in this classic '80s family films.
FILMS: Stuart Little (1999) / Stuart Little 2 (2002)
Saturday 9th October & Saturday 16th October, Film 4, 11am
Fox provides vocals for the mouse lead in these family adventure films.
Tom Fletcher dances Back to the Future style in Strictly Come Dancing this week. Fletcher's band, McFly, were named after Fox's character.
The Movies That Made Us
In season 2 of this movie fan documentaries they look at the making of the classic time travel film, Back to the Future.
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FILM: The Secret of My Success (1987)
Fox at the top of his fame in this '80s feel good film.
FILM: Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
Fox provides vocals for this Disney adventure film.
What's your favourite Michael J. Fox performance?
Make sure you are booked in for this week's DRAMA CLASSES