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Michael J. Fox
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Born Michael Andrew Fox
June 9 1961 (1961-06-09) (age 56)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Occupation Actor, author, producer, activist, voice-over artist
Years active 1973–present

Michael J. Fox, OC (born Michael Andrew Fox; June 9, 1961) is a Canadian American actor, author, producer, activist and voice-over artist. With a film and television career spanning from the late 1970s, Fox's roles have included Marty McFly from the Back to the Future trilogy (1985–1990); Alex P. Keaton from Family Ties (1982–1989) for which he won three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award; Mike Flaherty from Spin City (1996–2000), for which he won an Emmy, three Golden Globes, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards; and Private Max Eriksson in the Brian De Palma film Casualties of War.

Fox's middle initial "J" does not stand for anything. His birth name is Michael Andrew Fox but when he registered for the Screen Actors Guild, the name "Michael Fox" was already taken. Fox said he did not want to register "Michael A. Fox" because it presented a play on words, and that he was paying homage to actor Michael J. Pollard.

Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991, and disclosed his condition to the public in 1999. He semi-retired from acting in 2000 as the symptoms of his disease became more severe. He has since become an activist for research toward finding a cure. This led him to create The Michael J. Fox Foundation. On March 5, 2010, Sweden's Karolinska Institutet awarded him a doctorate of medicine degree, Honoris causa, for his work in advocating and fundraising for a cure for Parkinson's disease.

Since 2001 Fox has mainly worked as a voice-over actor in films such as Stuart Little and Atlantis: The Lost Empire, and taken guest TV roles and cameo appearances in shows such as Boston Legal, The Good Wife, Scrubs, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Rescue Me. He has also released three books, Lucky Man: A Memoir (2002); Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist (2009); and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future: Twists and Turns and Lessons Learned (2010). He was inducted as an Officer of the Order of Canada on May 27, 2011, for his outreach and fundraising work.

Filmography

Year Film Role
1980 Midnight Madness Scott Larson
1982 Class of 1984 Arthur
1985 Teen Wolf Scott Howard
Back to the Future Marty McFly
1987 Light of Day Joe Rasnick
The Secret of My Success Brantley Foster / Carlton Whitfield
1988 Bright Lights, Big City Jamie Conway
1989 Casualties of War PFC. Eriksson
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 Lang / Ray Casanov
Doc Hollywood Dr. Benjamin Stone
1993 Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey Chance
Life with Mikey Michael Mikey Chapman
For Love or Money (a.k.a The Concierge) Doug Ireland
1994 Where the Rivers Flow North Clayton Farnsworth
Greedy Daniel McTeague
1995 Blue in the Face Pete Maloney
Coldblooded Tim Alexander
The American President Lewis Rothschild
1996 Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco Chance
The Frighteners Frank Bannister
Mars Attacks! Jason Stone
1999 Stuart Little Stuart Little
2001 Atlantis: The Lost Empire Milo James Thatch
2002 Interstate 60
Stuart Little 2 Stuart Little
2006 Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild Stuart Little

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