Michael J. Fox
Canadian actor
Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox, OC 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.
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'Back To The Future Part II' Was Only A Year Off In Predicting The Cubs' World Series Win
Huffington Post - 4 months
The Chicago Cubs became World Series champions for the first time in 108 years on Wednesday night. The team beat the Cleveland Indians, 8-7, in Game 7 of the series, and naturally fans went wild.  What’s most amazing about the Cubs’ win, though, is not just the general fact that they broke their over-century long streak, but they did it only a year after it was predicted to happen in 1989’s “Back to the Future II.” Great Scott!  Michael J. Fox, who played the film’s main character Marty McFly, pointed out the crazy coincidence on Twitter Thursday morning:   Only off by a year, not bad. Congrats @Cubs. This is so heavy. #FlyTheW — Michael J. Fox (@realmikefox) November 3, 2016 Plenty of others noticed, too:  @realmikefox @Cubs yeah I made this meme last night and thought the same thing! Crazy! pic.twitter.com/3iQgacDCoI — MikeDrastic (@MikeDrastic) November 3, 2016 Back to the Future II was only one year off! Congr ...
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Raffle of 86 pairs of Nike self-lacing shoes raises $6.75 million for Parkinson's research
ABC News - 4 months
Fans of Nike and "Back to the Future" raised $6.75 million from raffle tickets sold in hopes of winning one of 86 pairs of self-lacing Nike MAG shoes, the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research revealed Thursday. Nike sold $10 tickets from Oct. 4-11 and notified winners on Monday. The money raised from the raffle will be donated by Nike to the foundation. Taking into account the 1,500 pairs of MAG shoes -- which were not self-lacing -- that were auctioned off on eBay in 2011, plus a matching donation, Nike has now raised more than $16 million for the foundation. "Thanks to Nike, we've raised a boatload of money for research and we've had a ton of fun doing it," said actor Michael J. Fox, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991 and famously wore self-lacing shoes as Marty McFly in the 1989 film "Back to the Future II." It's not known how much the lucky winners will be able to sell the shoes for on the open market, should...
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Great Scott! How to get the 'Back to the Future' self-lacing shoes
Fox News - 5 months
"Power laces — all right!" In "Back to the Future Part II," teenage time traveler Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) was understandably impressed by a pair of sneakers that conformed to his feet and laced themselves automatically.
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Michael J. Fox's Nike Mags from 'Back to the Future' to be raffled
Yahoo News - 5 months
Marty McFly's iconic futuristic kicks are here, and you can get the chance to own them for $10.
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Nike Is Raffling Off These 'Back To The Future' Self-Lacing Shoes For A Very Good Cause
Huffington Post - 5 months
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Party Coverage: Scene City: Eli Manning, Michael J. Fox and Sarah Ferguson at 9/11 Charity
NYTimes - 5 months
Last week’s galas included Cantor Fitzgerald’s annual Charity Day; special dinner and song for Lincoln Center trustees.
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This Is What The Emmy Awards Looked Like In 1986
Huffington Post - 5 months
Television in the ‘80s was a far cry from our current era of “peak TV,” but it was decade filled with some real classics.  Thirty years ago, shows like “Cheers,” “Family Ties,” “Hill Street Blues,” and “Murder, She Wrote” were among the nominees at the 1986 Emmy Awards. With this year’s awards from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences airing live on Sunday, let’s take a quick look back and remember the year when “Golden Girls” and “Cagney & Lacey” took home the night’s top awards and Michael J. Fox, Betty White, William Daniels and Sharon Glass were honored for their acting abilities.  The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards will air Sunday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. ET on ABC. Hit Backspace for a regular dose of pop culture nostalgia. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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The best Grand Theft Auto easter egg of all-time was just discovered
Yahoo News - 8 months
If you finished playing Grand Theft Auto V a few years ago, it's time to take it out of whatever drawer it's been hiding in and pop it into your Xbox or Playstation ASAP. Earlier this week, gamers unearthed an absolutely awesome easter egg that lets players assume the character of Big Foot and, if they're lucky, the Teen Wolf character from the 1985 Michael J. Fox film of the same name. DON'T MISS:  The iPhone 7 nightmare The story of this particular easter egg dates back quite a few months when some GTA V players began to poke around in the game's code. In turn, they discovered that the GTA V universe contains peyote plants that, when ingested, transform any of the game's three main character into Bigfoot. Of course, the peyote plants would only appear in certain weather conditions and had to be eaten in a precise order for the Bigfoot character to manifest. Following that, GTA V introduces a new "Wild Animal" character into the universe that must be chased down as part of a bizarre mi ...
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Michael J. Fox: How to honor Muhammad Ali
CNN - 9 months
Fox and his foundation's CEO Todd Sherer say we should honor Ali's fortitude in fighting Parkinson's with a renewed commitment to research
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Michael J. Fox Reflects on Friendship With Muhammad Ali
ABC News - 9 months
Muhammad Ali reached out to Michael J. Fox in 2000 after the actor revealed that he too was battling the incurable neurological condition. The two formed a friendship.
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Rod Daniel, director of 'Teen Wolf,' TV comedies, dead at 73
Yahoo News - 10 months
CHICAGO (AP) — Movie director Rod Daniel, known for light comedy films such as Michael J. Fox's "Teen Wolf," has died at his home in Chicago. He was 73.
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The 'Charlie Sheen effect' really did help HIV awareness
CNN - 12 months
It's called the "celebrity effect" — the ability of a well-known personality to raise awareness of an illness or public health concern. There was Katie Couric, Michael J. Fox, Angelina Jolie and now, Charlie Sheen for HIV.
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8 Movies That Might Be Better Than <i>Star Wars</i>
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Betsy Bozdech, Common Sense Media Need somewhere to go after you visit that galaxy far, far away? Or is your kid not quite ready for lightsaber duels and blaster battles? We've picked a few of our sci-fi favorites for adventure lovers of all stripes and ages; each has something that makes it a little bit different from the Star Wars saga. Just remember to check out detailed movie reviews to look for potential content issues before you push play. Less violent: E.T., ages 7 and older: Not only is this 80s favorite a sci-fi adventure with unforgettable images, it's also a touching family drama and a beautiful exploration of a unique friendship. And though there's plenty of suspense and peril, there's not much in the way of heavier violence. Friendlier aliens: Close Encounters of the Third Kind, ages 8 and older: Steven Spielberg's thrilling, thoughtful first-contact story unfolds with extraordinary power. And the plot is so different from many other alien movies: It says not ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Michael J. Fox
    FIFTIES
  • 2014
    Age 52
    In an interview with Jimmy Fallon in April 2014, Fox stated he negotiated the role at a payphone at Pioneer Chicken.
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  • 2012
    Age 50
    On August 20, 2012, NBC announced The Michael J. Fox Show, loosely based on his life.
    More Details Hide Details It was granted a 22-episode commitment from the network and premiered on NBC on September 26, 2013.
    On May 31, 2012, he received an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the Justice Institute of British Columbia to recognize his accomplishments as a performer as well as his commitment to raising research funding and awareness for Parkinson's disease.
    More Details Hide Details Fox recalled performing in role-playing simulations as part of police recruit training exercises at the Institute early in his career. Canada's Walk of Fame Double Helix Medal Hollywood Walk of Fame Goldene Kamera Grammy Awards Influential Canadian Expat Award Honorary Degrees Golden Globe Awards Primetime Emmy Awards People's Choice Awards Satellite Awards Saturn Awards Screen Actors Guild Awards
  • FORTIES
  • 2010
    Age 48
    On March 5, 2010, Fox received an honorary doctorate in medicine from Karolinska Institutet for his contributions to research in Parkinson's disease.
    More Details Hide Details He has also received an honorary doctorate of laws from the University of British Columbia.
    On June 4, 2010, the city of Burnaby, British Columbia, honoured Fox by granting him the Freedom of the City.
    More Details Hide Details Fox and his family reside in Manhattan, New York. Fox started displaying symptoms of early-onset Parkinson's disease in 1991 while shooting the movie Doc Hollywood, although he was not properly diagnosed until the next year. After his diagnosis, Fox began drinking more heavily than in the past; however, he sought help and stopped drinking altogether. In 1998, he decided to go public with his condition, and since then he has been a strong advocate of Parkinson's disease research. His foundation, The Michael J. Fox Foundation, was created to help advance every promising research path to curing Parkinson's disease, including embryonic stem cell studies. Fox manages the symptoms of his Parkinson's disease with the drug carbidopa/levodopa, and he also had a thalamotomy in 1998. His first book, Lucky Man, focused on how, after seven years of denial of the disease, he set up the Michael J. Fox Foundation, stopped drinking and began to be an advocate for people living with Parkinson's disease.
    On February 28, 2010, Fox provided a light-hearted segment during the 2010 Winter Olympics' closing ceremony in Vancouver, British Columbia, wherein he expressed how proud he is to be Canadian.
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    Fox also made several appearances in other media. At the 2010 Winter Olympics closing ceremony in Vancouver, Canada, he delivered comedy monologues, along with William Shatner and Catherine O'Hara, in the "I am Canadian" part of the show.
    More Details Hide Details Along with Tatjana Patitz, Fox appears in the 2011 Carl Zeiss AG calendar, photographed by Bryan Adams in New York City in the summer of 2010. Despite a sound-alike, A.J Locascio, voicing his character of Marty McFly in the 2011 Back to the Future episodic adventure game, Fox lent his likeness to the in-game version of Marty alongside Christopher Lloyd. Fox made a special guest appearance in the final episode of the series as an elder version of Marty, as well as his great-grandfather Willie McFly.
    Starting in 2010, Fox played a recurring role in the US drama The Good Wife as crafty attorney Louis Canning and earned Emmy nominations for three consecutive years.
    More Details Hide Details In 2011, Fox was featured as himself in the eighth season of the Larry David vehicle, Curb Your Enthusiasm. David's character (also himself) becomes a temporary resident of the New York City apartment building that Fox resides in and a conflict arises between the two, whereby David believes that Fox is using his condition (Parkinson's disease) as a manipulative tool.
    He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details He also was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in 2000.
  • 2009
    Age 47
    In 2009, he appeared in five episodes of the television series Rescue Me which earned him an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.
    More Details Hide Details Since 2000 Fox has 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).
  • 2006
    Age 44
    In 2006, Fox starred in a campaign ad for then State Auditor of Missouri Claire McCaskill (D) in her successful 2006 Senate campaign against incumbent Jim Talent (R), expressing her support for stem cell research.
    More Details Hide Details In Missouri, you can elect Claire McCaskill, who shares my hope for cures. Unfortunately, Senator Jim Talent opposes expanding stem cell research. Senator Talent even wanted to criminalize the science that gives us the chance for hope. They say all politics is local, but that's not always the case. The New York Times called it "one of the most powerful and talked about political advertisements in years" and polls indicated that the commercial had a measurable impact on the way voters voted, in an election that McCaskill won. His second book, Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist, describes his life between 1999 and 2009, with much of the book centred on how Fox got into campaigning for stem-cell research. On March 31, 2009, Fox appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show with Dr. Oz to publicly discuss his condition as well as his book, his family and his prime-time special which aired May 7, 2009 (Michael J. Fox: Adventures of an Incurable Optimist).
    In 2006, he appeared in four episodes of Boston Legal as a lung cancer patient.
    More Details Hide Details The producers brought him back in a recurring role for Season three, beginning with the season premiere. Fox was nominated for an Emmy Award for best guest appearance.
  • 2004
    Age 42
    In 2004, Fox guest starred in two episodes of the comedy-drama Scrubs as Dr. Kevin Casey, a surgeon with severe obsessive-compulsive disorder.
    More Details Hide Details The series was created by Spin City creator Bill Lawrence.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2000
    Age 38
    Fox won an Emmy award for Spin City in 2000, three Golden Globe Awards in 1998, 1999 and 2000 and two Screen Actors Guild Awards in 1999 and 2000.
    More Details Hide Details During the third season of Spin City, Fox made the announcement to the cast and crew of the show that he had Parkinson's disease. During the fourth season, he announced his retirement from the show to focus on spending more time with his family. He announced that he planned to continue to act and would make guest appearances on Spin City (he made three more appearances on the show during the final season). After leaving the show, he was replaced by Charlie Sheen, who portrayed the character Charlie Crawford. Altogether, 145 episodes were produced. Fox also served as an executive producer during his time on the show, alongside co-creators Bill Lawrence and Gary David Goldberg.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1991
    Age 29
    After being privately diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 1991 and being cautioned he had "ten good working years left," Fox hastily signed a three-film contract, appearing in For Love or Money (1993), Life With Mikey (1993) and Greedy (1994).
    More Details Hide Details The mid-1990s saw Fox play smaller supporting roles in The American President (1995) and Mars Attacks! (1996). His last major film role was in The Frighteners (1996), directed by Peter Jackson. The Frighteners tells the story of Frank Bannister (Fox), an architect who develops psychic abilities allowing him to see, hear, and communicate with ghosts. After losing his wife, he uses his new abilities by cheating customers out of money for his "ghost hunting" business. However, a mass murderer comes back from Hell, prompting Frank to investigate the supernatural presence. Fox's performance received critical praise, Kenneth Turan in The Los Angeles Times wrote; "The film's actors are equally pleasing. Both Fox, in his most successful starring role in some time, and Trini Alvarado, who looks rather like Andie MacDowell here, have no difficulty getting into the manic spirit of things."
    The Hard Way was also released in 1991, with Fox playing an undercover actor learning from police officer James Woods.
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    In 1991, he starred in Doc Hollywood, a romantic comedy about a talented medical doctor who decides to become a plastic surgeon.
    More Details Hide Details While moving from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles, he winds up as a doctor in a small southern town in South Carolina. Michael Caton-Jones, from Time Out, described Fox in the film as "at his frenetic best".
  • 1989
    Age 27
    He also won a Golden Globe Award in 1989.
    More Details Hide Details Brandon Tartikoff, one of the show's producers, felt that Fox was too short in relation to the actors playing his parents, and tried to have him replaced. Tartikoff reportedly said that "this is not the kind of face you'll ever find on a lunch-box." After his later successes, Fox presented Tartikoff with a custom-made lunch-box with the inscription "To Brandon, this is for you to put your crow in. Love and Kisses, Michael J. Fox." Tartikoff kept the lunch-box in his office for the rest of his NBC career. While filming Family Ties, Fox met his wife, Tracy Pollan, who portrayed his girlfriend, Ellen. When Fox left the TV series Spin City, his final episodes made numerous allusions to Family Ties: Michael Gross (who played Alex's father Steven) portrays Mike Flaherty's (Fox's) therapist, and there is a reference to an off-screen character named "Mallory". Also, when Flaherty becomes an environmental lobbyist in Washington, D.C., he meets a conservative senator from Ohio named Alex P. Keaton, and in one episode Meredith Baxter played Mike's mother.
  • 1988
    Age 26
    Fox married actress Tracy Pollan on July 16, 1988, at West Mountain Inn in Arlington, Vermont.
    More Details Hide Details The couple have four children: son Sam Michael (born May 30, 1989), twin daughters Aquinnah Kathleen and Schuyler Frances (born February 15, 1995), and daughter Esmé Annabelle (born November 3, 2001). Fox holds dual Canadian-US citizenship.
  • 1986
    Age 24
    Fox won three Emmy awards for Family Ties, in 1986, 1987 and 1988.
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  • 1985
    Age 23
    The film spent 8 consecutive weekends as the number-one grossing movie at the US box office in 1985 and eventually earned a worldwide total of $381.11 million.
    More Details Hide Details Variety applauded the performances, stating that Fox and his co-star Christopher Lloyd imbued Marty and Doc Brown's friendship with a quality reminiscent of King Arthur and Merlin. The film was later followed by two similarly-successful sequels, Back to the Future Part II (1989) and Back to the Future Part III (1990). During and immediately after the Back to the Future trilogy, Fox starred in Teen Wolf (1985), Light of Day (1987), The Secret of My Success (1987), Bright Lights, Big City (1988) and Casualties of War (1989). In The Secret of My Success, Fox played a recent graduate from Kansas State University who moves to New York City where he has to deal with the ups and downs of the business world. The film was successful at the box office, taking $110 million worldwide. Roger Ebert in The Chicago Sun Times wrote; "Fox provides a fairly desperate center for the film. It could not have been much fun for him to follow the movie's arbitrary shifts of mood, from sitcom to slapstick, from sex farce to boardroom brawls."
  • 1982
    Age 20
    Shortly afterward, he began playing "Young Republican" Alex P. Keaton in the show Family Ties which aired on NBC for seven seasons, 1982–89.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1979
    Age 17
    Fox, at age 15, starred in the Canadian television series Leo and Me produced by the CBC, and in 1979, at age 18, he moved to Los Angeles to further his acting career.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly after his marriage, he decided to move back to Vancouver. Fox is one of four members of the Leo and Me cast and crew who eventually developed Parkinson's disease in mid-life, an unusually high number that led to some investigation as to whether an environmental factor may have played a role. Fox was discovered by producer Ronald Shedlo and made his American television debut in the television film Letters from Frank, credited under the name "Michael Fox". He intended to continue to use the name, but when he registered with the Screen Actors Guild, which requires unique registration names to avoid credit ambiguities, he discovered that Michael Fox, a veteran character actor, was already registered under the name. As he explained in his autobiography, Lucky Man: A Memoir and in interviews, he needed to come up with a different name. He did not like the sound of "Michael A. Fox" during a time when "fox" was coming to mean "attractive" and because his middle initial sounded too much like the Canadian "eh?" He also didn't like the sound of "Andrew" or "Andy," so he decided to adopt a new middle initial and settled on "J", as an homage to actor Michael J. Pollard.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1971
    Age 9
    Fox's family lived in various cities and towns across Canada because of his father's career. The family finally moved to the Vancouver suburb of Burnaby, British Columbia, when his father retired in 1971.
    More Details Hide Details His father died on January 6, 1990, from a heart attack. Fox attended Burnaby Central Secondary School, and now has a theatre named for him in Burnaby South Secondary.
  • 1961
    Born
    Fox was born on June 9, 1961, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, to Phyllis (née Piper), an actress/payroll clerk, and William Fox, a police officer and Canadian Forces member.
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