Michael J Fox is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, writer, and film producer whose career dates back approximately fifty years. During this time he was featured in several notable works including the Back to the Future trilogy and the ABC sitcom, Spin City (1996-2000), where he starred as Marty McFly and Mike Flaherty respectively.
He has advocated for people he lives with with Parkinson’s disease since he was diagnosed with the condition in 1991. Though he slowly retired from acting in 2000, it did nothing to slow his work in other capacities.
For his efforts, Michael J Fox was the recipient of several notable awards, including five Primetime Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, a Grammy Award, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. Most importantly, Michael J Fox is a proud husband and father of four grown children. He is also the author of three bestsellers. Let’s get to know this incredible star as we take a look at his Biography, Net Worth and Family Life.
Michael J Fox’s Bio, Age
Michael J Fox was born – Michael Andrew Fox – in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on June 9, 1961 to the family of William and Phyllis Piper Fox. His father William worked as a police officer and while his mother was an actress and payroll clerk in Alberta. We can’t say for sure if William and his four siblings – Kelli, Karen, Jacki and Steven – grew up in Alberta. Because of his father’s work, the family lived in different cities across Canada. When he was 10, the family finally settled in Burnaby, a large suburb of Vancouver, British Columbia. His father had retired from the service by that time, but passed away on January 6, 1990 due to a heart attack he suffered.
Growing up, Fox struggled in school and was considered too young to participate in his favorite extracurricular activity, ice hockey. However, he found an outlet in the acting class and made his professional acting debut on the CBS series Leo and I in 1976. He was only 15 at the time. Three years later, Fox moved to Los Angeles to further his acting career. He spent the next nine years there before returning to Vancouver after his marriage. If you’re still wondering where the “J” in his name came from, that’s quite a long story.
When Michael J Fox registered with ScreenThe Actors Guild, which requires unique registration names to avoid credit ambiguity, it was quick to discover that Michael Fox, a veteran character actor, was already registered under that name. So Fox had to come up with another name. The sound of “Michael A. Fox” didn’t sit well with him. Also, he didn’t like the sound of “Andrew” or “Andy,” so he adopted a new middle initial, “J.” As he writes in his autobiography, it was a tribute to actor Michael J. Pollard.
Although most sources cite his first appearance as Family Ties . Before Family Ties, however, he appeared in Midnight Madness (1980) and Class of 1984 (1982). Shortly thereafter, Michael J Fox appeared as Alex P. Keaton on the show Family Ties , which aired on NBC from 1982 to 1989. In its heyday, one-third of American households monitored Family Ties on a weekly basis. During his performance, Fox won three Emmy Awards in 1986, 1987 and 1988. In addition, Michael won a Golden Globe Award in 1989. Teen Wolf and Back to the FutureFox soon became a teenage idol. The VH1 television series The Greatest later named him among the “50 Greatest Teen Idols”.
He also starred in Back to the Future which was a commercial and critical success. The film ranked as the best feature film for eight straight weekends in 1985 at the US box office, eventually grossing $381.11 million worldwide. What followed were two successful sequels, Back to the Future Part II (1989) and Back to the Future Part III (1990). He won the Saturn Award for Best Actor for his role in Back to the Future (1985).
Following the film’s success, Fox appeared in Teen Wolf (1985), Daylight (1987), The Secret to My Success (1987), Bright Lights, Big City (1988) and Death of War (1989), Doc Hollywood (1991), The Hard Road (1991), For Love or Money (1993), Life with Mikey (1993) and Greedy (1994), The American President (1995), Mars Attacks! (1996), The Terrifying Ones (1996). Michael J Fox also starred as Mike Flaherty in Spin City. The series aired on ABC from 1996 to 2002. In 2009, Fox was in five episodes of the TV series Save Me; Earned him an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.
In addition to his acting career, Michael J Fox has also authored and published three books: Lucky Man: A Memoir (2002), Always on the Quest: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist (2009) and A Fun Event on the Road to the Future: Twists and Lessons learned (2010).
Wealth (income and earnings)
With over four decades of screen presence, Michael J Fox had a track record of incredible acting with many film and television credits including millions of dollars. Sources put the net worth in excess of $65 million. However, there are no exact figures for his annual takeaway.
Michael J Fox family: wife, son, children
Fox met his sweetheart, Tracy Pollan, while filming family ties. She portrayed his girlfriend Ellen on the series. They were married on July 16, 1988 at the West Mountain Inn in Arlington, Vermont. Together they have four children; Sam Michael (born May 30, 1989), twin daughters Aquinnah Kathleen and Schuyler Frances (born February 15, 1995), and another daughter Esmé Annabelle (born November 3, 2001). The family lives in Manhattan, New York.
height and body measurements
Michael J Fox has a petite build. He is 1.64 meters tall and weighs 66 kg. He has light brown hair and blue eyes. As for the details, we have no idea of body measurements and shoe size.