Michael J. Fox is a respected and beloved Canadian actor, writer, and producer who has come into the spotlight with his role as Alex P. Keaton in the American sitcom Family Ties. Over the course of his career, he has received several awards, including a Grammy Award, five Primetime Emmy Awards, two Screen Actor Guild Awards, and four Golden Globe Awards.
His many accomplishments have inspired a desire in his teeming fans to learn more about his personal life and how he has been able to accomplish so much in an industry where many are known to fail.
Biography & Age
Michael Andrew Fox was born on June 9, 1961, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. His mother, Phyllis, is an actress and employee, while his father, William Fox, was a policeman and member of the Canadian armed forces. At first, the family could not settle in one particular place, as they commuted through the cities due to his father’s work.
In 1971 William Fox retired and the family finally moved to Burnaby in British Columbia, where the young actor attended Burnaby Central Secondary School. When he was 15 years old, he played the lead role in the television series Leo and Me. At 18 he decided to move to Los Angeles to concentrate more on his acting.
Michael, who was discovered by producer Ronald Sheldon, starred in the TV movie Letters From Frank. The Canadian actor was obviously not satisfied with the fact that Michael A. Fox was his professional name, so he decided to create a new middle initial ‘J’, which served as a homage to the actor Michael J. Pollard.
Michael J. Fox also starred in several critically acclaimed and commercially successful films during the 1980s, including the Back to the Future trilogy, Teen Wolf (1985), and The Secrets of My Success (1987).
In 1990 Michael lost his father to a heart attack. The following year, he was privately diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and was told he had ten more years to work. This prompted him to sign a contract for three films in which he starred in For Love or Money (1993), Life With Mikey (1993), and Greedy (1994). His last major film appearance was The Frighteners (1996), where he played the role of an architect who communicates with ghosts.
In addition to acting, Michael J. Fox has provided his voice for several voice-over roles in films such as Homeward Bound I & II, Stuart Little, and Atlantis: The Lost Empire. He has also appeared in television shows such as Spin City, Scrubs, and Rescue Me, which all earned him awards. Finally, in the third season of Spin City, he announced his illness and his retirement from the show.
The five-time Emmy award winner, who is also an author, has published three books, including his autobiography Lucky Man: A Memoir, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future: Twists and turns and lessons he learned and always looks up: The adventures of an incurable optimist.
With a flourishing career throughout his time on the screen, Michael J. Fox has accumulated a net worth of $65 million for himself. That’s pretty impressive when you consider that he put the brakes on his career when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
Family – Wife & Children
Michael J. Fox is currently married to actress Tracy Pollan, and the couple has four children. Tracy Jo Pollan has starred in films such as The Promised Land (1987), A Stranger Among Us (1992), Fine Things (1990), Natalie Holloway (2009), and Justice For Natalie Holloway (2011).
Tracy first met Michael J. Fox on the set of Family Ties, where she played the role of his girlfriend. They met again on the set of Bright Lights, Big City, and started a relationship a few years later. The couple married on July 16, 1988, and are still happy together decades later.
Their first child, Sam Michael Fox, was born on May 30, 1989. On February 15, 1995, they had twin daughters, Aquinnah Kathleen Fox and Schuyler Frances Fox. Their youngest child is Annabelle Fox, who was born on November 3, 2001.
Is Michael J Fox Dead or Alive?
When Michael J. Fox discovered that he suffered from Parkinson’s disease, he became an enthusiastic supporter of research into the disease. He established a foundation, the Michael J. Fox Foundation, to further promote better research, especially in the search for a cure.
Being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease is not a death sentence, because as such the actor is still alive today, even though he was diagnosed decades ago.
However, the actor is not exempt from the death hoaxes on the Internet. On August 4, 2018, it was reported that the Family Ties Star died from the consequences of pneumonia, which is a complication of Parkinson’s disease. This proved to be an unfounded hoax when his foundation published a report confirming that the actor was still alive and well.