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Top 10 Facts - Michael J. Fox
10.28.2015
Fact #1

Michael Andrew Fox, OC (born June 9,1961), known as Michael]. Fox, is a Canadian-American actor, author, producer, and advocate. Fox was born on June 9,1961, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, to Phyllis (Piper), an actress/payroll clerk, and William Fox, a police of?cer and Canadian Forces member.

Fact #2

Fox's ?rst feature ?lm roles were Midnight Madness (1980) and Class of 1984 (1982), credited in both as Michael Fox. Shortly afterward, he began playing "Young Republican" Alex P. Keaton in the show Family Ties which aired on NBC for seven seasons, 1982-89.

Fact #3

At its peak, the audience for Family Ties drew one-third of America's households every week. Fox won three Emmy awards for Family Ties, in 1986, 1987 and 1988.He also won a Golden Globe Award in 1989.

Fact #4

In January 1985 Fox was cast to replace Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly, a teenager who is accidentally sent back in time from 1985 to 1955 in Back to the Future.

Fact #5

Spin City ran from 1996 to 2002 on American television network ABC. The show was based on a ?ctional local government running New York City, originally starring Fox as Mike Flaherty, a Fordham Law School graduate serving as the Deputy Mayor of New York. 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.

Fact #6

Fox married actress Tracy Pollan on July 16, 1988, at West Mountain Inn in Arlington, Vermont. 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 Esme Annabelle (born November 3, 2001).

Fact #7

Fox holds dual Canadian-U.S. citizenship. 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.

Fact #8

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. Fox manages the symptoms of his Parkinson's disease with the drug carbidopa/levodopa, and he also had a thalamotomy in 1998.

Fact #9

His ?rst book, Lucky Man, focused on how, after seven years of denial of the disease, he set up the Michael] Fox Foundation, stopped drinking and began to be an advocate for people living with Parkinson's disease. In Lucky Man, Fox wrote that he did not take his medication prior to his testimony before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee in 1999.

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