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Real-world
Michael. J. Fox
Michael J. Fox at 2011 TV Land Awards
Michael J. Fox in April 2011.
Birth Name
Michael Andrew Fox
Gender   Male
Date of birth
June 9, 1961 (age 54)
Place of birth
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Role(s)
Actor, author, producer, activist, voice-over artist
Characters portrayed
Michael (Werewolf in movie in The Curse of Candace)

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; and Mike Flaherty from Spin City (1996–2000), for which he won an Emmy, three Golden Globes, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

In a stealthy homage to his role in Teen Wolf, Fox voices Michael, a werewolf character in a film Candace Flynn watches in "The Curse of Candace".

Early life

Michael Andrew Fox was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the son of Phyllis (née Piper), an actress and payroll clerk, and William Fox, a police officer and member of the Canadian Forces. 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. He currently lives in Vancouver.[1] Fox attended Burnaby Central Secondary School, and now has a theatre named after him in Burnaby South Secondary.

Fox starred in the Canadian television series Leo and Me at the age of 15, and in 1979, moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career at the age of eighteen. Shortly after his marriage, he decided to move back to Vancouver, BC. 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.[2][3][4]

Fox was discovered by producer Ronald Shedlo and made his American television debut in the television movie 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 does not allow duplicate 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 "Andrew" or "Andy" Fox, so he decided to adopt a new middle initial and settled on "J", as a homage to actor Michael J. Pollard.[1]

Awards

Canada's Walk of Fame

  • 2000: Inducted, Canada's Walk of Fame[5]

Hollywood Walk of Fame

  • 2002: Star on the Walk of Fame – 7021 Hollywood Blvd.

Emmy Awards[6]

  • 1985: Nominated, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – Family Ties
  • 1986: Won, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series – Family Ties
  • 1987: Won, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series – Family Ties
  • 1988: Won, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series – Family Ties
  • 1989: Nominated, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series – Family Ties
  • 1997: Nominated, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series – Spin City
  • 1998: Nominated, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series – Spin City
  • 1999: Nominated, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series – Spin City
  • 2000: Won, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series – Spin City
  • 2006: Nominated, Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series – Boston Legal
  • 2009: Won, Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series – Rescue Me
  • 2011: Nominated, Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series- The Good Wife

Golden Globe Awards[7]

  • 1986: Nominated, Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series — Comedy/Musical – Family Ties
  • 1986: Nominated, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Comedy/Musical – Back to the Future
  • 1987: Nominated, Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series — Comedy/Musical – Family Ties
  • 1989: Won, Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series — Comedy/Musical – Family Ties
  • 1997: Nominated, Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series — Comedy/Musical – Spin City
  • 1998: Won, Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series — Comedy/Musical – Spin City
  • 1999: Won, Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series — Comedy/Musical – Spin City
  • 2000: Won, Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series — Comedy/Musical – Spin City

Screen Actors Guild Awards[8]

  • 1999: Won, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series – Spin City
  • 2000: Won, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series – Spin City

Saturn Awards

  • 1985: Won, Best Actor – Back to the Future[9]

People's Choice Awards

  • 1997: Won, Favorite Male Performer in a New Television Series[8]

Satellite Awards

  • 1997: Nominated, Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Comedy or Musical – Spin City[10]
  • 1998: Nominated, Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Comedy or Musical – Spin City[11]
  • 1999: Nominated, Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Comedy or Musical – Spin City[12]

Honorary Degrees

Grammy Awards[15]

  • 2010: Won, Best Spoken Word Album – Always Looking Up: Adventures of An Incurable Optimist

Influential Canadian Expat Award

Goldene Kamera

  • 2011: Goldene Kamera für Lebenswerk (Lifetime Achievement Award), German film and TV award.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Michael J. Fox Biography". The Michael J Fox Foundation. http://www.michaeljfox.org/about_aboutMichael.cfm. Retrieved August 25, 2010. 
  2. Atkins, Lucy (April 4, 2002). "Can you catch Parkinson's?". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2002/apr/04/medicalscience.healthandwellbeing. Retrieved January 23, 2011. 
  3. Rocca, Liz (March 27, 2002). "Michael J. Fox part of B.C. Parkinson's 'cluster'". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. http://www.seattlepi.com/local/64051_mjfox27ww.shtml. Retrieved January 23, 2011. 
  4. "Leo and Me (1981) - News". Internet Movie Database. March 27, 2002. http://imdb.com/title/tt0074017/news. Retrieved January 23, 2011. 
  5. "Michael J Fox Canada Walk of Fame Profile". Canada Walk of Fame Official Website. http://www.canadaswalkoffame.com/inductee/michael-j-fox. Retrieved August 23, 2010. 
  6. "EMMY Award History". EMMY Official Website. http://www.emmys.com/award_history_search?person=michael+j+fox&program=&start_year=0&end_year=2010&network=All&web_category=All&winner=All. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  7. "Michael J Fox Golden Globe History". Golden Globes Official Website. http://www.goldenglobes.org/browse/member/29740. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 "About Michael J Fox". The Michael J Fox Foundation. http://www.michaeljfox.org/about_aboutMichael.cfm. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  9. "Saturn Award History". Saturn Awards Official Website. http://www.saturnawards.org/past.html#filmactor. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  10. "Television Satellite Awards 1997". International Press Academy Website. http://www.pressacademy.com/satawards/awards1997.shtml. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  11. "Television Satellite Awards 1998". International Press Academy Website. http://www.pressacademy.com/satawards/awards1998.shtml. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  12. "Television Satellite Awards 1999". International Press Academy Website. http://www.pressacademy.com/satawards/awards1999.shtml. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  13. "Michael J Fox Receives Honorary Doctorate from NYU". New York University. May 14, 2008. http://www.nyu.edu/about/news-publications/news/2008/05/14/michael_j_fox_receives.html. Retrieved August 23, 2010. 
  14. "Michael J Fox Receives Degree of Doctor of Laws". University of British Columbia. May 22, 2008. http://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/hdcites/hdcites14.html#fox. Retrieved August 23, 2010. 
  15. "Best Spoken Word Album". Grammy Awards Official Website. http://www.grammy.com/nominees. Retrieved November 16, 2010. 
  16. "2009 Most Influential Canadian Expat". The Canadian Expat Association. November 4, 2009. http://thecanadianexpat.com/index.php/2009/11/04/2009-most-influential-canadian-expat/. Retrieved August 23, 2010. 
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