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'''Michael J. Fox''' (June 9, 1961-) is a [[UsefulNotes/{{Canada}} Canadian]] actor, author, [[CelebrityVoiceActor voice over artist]], and [[TheWoobie woobie]] with a face that seems born to make us laugh.

He started off as a TeenIdol in TheEighties, making a dual hit on both film and television as Marty [=McFly=] from the ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' trilogy (1985-1990) and Alex P. Keaton from ''Series/FamilyTies'' (1982-1989), for which he won three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award. A rather popular but generally less famous role was the main character in ''Film/TeenWolf''. He also did [[TomHanksSyndrome some serious stuff]] that almost no one remembers, and he's acknowledged that he isn't an actor who can "blend" into a wide variety of roles.

In TheNineties, he played Mike Flaherty on ''Series/SpinCity'' (1996-2000), for which he won an Emmy, three Golden Globes, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991, and disclosed his condition to the public in 1998. Fox semi-retired from acting in 2000 as the symptoms of his disease worsened. He has since become an advocate for research towards finding a cure.

Despite his "retirement" he has guest starred on various television shows and also some voice acting work, most notably ''Film/StuartLittle'' and ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'', where his distinctive child-like voice adds to the generally benign nature of his characters. Some of his guest spots have him [[DisabledCharacterDisabledActor pigeon-holed as a man with an illness]], when he guested on ''Series/BostonLegal'' he had lung cancer, when he guested on ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' he had OCD and when he guested on Series/TheGoodWife he had a neurological disorder.

He also appeared as himself in his prime time special ''Michael J. Fox: Adventures of an Incurable Optimist (A Personal Journey of Hope)'' in May 2009. He made a surprise appearance at the closing ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics, where he declared [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming everyone attending to be honorary Canadians]] - [[CrowningMomentOfFunny which he then claims means that]] [[FridgeBrilliance Canada won every gold medal of the games]]! On May 4, 2010, he (for lack of a better word) trolled Creator/StephenColbert on his own [[Series/TheColbertReport show]]. In 2011, he also trolled Creator/LarryDavid on his [[CurbYourEnthusiasm show]].

He made his return to TV with the sitcom ''Series/TheMichaelJFoxShow'', which ran from October 2013 to January 2014.
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!!Filmography
* ''Series/FamilyTies'' (1982-89) - Alex P. Keaton
* ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' Trilogy (1985-90) - Marty [=McFly=], Marty [=McFly=] Jr. (Part II), Marlene [=McFly=] (Part II), Seamus [=McFly=] (Part III)
* ''Film/TeenWolf'' (1985) - Scott Howard
* ''Film/TheSecretOfMySuccess'' (1987)
* ''Film/DocHollywood'' (1991)
* ''Film/TheHardWay'' (1991) - Nick Lang
* ''Film/ForLoveOrMoney'' (1993)
* ''Film/TheAmericanPresident'' (1995) - Lewis Rothschild
* ''Film/TheFrighteners'' (1996) - Frank Bannister
* ''Series/SpinCity'' (TV series) (1996-2000) - Michael "Mike" Flaherty
* ''Film/StuartLittle'' (and sequels) (1999) - Stuart Little (voice)
* ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' (and sequels) (2001) - Milo Thatch
* ''Series/TheMichaelJFoxShow'' (2013-14) - Mike Henry

!!Tropes Associated with Michael J. Fox
* AndIMustScream: Fox describes this as what would happen if he was in a position where he couldn't take his pills.
* BreakoutCharacter: Alex P. Keaton was meant to contrast his parents, but effectively became the star of the show.
* CanadaEh
* DawsonCasting: He was 23 playing 17 year old Marty [=McFly=], and due to his short stature and youthful face has almost never played a character the same age. In ''SpinCity'' Michael Flaherty was established as just turning 30 just as Fox was approaching 40.
* FakeAmerican: Many people are very surprised to learn he is Canadian.
* FatalMethodActing: Almost fell victim to this in ''Back to the Future: Part III''. While shooting the hanging scene, his hand slipped and he got hanged for real, until a crewmember noticed he wasn't breathing and resuscitated him.
* {{Keet}}: He's always been quite energetic and he confessed that in more recent productions his energy is to hide the signs of Parkinson's.
* MilitaryBrat: In RealLife; he's the son of a Canadian Forces member who moved around Canada until he was 10, when his father retired and settled the family in the UsefulNotes/{{Vancouver}} area.
* OlderThanHeLooks: For many years, due to his short stature and youthful face. However, the effects of his condition have been pushing him up recently. Even still, he doesn't look like he is fifty.
* OldShame: He really hated working on ''Film/TeenWolf'' and refused to come back for [[TeenWolfToo the sequel]].
** He regrets dropping out of high school in order to pursue his career as an actor as "a stupid youthful mistake", that he has since mandated that his children should at least finish high school and maybe one year of college themselves.
** On a recent appearance on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nstFFtq_uE4 The Howard Stern Show]], Fox admits he doesn't like most of the films he made after his Parkinson's diagnosis, because during that time his thinking was, [[MoneyDearBoy "I'd better do as many movies as I can before I can no longer act"]], and started accepting roles for movies that, in the end, weren't very good.
* OneSteveLimit: There was already a Michael Fox in the Screen Actor's Guild when Michael J. Fox was just starting out, so he used the middle initial "J" in homage to actor Michael J. Pollard. For the record, his middle name is actually Andrew, but he wanted to avoid headlines like "Michael, A Fox!" or [[CanadaEh "Michael 'Eh?' Fox"]]. Now he's taken over as videos are of the other Michael Fox are impossible to find.
* TeensAreShort: He's around 5'4", which allowed him to play teenage characters into his late twenties. The producers of ''Series/FamilyTies'' actually thought he was too short to be the son of 6'4" Michael Gross.
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