Michael J_ Fox

Occupation: Actor
Date of Birth: June 9, 1961
Place of Birth: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Sign: Sun in Gemini, Moon in Taurus
Relations: Wife: Tracy Pollan; kids: Sam Michael, twins Aquinnah Kathleen and Schuyler Frances
Education: High school


AT 5'4", Fox was easily overlooked by casting agents when he arrived in Hollywood at the age of 18, nearly starving due to lack of work. But at 21, he was tapped for the television sitcom Family Ties; he won three Emmys for his portrayal of the teen-aged capitalist Alex Keaton, and the show was a seven-year hit. In 1985, he starred in the first installment of the hugely popular Back to the Future series, and his celluloid stock soared. The Fox-Pollan nuptials, in 1988, caused an airborne media invasion.

But how quickly they forget. Fox's 1989 film, Casualties of War, in which he gave a strong performance, bombed, as did his next four flicks. He regained little of his lost glory with roles in Rob Reiner's The American President, Wayne Wang's Blue in the Face, and Tim Burton's Mars Attacks!, but fared significantly better back on the small screen, with a new television series, Spin City, in which he plays a wheeler-dealer New York City Deputy Mayor. 1999 brought the pint-sized Fox an assignment voicing the title mouse of the holiday family pic Stuart Little.

In November 1998, Fox revealed to People magazine that he had been secretly battling Parkinson's disease for the past seven years. The actor remains upbeat about his future, despite being afflicted with the crippling nerve disease, and believes a cure will be found by the time he is 50. In January 2000, Fox announced his decision to depart Spin City to focus on his battle with Parkinson's and to lobby for a cure.

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