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Michael J. Fox’s life was irrevocably altered when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in his twenties. For years, the beloved Back to the Future and Spin City performer kept his disease a secret. However, now that the word has spread, Fox is doing everything he can to raise awareness about Parkinson’s disease, raising millions of dollars.

While Parkinson’s disease has had a tremendous influence on his life, Michael J. Fox continues to have one of the most beautiful love stories. He and his wife are married for over 35 years. Their love remains strong now, and their children have all grown up.

Michael J. Fox’s life has been a great success, even though his Parkinson’s Disease has taken its toll on him.

Born on June 9, 1961, in Edmonton, Canada, Fox’s childhood was very special as his father had worked in the Canadian Armed Forces, and therefore, the family moved around a lot. Finally, the family settled in Burnaby, British Columbia, and Michael J. Fox found his passion for acting in junior high.

Michael J. Fox – early life & career

He joined the Drama division at school, and it was evident he was a talented actor. Per his website, his theater teacher encouraged him to audition for a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation series, Leo & Me, and Fox got the part.

He got several roles on television and, at the same time, worked at the local theater in Vancouver. Michael J. Fox had decided that acting was his call in life at that point. At the age of 17, he packed his bags to pursue an acting career in Los Angeles.

Fox dropped out of high school, and his parents always supported his big dreams. His father even drove him all the way to Los Angeles. Speaking on LIVE with Kelly and Mark recently, Fox said he still doesn’t know how he convinced his father to do it.

“I told him that I wanted to go to Los Angeles, I knew I wanted to go to the United States, I knew I wanted to be an actor. My father, I know, thought I was a hippie. He looked me in the eyes and said, ‘If you want to be a lumberjack, you might as well go to the forest.’ So he got me in the car and drove me to California,” Michael J. Fox recalled.

Michael Fox didn’t initially have the “J” in his name. Once in Hollywood, he attempted to join the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the labor union for film and television workers worldwide. However, when applying, he saw that there was another member named “Michael Fox.” Therefore, Fox added a middle initial to his name, choosing “J” as an homage to his favorite actor, Michael J. Pollard.

Fox fulfilled his dream of becoming an actor, and after only a few years, he got one of his most memorable roles. He was cast as Alex P. Keaton on the comedy series Family Ties, which became one of the biggest comedy series on television.

Michael J. Fox & Tracy Pollan’s love story

The promising actor became a star and won three Primetime Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award for his performances on the show.

Not long afterward, he landed other parts, including his legendary role as Marty McFly in Back to the Future.

The same year as Back to the Future was released, in 1985, Michael J. Fox would meet someone who would change his life forever.

On the set of Family Ties, he met Tracy Pollan. They were cast as each other’s love interests on the show. Sparks were only on-screen at the time, but a few years later, they’d reunite and fall in love.

Even so, Michael J. Fox already had a crush on Tracy while working on Family Ties.

Michael J. Fox – Parkinson’s

Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan tied the knot in 1988. They welcomed four children: Sam Michael Fox (born in 1989), twins Schuyler Frances and Aquinnah Kathleen (1995), and Esmé Annabelle (2001).

Fox was standing on top of the world. He had a very successful acting career and a wonderful family. But in 1991, at age 29, the beloved actor got the terrible news that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.

At first, Michael J. Fox thought he had a sports injury after developing a tremor in his pinky finger. The neurologist recommended he visit a physical therapist. However, it was not a sports injury but Parkinson’s.

“I had made my way shellshocked back to the apartment and met Tracy and told her, admittedly somewhat tearfully, this had been pronounced. And she didn’t blink. I could tell right away she was with me, and she was with me through whatever happened,” Fox told NPR.

“And, you know, what was tough about it was, with Parkinson’s, you don’t know what to expect because it was a twitching pinkie and a sore shoulder that brought me in there, and that was the basis of the diagnosis,” he added.

“I just wanted to relax”

When filming the show’s third season, Michael J. Fox realized he could no longer hide his Parkinson’s diagnosis. He decided to tell the world.

“I had press, and media people at my heels. And besides, I just wanted to relax — as much as that doesn’t make sense with Parkinson’s — I wanted to just give myself a break and see what happened. So I did. And I told Barbara Walters and People magazine, and everybody in the world knew,” Fox said.

In another interview, he recalled telling Spin City creator Gary David Goldberg about his illness.

Devotes his time to Parkinson’s research

As explained on the Michael J. Fox Foundation’s website: “The assay, which targets a protein found in the nervous system called alpha-synuclein, can detect the disease in both people with Parkinson’s and individuals not yet diagnosed or exhibiting symptoms of the disease, but who are at a high risk of developing it.”

The decade-long longitudinal study was led by the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research with support from more than 40 other organizations.

“I’m moved, humbled and blown away by this breakthrough, which is already transforming research and care, with enormous opportunity to grow from here,” Michael J. Fox said at the time. “I’m so grateful for the support of patients, families and researchers who are in it with us as we continue to kick down doors on the path to eradicating Parkinson’s once and for all.”

Michael J. Fox has devoted his life to Parkinson’s research and, of course, spending a lot of time with his family. On July 6, 2023, Michael and Tracy celebrated their 35th anniversary.

“I found a way to beat the house”

Therefore, falling is easy, and he has broken many bones.

“I had spinal surgery. I had a tumor on my spine. And it was benign, but it messed up my walking,” Fox said. “And then started to break stuff. Broke this arm, and I broke this arm; I broke this elbow. I broke my face. I broke my hand.”