Canadian-American actor, author, producer, and advocate, most famous for his portrayal of Marty McFly in the sci-fi blockbuster Back to the Future.
Fox first achieved stardom in 1982, as Alex P. Keaton on the popular television sitcom Family Ties. Prior to this, he appeared on the CBS series Leo and Me when he was just 15. After starring in the CBS movie Letters from Frank (also filmed in Canada), Fox dropped out of high school and drove to Los Angeles, California, with his father. There, he landed a role on the series Palmerstown, U.S.A. before being cast as Alex Keaton on Family Ties (1982-1989).
Michael J. Fox met with enormous success on the big screen, most notably playing Marty McFly in Back to the Future (1985). He returned for the second and third installments of the film series, released in 1989 and 1990, respectively. After playing comic roles in Teen Wolf (1985) and The Secret of My Success (1987), Fox, wanting to broaden his range, took some unlikely dramatic turns: He played a factory worker in Light of Day (1987), a cocaine-snorting fact checker in Bright Lights, Big City (1988), and earned critical acclaim for his starring role alongside Sean Penn in Brian DePalma's Vietnam saga Casualties of War (1989).
In 1996, he returned to primetime TV with a role on the ABC sitcom Spin City, which increased his popularity even more so. In 1999, Fox contributed his trademark voice and comic flare as the title character in the film adaptation of E.B. White's Stuart Little. The actor was honoured with a star on the fabled Hollywood Walk of Fame in December 2002.
In 2004, Fox guest-starred on the TV comedy Scrubs as Dr. Kevin Casey, a surgeon with obsessive-compulsive disorder. In 2006, he appeared in a recurring role on the drama Boston Legal, for which he garnered an Emmy nomination (best guest appearance). In 2009, Fox appeared on the dark drama Rescue Me. That same year, his TV special Michael J. Fox: Adventures of an Incurable Optimist, based on his best-selling book of the same title, aired on ABC.
Recently, Fox has made guest appearances on such TV series as Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Good Wife, and starred in the sitcom, The Michael J. Fox Show, in 2013.