He later adopted the "J" as an homage to legendary character actor Michael J. Fox, a self-described "Army brat," moved several times during his childhood along with his parents, brother, and three sisters.
His parents moved their year-old son, his three sisters, Kelli FoxKaren, and Jacki, and his brother Steven, to Vancouver, British Columbia, after his father, a sergeant in the Canadian Army Signal Corps, retired.
During these years Michael developed his desire to act. At 15 he successfully auditioned for the role of a year-old in a series called Leo and Me Gaining attention as a bright new star in Canadian television and movies, Michael realized his love for acting when he appeared on stage in "The Shadow Box.
Then his agent called to tell him that he got the part of Alex P. Keaton on the situation comedy Family Ties Parents are William and Phyllis Fox. Owned a black Ferrari Mondial coupe Quit high school before graduating from his senior year.
Has said he regrets quitting high school as a "stupid youthful mistake". Has forbidden any of his kids to quit high school for Hollywood, demanding that they at least finish high school and maybe attend years of college. Was not the first choice to play Alex P. Keaton on Family Ties He was only chosen after Matthew Broderickwho was originally considered for the role, refused to have a long-term television obligation.
When filming Doc Hollywoodhe noticed his finger twitching. He was unable to control it. Although he never received a real high school diploma, Fox was given an honorary high school diploma from John Dewey High School in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York, when he spoke at their graduation in Has a theatre named after him located in his hometown of Burnaby, Brtitish Columbia, Canada.
Received his General Educational Development in Received his first guitar for Christmas when he was 8. He taught himself how to play. Good friends with Boston Bruins legend Cam Neely. Ironically, Fox did not allow this type of marketing when Family Ties became popular.
Negotiated the deal for Family Ties from a phone booth outside a now defunct Pioneer Chicken restaurant in Hollywood because he had no phone at home.
He was told the network would need to call, and he said he was only home between the hours of four and five. He waited for the call, and fortunately he was there to answer it and secure the Family Ties role.
Fox, their first choice for the role of Marty McFly due to scheduling conflicts. The role had then gone to Eric Stoltz. After filming for six weeks, Eric Stoltz was let go from the film because Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale felt he was "too intense" for the character.
Fox, who was then available, accepted when asked again and took over the role of Marty McFly.
Casting director Judith Weiner fought for him, so Goldberg gave him one more chance. He approached the second audition differently and was later called and offered the role. Keaton" in honor of his character on Family Ties His best-known roles, Alex P. Keaton is a conservative Republican whose hero is Ronald Reagan.
When he was paying his dues as a struggling actor in Hollywood, he sold half of a sectional couch to a neighbor, and sold paper back books to a local bookstore for cash to buy groceries.Michael J. Fox was born Michael Andrew Fox in to parents William and Phyllis in Edmonton, the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta.
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