What are some biographical facts about Michael J. Fox?


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Michael J. Fox was born Michael Andrew Fox in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on June 9, 1961. In addition to his acting career, Fox is well known for his struggle with Parkinson's disease and his efforts to raise awareness about the condition.

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Michael J. Fox first achieved success with the role of Alex P. Keaton on "Family Ties" and his roles in films such as "High School U.S.A.," "Poison Ivy" and "Teen Wolf." Fox rocketed to fame when he landed the role of Marty McFly in "Back to the Future," which became one of the most popular films of the 1980s. Fox reprised his role in "Back to the Future Part II" and "Back to the Future Part III" in 1989 and 1990, respectively.

In the 1990s, Fox's film career slowed down, despite appearing in popular films such as "The American President" and "Mars Attacks!" He played the lead role of Mike Flaherty on "Spin City" from 1996 to 2000, ultimately replaced by Charlie Sheen. In 1998, Fox went public about his Parkinson's disease in an effort to use his celebrity to raise awareness of the disease. Fox received numerous awards for his efforts to raise Parkinson's awareness, including being named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in 2007.

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