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Michael J. Fox first achieved stardom as Alex P. Keaton on the popular sitcom Family Ties and went on to have great success as a film and television actor, appearing in such films as Back to the Future and Teen Wolf, and on TV series like Spin City.
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In 1999, Fox contributed his trademark voice and comic flare as the title character (a little white mouse) in the film adaptation of E.B. White's Stuart Little. The actor was honored with a star on the fabled Hollywood Walk of Fame in December 2002.
In late 1999, Michael J. Fox made the startling announcement that he had been battling Parkinson's disease since 1991, and had even undergone brain surgery to alleviate tremors caused by the condition. Despite Spin City's incredible success and a showering of Emmy and Golden Globe awards, Fox announced in early 2000 that he would be leaving the show, which he also executive produced, to spend time with his family and to concentrate on raising money and awareness for Parkinson's disease. He left Spin City following his fourth season—and 100th episode—on the show and, in May 2000, launched the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, a nonprofit organization "dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson's disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson's today." Today, the foundation is credited as the world's largest nonprofit funder of drug development for Parkinson's disease.
Fox won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his final season on Spin City, along with the respect and support of the entire Hollywood community.
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.
Fox went on to make guest appearances on such TV series as Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Good Wife, and later began starring on a new sitcom, The Michael J. Fox Show, premiering on NBC in 2013; he co-stars with Betsy Brandt, best known for her role as Marie Schrader on the hit show Breaking Bad, on the series.
Fox married actress Tracy Pollan (who played Ellen, Alex Keaton's girlfriend, on Family Ties) in 1988. The couple has four children: son Sam, twin girls Aquinnah and Schuyler, and daughter Esmé Annabelle.
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