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Michael J. Fox

  • Canadian actor
  • Born June 9, 1961

Michael Andrew Fox (born June 9, 1961), known professionally as Michael J. Fox, is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, author, and film producer with a film and television career spanning from the 1970s. He starred in the Back to the Future trilogy in which he portrayed Marty McFly. Other notable roles have included his portrayal of Alex P. Keaton on the American sitcom Family Ties (1982–1989) and Mike Flaherty on the ABC sitcom Spin City (1996–2000). He has won five Primetime Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, a Grammy Award, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.


I don't have any affirmations, I don't have any of that stuff. My natural state is to look at things as possibilities and as opportunities.




Life is the power that's greater than I can ever comprehend. The way life runs through everything, even the tiniest elements of nature - that makes me humble.




What other people think about me is not my business.




Acceptance doesn't mean resignation; it means understanding that something is what it is and that there's got to be a way through it.




I don't have a set of tenets, but I live an ethical life. I practice a humility that presupposes there's a power greater than myself. And I always believe, don't inflict harm where it's not necessary.




I have a remarkably normal life.




I don't look at myself as a leader. I do look at myself as part of a community.




Now I feel and I say all the time that vanity is, like, long gone. I'm really free of worrying about what I look like, because it's out of my shaky hands. I don't control it. So why would I waste one second of my life worrying about it?




I had all the usual ambition growing up. I wanted to be a writer, a musician, a hockey player. I wanted to do something that wasn't nine to five. Acting was the first thing I tried that clicked.




Always be available to your kids. Because if you say, 'Give me five minutes, give me ten minutes,' it'll be 15, it'll be 20. And then when you get there, the shine will have worn off whatever it is they wanted to share with you.




I have no choice about whether or not I have Parkinson's. I have nothing but choices about how I react to it. In those choices, there's freedom to do a lot of things in areas that I wouldn't have otherwise found myself in.




I mean, I enjoy my work as an actor. But to make a difference in people's lives through advocacy and through supporting research - that's the kind of privilege that few people will get, and it's certainly bigger than being on TV every Thursday for half an hour.




The oldest form of theater is the dinner table. It's got five or six people, new show every night, same players. Good ensemble; the people have worked together a lot.




Humility is always a good thing. It's always a good thing to be humbled by circumstances so you can then come from a sincere place to try to deal with them.




I'm going to marry a Jewish woman because I like the idea of getting up Sunday morning and going to the deli.




So what I say about Tracy is this: Tracy's big challenge is not having a Parkinson's patient for a husband. It's having me for a husband. I happen to be a Parkinson's patient.




By 21, I was earning six figures a week. By 23, I had a Ferrari. It was nuts.




My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations.




Certainly people have a lot tougher situations than I've had to deal with. But I will say we are all dying from the moment we are born. This is not just rehearsal.




I believe that the majority of times the scale tilts toward the good. It's this amazing thing that rolls on and if we get in the flow of it, that's God. And if we fight it, if we swim the other way, we're swimming away from the purest expression of this life.




I think the scariest person in the world is the person with no sense of humor.

I think the scariest person in the world is the person with no sense of humor.




I've learned some exciting things - mostly, that people really want to help each other; and that, if you can lay out a vision for them - and that vision is sincere and genuine - they'll get interested.




I don't set a whole lot of goals. It smacks a little bit of will to me, and I find that will is not the way to go for me.




My view of life is colored by humor and looking at the best in any situation.




I can't be smug, because I know that you can lose anything at any point. And I can't be angry, because I haven't lost it.




I'm kind of private and I keep things inside a lot, but it's been so wonderful to realize that people care about you in a very deep way and that there is some bond between an actor and his audience. I don't even know how to describe that feeling.




Pity is just another form of abuse.




Life delivered me a catastrophe, but I found a richness of soul.




I'm a dad, I'm a husband, I'm an activist, I'm a writer and I'm just a student of the world.




I didn't just want to be a poster boy and sign on to publicize somebody else's method of operations. If I was going to put myself out there, I wanted to make sure that it was to an end. So I got involved with this congressional hearing about Parkinson's being underfunded.




As a kid, I was into music, played guitar in a band. Then I started acting in plays in junior high school and just got lost in the puzzle of acting, the magic of it. I think it was an escape for me.




I was eccentric, even as a kid. I was an early reader, an early talker. I was very curious in a way that maybe the other kids weren't. I was a little more outgoing.

I was eccentric, even as a kid. I was an early reader, an early talker. I was very curious in a way that maybe the other kids weren't. I was a little more outgoing.




The thing that brings people to wail at a wall, or face Mecca, or to go to church, is a search for that feeling of purity.




But the key to our marriage is the capacity to give each other a break. And to realize that it's not how our similarities work together; it's how our differences work together.




I always felt that I came up short in the education department, but I've come to the conclusion that we all get an education.




When you're a short actor you stand on apple boxes, you walk on a ramp. When you're a short star everybody else walks in a ditch.



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