|Name: Michael Andrew Fox
June 9th, 1961
Karen, Jackie, and Kelli
Sam, Aquinnah, and Schuyler
Most Successful Movies: Back to the Future Trilogy, The Secret of My Success, Doc Hollywood
Least Successful Movies:
Light Of Day, Life With Mikey, For Love or Money
- 1961 Michael Andrew Fox is born in Edmonton, Alberta
- 1976 Michael
lands a role in Leo and Me,
A CBC tv-show. It lasts 13 weeks.
- 1979 Michael
drops out of high school and moves to Los Angeles.
- 1980 Michael
appears in his first major motion picture, Midnight Madness, which Disney has since disowned.
- Michael lands the role of Willy-Jo Hall in the highly anticipated CBS
drama Palmerstown USA.
It is cancelled in less than a season.
Nearly broke, and ready to go back to Canada, Michael lands the role
of Alex Keaton when Matthew Broderick turns it down.
- Family Ties premieres
to decent reviews, but very low ratings.
- 1983 NBC
executive Grant Tinker, decides that Family Ties just needs more time to find an audience, and orders an additional 22 episodes.
- 1984 His
commitment to Family Ties
prevents Michael from taking the role of Duckie in Pretty In Pink.
- His commitment to Family
Ties prevents Michael from taking the role of Marty McFly in
Back to the Future.
- 1985 Six
weeks into filming, Robert Zemeckis decides to replace Eric Stoltz, in Back
to the Future, with Michael J. Fox, and work around his Family Ties commitment.
- From January to March, Michael films Back
to the Future and shoots Family
Ties at the same time.
- Family Ties finishes
the 1984-85 season at #5 in the Neilsens.
- Back to the Future
opens and becomes the highest grossing movie of the year, turning Michael into a major Hollywood star.
- Teen Wolf, a low budget comedy filmed before Back
to the Future, is released and opens #2 at the box office, right
behind Back to the Future.
- Tracy Pollan makes her debut on Family
Ties as Ellen Reed, a role that would last one season.
- Michael is nominated for his first emmy for Family Ties.
- James Cagney calls into The
Donahue Show, and asks Michael to portray him in a movie.
finishes the 1985-86 season #2 in the Nielsens.
- Michael wins his first emmy for Family
- 1987 Michael's
first post-Back to the Future movie, Light of Day, is a huge diappointment, critically and financially.
- Family Ties finishes
the 1986-87 season #2 in the Nielsens.
- Secret of My Success
opens to mixed reviews, but does generally well at the box office.
- Family Ties is
moved from the comfy post-Cosby Show timeslot to the more competitive Sunday slot against Murder,
- Michael wins his 2nd emmy for Family
- 1988 The
heavily hyped Bright Lights, Big City gets a few good reviews, but is a major bomb at the box office.
- Amidst a media circus, Michael and Tracy Pollan are married.
- Family Ties finishes
the 1987-88 season at #17 in the Nielsens.
- Michael wins his 3rd emmy for Family
- 1989 Family
Ties ends it's 7 year run.
- Casualties of War
receives mixed reviews and is a disappointment at the box office.
- Michael wins a Golden Globe Award for Family
- The 2nd film in the Back to the Future trilogy is released and sets
a box office record for opening weekend.
- Michael is nominated for his 5th emmy for Family
Ties, but loses out to Richard Mulligan.
- Sam Michael Fox is born.
Michael's father passes away.
- The final Back to the
Future film is released, effectively signalling the end of Michael's
career of playing teenagers.
- 1991 The
much hyped The Hard Way
turns out to be a critical and box office bomb.
- Michael is diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
- Doc Hollywood opens
to good reviews and ends up being the sleeper hit of the summer.
- Michael directs an episode of Tales
From the Crypt.
- 1992 Michael
takes a year vacation to spend time with Tracy and Sam.
Life With Mikey
receives horrible reviews and is a humongous flop at the box office.
- For Love Or Money is moved out of summer in an attempt to distance itself
from Life With Mikey.
It doesn't help, and is still to this day Michael's least successful movie.
- 1994 Greedy opens to terrible reviews
and is a huge bomb at the box office.
- Michael returns to TV in the Woody Allen TV movie Don't Drink the Water. It finishes dead
last in its timeslot.
- 1995 The
first movie for Michael's Snowback productions, Coldblooded, premieres at The Sundance Film Festival.
- Michael takes a supporting role in a highly anticipated romantic comedy,
The American President,
which wins him raves and sets his career back on track.
- Aquinna Kathleen Fox and Schuyler Frances Fox are born.
- 1996 Robert
Zemeckis likes the Frighteners so much he moves it up from Halloween to a very competitive summer. It flops.
- Spin City premieres
to critical raves and high ratings.
- Michael is nominated for a Golden Globe for Spin City.
- Mars Attacks! opens to disappointing reviews and box office.
- 1997 Spin
City finishes the 1996-97 season #19 in the Nielsens
- Michael is nominated for his 6th emmy, this time for Spin City.
- 1998 Michael
wins a Golden Globe award as Best Actor in a Comedy for Spin City.
- Spin City finishes
the 1997-98 season at #45 in the Nielsens, winning it's timeslot in a tough battle and is renewed for a 3rd season.
- One day before Thanksgiving, Michael announces to the public that he
has Parkinson's disease.
Michael wins his 2nd Golden Globe award as Best Actor in a Comedy
for Spin City.