Made professional acting debut on the CBC series "Leo and Me"
TV-movie acting debut, "Letters From Frank" (CBS); encouraged by Art Carney to pursue acting in Los Angeles, CA
Added middle initial 'J' to his professional name to distinguish him from the <i>other</i> Michael Fox (a much older character actor)
Made TV series debut as a regular on "Palmerstown U.S.A." (CBS)
Made film debut in "Midnight Madness"
Achieved fame as Alex P Keaton, the conservative elder son of two former hippies on popular NBC sitcom "Family Ties"
Feature debut in a leading role, playing Marty McFly in Robert Zemeckis' "Back to the Future"
Directed first short, "The Iceman Hummeth" for "David Letterman's 2nd Annual Holiday Film Festival" (NBC)
Acted opposite rocker Joan Jett in Paul Schrader's "Light of Day"
Starred as a young Midwesterner whose NYC life is coming apart at the seams in "Bright Lights, Big City"
Delivered fine dramatic turn as the conscience-stricken soldier in Brian De Palma's Vietnam drama "Casualties of War"
Reprised role of Marty McFly in "Back to the Future II" (1989) and "Back to the Future III" (1990), both directed by Zemeckis; also played multiple roles in both sequels
Made TV directorial debut with an episode of HBO's "Tales From the Crypt"
Helmed "Rainy Day" episode of "Brooklyn Bridge" (CBS), re-teaming with executive produce and creator Gary David Goldberg, who worked on "Family Ties"
Provided the voice of Chance (the Bulldog) in "Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey"
Played rare supporting turn as a heavy in "Where the River Flows North"
Portrayed Alex Magee in ABC movie version of Woody Allen's "Don't Drink the Water"
Formed Snowback Productions with Matt Tolmach
Producing debut, "Coldblooded"; also appeared in a cameo
Delivered dead-on portrayal of advisor to "The American President"
Appeared in Wayne Wang and Paul Auster's improvizational "Blue in the Face"
Reprised Chance for "Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco"
Joined the all-star cast of Tim Burton's "Mars Attacks!"
Re-teamed with Zemeckis (this time as executive producer) for Peter Jackson directed feature "The Frighteners"
Returned to series TV playing mayoral aide Michael Flaherty on ABC sitcom "Spin City"; also executive produced; announced plans to leave the show in 2001 to concentrate on raising money and awareness for Parkinson's disease; remained on as an executive producer; won an Emmy for his work as an actor in his final season
Re-teamed with director Rob Reiner for the musical comedy special "I Am Your Child" (ABC)
Publicly disclosed his 1991 diagnosis of Parkinson's disease in an interview with <i>People</i> magazine (November); also revealed he underwent brain surgery to alleviate tremors
Voiced the title character in the feature "Stuart Little"; returned for 2002 sequel "Stuart Little 2"
Provided the voice for the leading explorer in the Disney animated feature "Atlantis: The Lost Empire"
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame
Released the bestselling memoir <i>Lucky Man</i>
Wrote and produced the ABC sitcom pilot "Hench at Home" about a forcibly retired pro hockey player's home life
Guest starred on "Scrubs" (NBC) as a surgeon with obsessive-compulsive disorder
Played a business tycoon who suffers from cancer on three episodes of ABC's "Boston Legal"; earned an Emmy nomination
Guest starred on "Rescue Me" (FX) as Janet's (Andrea Roth) love interest
Traveled the world and sought out examples of what makes people from different cultures their happiest as host of the one-hour ABC special "Michael J. Fox: Adventures of an Incurable Optimist"
Earned Grammy nomination in Best Spoken Word category for <i>Always Looking Up</i>
Earned Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word for the album <i>A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To The Future...</i>
Joined cast of CBS' "The Good Wife" as a wily and cynical attorney afflicted with a neurological condition, which he exploits to sway jurors and potential clients