Michael J. Fox

(Michael Andrew Fox)

Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox
  • Born: June 9, 1961
  • Nationality: Canadian
  • Profession: Actor, Comedian, Author, Producer

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Michael Andrew Fox OC, 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 where he portrayed Marty McFly. Other notable roles have included Mike Flaherty on the ABC sitcom Spin City (1996–2000) and his portrayal of Alex P. Keaton on the American sitcom Family Ties. He has won five Primetime Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, a Grammy Award and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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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.
After a year or so I really thought I was Howard Hughes. Here I was at eighteen years old, getting all these checks.
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.
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. Music, Chants & Rapps
As much as Parkinson's is about movement, the end stage is being frozen. So the more I let that happen, the more I'm gonna be stuck within that and unable to reverse it.
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. Families, Children & Parenting ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
By 21, I was earning six figures a week. By 23, I had a Ferrari. It was nuts.
By the time I entered high school, I had forsaken academics altogether in favor of my burgeoning acting career. Time
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.
Discipline is just doing the same thing the right way whether anyone's watching or not.
Everybody in the world knew who I was before I knew who I was.
Family is not an important thing. It's everything. Families, Children & Parenting
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 always felt that I came up short in the education department, but I've come to the conclusion that we all get an education. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence I can reach for; perfection is God's business. Religion & God ;Business, Commerce & Finance
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. Life ;Religion & God
I can't always control my body the way I want to, and I can't control when I feel good or when I don't. I can control how clear my mind is. And I can control how willing I am to step up if somebody needs me.
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 definitely believe in a higher power. Power
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.
I didn't want o do metal work and get my hands all nicked up and be around guys. So I took drama because there were a lot of girls. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I discovered that I was part of a Parkinson's community with similar experiences and similar questions that I'd been dealing with alone.
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. Life ;Power
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.
I don't look at life as a battle or as a fight. I don't think I'm scrappy. I'm accepting. Life
I don't look at myself as a leader. I do look at myself as part of a community.
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.
I don't subscribe to any particular doctrine or ideology. I just think that there's kind of a good and bad, the good being life in its purest, happiest form, and the other being the darker side of existence. Life
I find as long as I acknowledge the truth of something, then that's it. I know what it is and then I can operate. But if I overestimate the downside of something or the challenge of something and I get too obsessed about the difficulty of it, then I don't leave enough room to be open to the upside, the possibility. Truth
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.
I have a remarkably normal life. Life
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. Freedom & Liberty
I have so many things that I say to my kids, I just drive them crazy.
I have times when I'm off-balance. I have times when I slur my words. I have times when I walk into walls. I have times when I can't remember somebody's name.
I like to encourage people to realize that any action is a good action if it's proactive and there is positive intent behind it.
I love the irony. I'm perceived as being really young and yet I have the clinical condition of an old man. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
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. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I often say now I don't have any choice whether or not I have Parkinson's, but surrounding that non-choice is a million other choices that I can make.
I really love being alive. I love my family and my work. I love the opportunity I have to do things. That's what happiness is. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Happiness & Unhappiness ;Families, Children & Parenting
I see possibilities in everything. For everything that's taken away, something of greater value has been given.
I still play hockey every now and then, and I still golf. But my biggest exercise is walking my big dog in the park every day.
I take the medication for myself so I can transact, not for anyone else. But I am aware that it is empowering for people to see what I do and, for the most part, people in the Parkinson's community are just really happy that Parkinson's is getting mentioned, and not in a pitying way.
I think the scariest person in the world is the person with no sense of humor. Humor
I truly believe that we have infinite levels of power that we don't even know are available to us. Power
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 worked very hard on those movies but there was some creative connection that wasn't being made. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I wouldn't have wanted to miss the opportunity to make those three films that didn't do well. They were really important to me, and the things I learned doing them were important to me.
If I don't get food in my mouth, I'm still happy. If my pants are round my ankles, as long as I don't get arrested for indecent exposure, I'm happy. I'm worried about keeping my hair, not how it's combed. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
If I were overweight because I ate too much, I would have far more of a complex. I would know if I just stopped eating and showed a little discipline I would be thin. But there's not a hell of a lot I can do about being short. You just gotta run with it.
If you asked my kids to describe me, they'd go through a whole list of words before even thinking about Parkinson's. And honestly, I don't think about it that much either. I talk about it because it's there, but it's not my totality.
If you have doubts about someone, lay on a couple of jokes. If he doesn't find anything funny, your radar should be screaming. Then I would say be patient with people who are negative, because they're really having a hard time. Time ;Humor
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. Families, Children & Parenting
I'm also very proud to be a part of a trilogy of films that, if they do nothing else, allow people to check their problems at the door, sit down and have a good time. Time
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.
I'm not a shill for the Democratic Party.
In fact, Parkinson's has made me a better person. A better husband, father and overall human being.
In my 50s I'll be dancing at my children's weddings.
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've never gotten up to see something one of my kids wanted to show me and not been rewarded.
Just as Parkinson's isn't a big topic of conversation in my house, neither is my career.
Life delivered me a catastrophe, but I found a richness of soul. Life
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. Life ;Nature ;Power
Medical science has proven time and again that when the resources are provided, great progress in the treatment, cure, and prevention of disease can occur. Time ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations. Happiness & Unhappiness
My view of life is colored by humor and looking at the best in any situation. Life ;Humor
My whole life, meeting people is like a blind date, because I feel like they've already seen the video on me. Life
My wife is Jewish, and therefore, it's my children's birthright to be Jewish.
No matter how much money you have, you can lose it. Money, Coins & Minting
No, I got a GED in my 30s. My kids know that I never stop learning, and they know I love reading. I have books overflowing everywhere. I am current on today's events and I read the paper every day, and we talk about it, so they see that appetite. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
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? Life ;Time
One's dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but cannot be taken away unless it is surrendered.
Pain is temporary, film is forever.
Pity is a benign form of abuse.
Pity is just another form of abuse.
So I never spend a lot of time analyzing why people respond to my work. But I think that it's just the joy, a passion for life, that I think has always been in my characters. Beyond that, I'm just grateful for it. Life ;Time ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
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.
Teenagers blithely skip off to uncertain futures, while their parents sit weeping curbside in the Volvo, because the adolescent brain isn't yet formed enough to recognize and evaluate risk.
That's the way I look at things - if you focus on the worst case scenario and it happens, you've lived it twice. It sounds like Pollyanna-ish tripe but I'm telling you - it works for me.
The laughs mean more to me than the adoration. If two girls walk up to me and one says 'you're cute', I'll say thank you, but I appreciate it much more when the other one says 'you make me laugh so much'.
The least amount of judging we can do, the better off we are.
The moment I understood this - that my Parkinson's was the one thing I wasn't going to change - I started looking at the things I could change, like the way research is funded.
The more I expect, the more unhappy I am going to be. The more I accept, the more serene I am.
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.
The only thing worse than an opportunity you don't deserve is blowing an opportunity.
The 'Rescue Me' gig was a unique opportunity to play a character - a misanthropic, angry guy - who was so contrary to how people think of me.
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.
There's always failure. And there's always disappointment. And there's always loss. But the secret is learning from the loss, and realizing that none of those holes are vacuums. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Failure
Tracy is more a help to me than I am to her.
Vanity's really overrated. When I was 20, teenage girls had my picture on the wall... I don't need to be pretty anymore. I just am who I am.
What other people think about me is not my business. Business, Commerce & Finance
When I was younger, I was always described as happy-go-lucky.
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.
You know what I want? The answer is, I truly don't know what I want. I don't want to do a television series. I want to do dramas as well as comedies, but I have no idea what kind or in what order. Just give me the chance at them.
You've probably read in People that I'm a nice guy - but when the doctor first told me I had Parkinson's, I wanted to kill him.
Zoos are becoming facsimiles - or perhaps caricatures - of how animals once were in their natural habitat. If the right policies toward nature were pursued, we would need no zoos at all. Nature