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Today in History: June 9th, 1961

Photo Credit: Gary Null / NBCU Photo Bank / NBCUniversal / Getty Images
Photo Credit: Gary Null / NBCU Photo Bank / NBCUniversal / Getty Images

Iconic Actor of the 1980s, Michael J. Fox, is Born

Today, on June 9th, we commemorate the birth of a Hollywood legend: Michael J. Fox. Born in 1961, Fox’s impact stretches far beyond his roles on screen. He’s not only a celebrated actor but also a champion for Parkinson’s disease research, a cause close to his heart.

Headshot of Michael J. Fox.
Michael J. Fox on October 23, 2021, in New York City. (Photo Credit: Noam Galai / Getty Images for The Michael J. Fox Foundation)

Michael J. Fox hailed from Edmonton, Canada. Even as a youngster, he showed a knack for acting. It wasn’t long before he decided to pursue it as a career. Early on, he showcased promise in various roles, hinting at the stardom that awaited him. His big break came with Family Ties, where he played Alex P. Keaton, a role that earned him heaps of praise and prestigious awards. However, it was his time-traveling adventures as Marty McFly in the Back to the Future trilogy that solidified his status as a household name.

In 1991, at just 29 years old, Fox received devastating news: he had Parkinson’s disease. Instead of retreating, Fox became a beacon of hope. He founded The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, dedicating himself to finding a cure and helping others facing similar battles. Today, we honor Fox’s legacy. His impact on the entertainment world is undeniable, but it’s his resilience and advocacy that truly set him apart. As we celebrate his birthday, let’s not only remember his iconic roles but also the tireless work he’s done to make the world a better place.

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Michael J. Fox’s journey reminds us that even in the face of adversity, we can make a difference. So, here’s to you, Michael, on your birthday. Thank you for inspiring us all.

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