Five-time Emmy Award-winning actor Michael J. Fox has an estimated net worth of $65 million.
Michael J. Fox began his successful career by debuting in the NBC sitcom Family Ties (1982-89). But it was through his role in the classic sci-fi/comedy Back to the Future that Michael J. Fox became a household name.
The actor who has been public about his 30+ year battle with Parkinson’s disease that has meant himn losing out of many roles and a vast amount of potential income.
Back to the Future (1985) became the major turning point of his acting career; the film grossed over $389 million at the box office worldwide. Back to the Future 2 (1989) made $332 million globally, and Back to the Future 3 (1990) broke box office records by collecting $245 million on a global scale. Michael J. Fox received $250,000 for the first part of Back to the Future, and he received $5 million for the other two sequels.
In 1996, Michael J. Fox starred in another successful sitcom, Spin City (1996-2002). However, in the early ’90s, the legendary actor was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and retired from the active film business. Since then, he has retired to his work as a voice actor and activist for Parkinson’s disease.
10. Films starring Michael J. Fox
Some popular films starring Michael J. Fox are:
- Back to the Future trilogy (1985, 1989, 1990)
- Teen Wolf (1985)
- The Secret of My Success (1987)
- Casualties of War (1989)
- Doc Hollywood (1991)
- For Love or Money (1993)
- Stuart Little (1999) (voice)
- Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) (voice)
9 Who Is Michael J. Fox?
Michael J. Fox is an iconic multi-award-winning actor, author, and Parkinson’s advocate. He starred in two longest-running sitcoms, debuted on a multi-million dollar film franchise, and received wide recognition for his humanitarian works.
After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1991 at 29, Michael J. Fox retired as a voice actor. In 2000, he founded the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research to support the cause. Currently, the foundation is the world’s largest non-profit funder for research on Parkinson’s. He is also a best-selling author of four books.
8 Michael J. Fox’s Early Life And Acting Debut
Young Michael J. Fox wanted to become an actor, a hockey player, a musician, and a writer when he grew up. Born on June 9th, 1961, he was the fourth child of a military father and an actress mother. He spent his childhood traveling to wherever his father got posted. During his teens, his family settled in Vancouver. There he got acquainted with music and performed in garage bands. But acting was his first love, and he soon quit school to follow this passion full-time.
Michael debuted with a Canadian TV comedy series Leo and Me, at the age of 15 in 1976. After three years, he shifted to Hollywood to try his luck in the movie business. He was fortunate to land himself in a series of television films, including Letters From Frank,Midnight Madness, and Class of 1984. He even acquired side roles in the sitcoms Lou Grant and Trapper John MD. But eventually, he faced dry spells and had to wait for a turning point. During this period, he survived on budget meals, and even today, he refers to this phase as macaroni days.
7 Michael J. Fox’s Life Changing Role In Family Ties
Michael J. Fox forayed into Hollywood with the hit sitcom Family Ties in 1982. His character Alex got wide recognition and soon earned Michael three prestigious Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe.
During the seven-year stint (1982-89) with the series, his career graph moved from being a television star to a commercial film icon. Soon he was cast in the multi-million dollar sci-fi/comedy franchise – Back to the Future.
6 One Of Michael J. Fox’s Most Successful Movies
The role of Marty McFly catapulted Michael J. Fox into becoming a global icon. The Back to the Future trilogy raked in millions at the box office worldwide. The first installment debuted on the big screen in 1985, grossing over $389 million worldwide.
Later, the second (1989) and third (1990) films from the franchise followed, earning an estimated $332 million and $245 million globally. He earned $250,000 for the first film and took a salary hike of $5 million for the sequels.
5 Michael J. Fox’s Journey As A Successful Voice Actor
Comedy series Spin City (1996) once again brought Michael J. Fox into the spotlight, and he continued appearing on the series till 2000. Unfortunately, in 1991, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. It was only in 1998 that the actor confirmed the condition, and he retired as a voice actor.
In 1999, Disney’s Stuart Little happened, and Michael J. Fox lent his voice to the main character, Stuart. The movie grossed $300.1 million globally at the box office. As a sign of good faith, the makers sent a bonus check of $500,000 after the film’s success. The sequel Stuart Little 2 (2002) made $169.9 million globally. His career grew by leaps and bounds, even as a voice actor.
4 Michael J. Fox’s Debut As New York Times Best Selling Author
Off-stage, Michael J. Fox continued to pour his creativity into publishing four books, all of which ended up being on the New York Times Best Selling List. In 2002, he published a memoir titled “Lucky Man,” which immediately became a national bestseller by selling over a million copies.
His second book, “Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist,” debuted at number two on New York Times Best Selling List in 2009. “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future” was published in 2010 and its audiobook version won the Best Spoken Word Album at the Grammys. His second memoir, “No Time Like the Future: An Optimist considers Mortality” came out in 2020 and continues to be a bestseller.
3 Michael J. Fox’s Foundation For Parkinson’s Research
Michael J. Fox hid his condition for seven years before disclosing it to the public. He co-founded the Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson’s Research in 2000, after confirming the struggle with the disease. He is also the CEO of the research center. Currently, it is the world’s largest non-profit organization funding for Parkinson’s cure. It is valued at $300 million.
Since its start in 2000, MJFF has funded an incredible $1.5 billion in high-impact research programs, and the gala has helped raise more than $112 million of that sum, with $4 million of that total coming from 2022 alone
2 STILL: A Michael J. Fox Movie
Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this month. It is a documentary about the iconic actor and his struggles while coping with the disease. The film is produced by Apple Studios and will be debuting on Apple TV later this year.
1 Michael J. Fox’s Estimated Net Worth
Michael J. Fox’s estimated earnings from television, films, voice acting, and as an illustrious writer are $65 million. He owns a modest Manhattan apartment. In 2016, he sold his family home in New England for an estimated $4.25 million. He continues to earn profits through his films and books every year.
Michael J. Fox is an exemplary actor and philanthropist who has craved an illustrious career despite his struggles with Parkinson’s disease. His humanitarian and acting works inspire many to forge a career in Hollywood.