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(Most information gathered from Michael J. Fox: Overcoming Adversity by Richard Kozar)

1961: Born on June 9 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

1976: Performs in “Leo and Me”, his first television series.

1979: Appears in the television movie Letters From Frank; drops out of high school at age 18 and moves to Hollywood.

1980: Appears in Midnight Madness, his first feature film.

1982: Given the role of Alex P. Keaton in the sitcom “Family Ties.”

1985: Plays the role of Marty McFly in Back to the Future; appears with Tracy Pollan on “Family Ties” ; receives first Emmy nomination for “Family Ties”; Teen Wolf is released.

1986: Wins the Emmy as Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series; stars in the film Light of Day with singer Joan Jett.

1987: Wins second Emmy; “Family Ties” finishes the season as the second-highest rated show on television.

1988: Marries actress Tracy Pollan in Vermont; wins his third Emmy for “Family Ties”; stars in Bright Lights, Big City.

1989: “Family Ties” ceases production after seven years; son Samuel Michael Fox is born.

1990: Father William Fox passes away.

1991: Parkinson’s disease diagnosed.

1995: Twin daughters Aquinnah Kathleen Fox and Schuyler Frances Fox are born; co-produces the film Coldblooded and appears in a cameo role.

1996: Critics and fans welcome debut of “Spin City.”

1998: Reveals he has Parkinson’s Disease in “People” magazine the day before Thanksgiving.

1999: Wins second Golden Globe Award for “Spin City”; provides the voice for the mouse Stuart in the film Stuart Little.

2000: Announces he will leave “Spin City” at the end of the 1999-2000 television season; Wins Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.

2000: Receives Canada Walk of Fame Honor.

2001: Started the Michael J. Fox Foundation to find a cure for Parkinson’s Disease; Works on voice-overs for Stuart Little 2, Disney’s Atlantis: The Lost Empire and the film Interstate 60.

2001: Daughter Esme is born.

2002: Michael J. Fox’s first book Lucky Man is published. The book hits number one on the nonfiction best seller list. All of his profits go to the Foundation.

2002: Michael J. Fox receives the 2209th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on December 16th. His star is placed in front of the Hollywood Galaxy Theater Complex.

2007: His sister Karen passes away

2009: Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist, Michael J. Fox’s second memoir, is released

2009: Attends Inaugural speech of President Barack Obama

2009: Nominated for Emmy award for his work on the television program “Rescue Me” – wins

2010: Wins Grammy Award for his reading of Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist

2010: Receives an honorary Doctorate of Medicine from Krolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden

2010: His third book, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future, is released

2010: July marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Back to the Future

2010: Receives the Order of Canada, the highest Canadian civilian honor

2010: Appears on the television program “The Good Wife

Present: Continues to guest star on television programs and maintains his work to raise funds and awareness for Parkinson’s Disease research.