8 Inspiring Quotes by Baby Boomer Actor Michael J. Fox
“My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations.”
“What other people think of me is not my business.”
“I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God’s business. ”
“Chris[topher] Reeve wisely parsed the difference between optimism and hope. Unlike optimism, he said, ‘Hope is the product of knowledge and the projection of where the knowledge can take us.
“A creative mess is better than idle tidiness.”
“When prescribing one of the drugs I take, my doctor warned me of a common side effect: exaggerated, intensely vivid dreams. To be honest, I’ve never really noticed the difference. I’ve always dreamt big.”
“”Happiness is a decision.”"
~Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox (born June 9, 1961 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) is an Emmy Award-winning Canadian-American actor, author and voice-over artist. With a film and television career spanning from the 1970s to the present, Fox’s roles have included Marty McFly from the Back to the Future trilogy (1985–1990); Alex P. Keaton from Family Ties (1982–1989), for which he won three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award; and Mike Flaherty from Spin City (1996–2000), for which he won an Emmy, three Golden Globes, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991, and disclosed his condition to the public in 1998. Fox semi-retired from acting in 2000 as the symptoms of his disease worsened. He has since become an advocate for research toward finding a cure.
Trivia: His middle initial is not J. Here is the back story…He was “discovered” by producer Ronald Shedlo and made his American television debut in the television movie Letters from Frank, credited under the name “Michael Fox”. He intended to continue to use the name, but when he registered with the Screen Actors Guild, which does not allow duplicate registration names to avoid credit ambiguities, he discovered that Michael Fox, a veteran character actor, was already registered under the name.
As he explained in his autobiography, Lucky Man: A Memoir, and in interviews, he needed to come up with a different name. He did not like the sound of “Andrew” or “Andy” Fox. He decided against using his middle initial because he didn’t want to fit into a Canadian stereotype, as in Michael “Eh?” Fox, and because he did not want teen fan magazines referring to him as “Michael, A Fox!” He decided to adopt a new middle initial and settled on “J”, in reference to actor Michael J. Pollard. Sometimes he jokes that the J stands for “Jenius” or “Jenuine”.
Grab your copy of Michael J. Fox’s autobiography. Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist
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