For several decades, legendary Hollywood star Michael J Fox has been a cultural icon, and despite the many challenges he has faced in his life, he seems to have overcome them with the help of his loving wife.
Actor Michael J Fox has his wife, actress, Tracy Pollan to thank for the life he has enjoyed over the last three decades. Fox and Pollan have proven to be an unbeatable pair despite the many challenges they have faced.
The couple was only a few years into their marriage when Fox had to break the news of his diagnosis to his wife. Rather than leave, she stayed by his side, and together they have built a wonderful world.
Promotional portrait of actors Michael J Fox and Tracy Pollan on the set of the television series, ‘Family Ties’ [left]. Picture of Michael J Fox , Tracy Pollan and their kids [right] | Photo: Getty Images
Fox rose to prominence thanks to his role as Alex P. Keaton on the hit sitcom “Family Ties.” He went on to star in the teen adventure film “Back to the Future” and its sequels, as well as “Teen Wolf,” before making a comeback to television in the 1990s with “Spin City.”
Just as his career progressed, Fox announced in late 1999 that he had been battling Parkinson’s disease since 1991 and he had undergone brain surgery to reduce the tremors caused by the disease.
Michael J. Fox and wife Tracy Pollan arrive at the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills | Photo: Getty Images
Despite “Spin City’s” enormous popularity and a slew of Emmy and Golden Globe trophies, Fox stated in early 2000 that he would be quitting the show, which he also executive produced, to spend more time with his family and focus on Parkinson’s disease research and awareness.
For his final season on “Spin City,” Fox won an Emmy and a Golden Globe, as well as the esteem and support of the Hollywood community. Fox left “Spin City” after its fourth season — and 100th episode — and founded the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research in May 2000.
Michael J. Fox attends HBO’s “Very Ralph” World Premiere at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on October 23, 2019 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images
Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research is a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease and ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with the disease.
The foundation is now regarded as the world’s largest nonprofit funder of Parkinson’s disease medication development.
Fox’s wife, Pollan, has equally had a successful career and has featured in several movies. Like her husband, Pollan prefers to spend time with her family, and build memories with their four children.
The actress, who comes from a Russian family, was born in Long Island, New York, on June 22, 1960, and was raised in the Jewish faith, which she considers as a key part of her life.
She attended the Dalton School in Manhattan, New York, before going on to the Herbert Berghof Studio and the Lee Strasberg Institute to study acting.
Following her graduation, Pollan pursued a career in acting and has appeared in a number of television episodes and films, including “Family Ties,” “Spin City,” “Law & Order,” and “Medium.”
For her role on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” the actress was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series in 2000.
Although Fox and Pollan have racked up more than thirty years under their belt, neither star knew it would go this far. While their union has been solid, it was not love at first sight.
Pollan confessed in an interview that she needed some time to warm up to Fox. The duo met when Pollan auditioned for and received a role on “Family Ties” in 1985, and they became friends.
Pollan and Fox became great pals, but the actress was dating Kevin Bacon at the time and wasn’t immediately smitten by her co-star. She agreed that he was amusing, but she also thought he was arrogant.
Pollen left “Family Ties” after one season, but they reunited two years later in the film “Bright Lights, Big City.”
Still enthralled, Fox inquired about Pollan’s relationship status during her audition. She told him she was single, and he invited her to lunch; they began dating, and a year later, they married.
It has been almost three decades since Fox waved drinking goodbye, but it did not happen so easily. The actor once found himself hooked on alcohol as he found it his only coping mechanism following his life-changing diagnosis.
Fox awoke one morning in 1990 to see his left pinkie twitching excessively. After visiting a Manhattan physician, he was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson’s disease in 1991.
Fox went home after hearing the life-altering news and told his wife, Pollan, in a quiet hallway. They sobbed and embraced each other.
The 60-year-old tried to forget the diagnosis and live a normal life. Instead, he went against his wife’s advice and accepted any job he could find. Fox ended up leaving himself more vulnerable.
Fox, who had cut back on his drinking when the couple married in 1988, reverted to alcohol to ease the pain, keeping empty bottles from his wife at home. He started isolating himself from his family.
His drinking problem began to take its toll on his young marriage, but it all changed for the actor after he returned home drunk and met a disappointed wife. He decided to change and drop his old habits.
Fox and Pollan’s marriage was still in its early stages when he was diagnosed, but despite the seeming difficulty, the actress opted to stay by his side. The actor once gushed over his wife for her commitment to him, calling her his best friend.
Fox revealed that Pollan was often real with him and never cut him any slack. He described her as affectionate, kind, and smart, adding that she has a nice sense of humor.
HOW MICHAEL’S KIDS TREAT HIM
Fox believes he won the lottery with his supportive family. The actor enjoys having the love and care of his wife and children. The actor revealed that he opened up about his situation with his children, and it has had little effect on his family.
Couple Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan with their kids attend A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson’s benefitting The Michael J. Fox Foundation on November 16, 2019. | Photo: Getty Images
His kids rarely mention his condition and treat him with respect and love. Despite his condition, Fox continues to live a normal life with his children, going on movies and family vacations.
Couple Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan with their kids attend he Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences 2012 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 15, 2012. | Photo: Getty Images
THE KEY TO A HAPPY MARRIAGE
Like many couples, Fox and Pollan do have ugly moments, but they have decided to see the beauty in their union and this has helped them stick together for 33 years. The couple is still so much in love and is often spotted hanging out.
Couple Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan with their kids attend the local premiere of Walt Disney Pictures” “Atlantis: The Lost Empire” June 6, 2001. | Photo: Getty Images
Speaking on the secret of their union, the couple cited understanding each other’s perspective and intentions has been key. Also, Pollan considers Fox as the funniest man she has ever known, so it is easy to get him on her good side.