Happy 50th Birthday, Michael J. Fox!

It may be hard to believe, but one of our beloved 80s icons turns 50 today! He had an incredible run as Alex P. Keaton, on one of the best sticoms of the 80’s – Family Ties.

Not only was he one of the most popular characters on television, but when Back to the Future came out, he became a movie star as well. Back to the Future was one of those big event movies that really grabbed me growing up. To me, it joined the ranks of Star Wars, Superman, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and E.T.

But unlike a lot of television actors (ahem, David Caruso), Michael J. Fox stuck with his television show, and just got better and better as an actor.
And Parkinson’s disease is not hurting his acting while he is on screen, to this day. He make an occasional guest spot on the hit show, The Good Wife, and he is incredible in it.

Today, Stuck in the 80’s paid a tribute to Michael J. Fox, and lists his top 20 roles. Here is the article:

Happy 50th birthday, Alex P. Keaton: Michael J. Fox’s top 20 film and TV roles

If you didn’t feel old when you woke up this morning, this will change things. Michael J. Fox turns 50 years old today. Whoa. That’s heavy. And though he still doesn’t look a day over 20, I think we’re all facing our own mortality after hearing this news.

Why? Because Fox has always been “the kid.” A smart-ass with great hair and a body that looks like it never outgrew Garanimals.

Today, to celebrate this mileston, we’ve compiled the list of the Top 20 roles of Michael J. Fox in film and televsion. Why both? Because Fox has balanced between two two mediums better than any actor of the ’80s.

So pop open a Canadian brew and enjoy our MJF tribute.


20. JASON STONE (Mars Attacks, 1996): “When the Martians land, will the press have access? Can we do interviews?”

19. FRANK BANNISTER (The Frighteners, 1996): “I gotta have an out-of-body-experience, and I gotta have it RIGHT NOW!”

18. DANIEL (Greedy, 1994): “You keep your breasts off his eyebrows.”

17. WILLIE-JOE HALL (Palmerstown USA, 1980-81)

16. JAY-JAY MANNERS (High School USA, 1983): “Excuse me, I’m late for… anything.”

15. JAMIE CONWAY (Bright Lights Big City, 1988): “There’s a certain shabby nobility in failing all by myself.”

14. ERIKSSON (Casualties of War, 1989): “Can you imagine that? You escape Viet Nam and you die from an airline fatality.”

13. MICHAEL CHAPMAN (Life with Mikey, 1993): “What character, all you gotta do is swallow.”

12. DR. KEVIN CASEY (Scrubs, 2004): “Damn roof toilet’s got my number.”

11. DANIEL POST (Boston Legal, 2006)

10. DWIGHT (Rescue Me, 2009)

9. SCOTT HOWARD (Teen Wolf, 1985): “Give me a keg of beer… and these.”

8. JOE RASNICK (Light of Day, 1987)

7. BRANTLEY FOSTER/CARLTON WHITFIELD (Secret of My Success, 1987): “Look, I like you, I really like you, but I gotta tell you, I have become seriously and emotionally involved with someone who isn’t my aunt.”

6. DOUG IRELAND (For Love or Money, 1993): Nothing’s impossible Albert. Impossible just takes a couple extra phone calls.”

5. LEWIS ROTHSCHILD (The American President, 1995): “I’m a citizen, this is my President. And in this country it is not only permissible to question our leaders it’s our responsibility!”

4. DR. BENJAMIN STONE (Doc Hollywood, 1991): “Beverly Hills. The most beautiful women in the world. Plastic surgery. What do these three things have in common? Me, in less than a week.”

3. MIKE FLAHERTY (Spin City, 1996-2001): “There are 10 commandments. I’d like your dates to check out on at least 7 of them.”

2. ALEX P. KEATON (Family Ties, 1982-89): “Of all the Basic Applied Economic Principles of Capitalism in the Post-Industrial Era Seminars in the world, you had to walk into mine.”

1. MARTY McFLY (Back to the Future, 1985): “If there’s no music, they can’t dance. If they can’t dance, they can’t kiss. If they can’t kiss they can’t fall in love, and I’m history.”

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