"I just knew that was my part. I knew. I got it; I understood it. I thought I knew how to make it funny. I was basically just playing my brother, you know, who was the smart-ass in our family and who was so much smarter than everybody else. I never understood the idea of timing, but I knew that my brother was so funny that you'd wait for what he had to say... That all became part of Alex."
About This Interview
In his two-hour Archive interview, Michael J. Fox talks about his early years breaking into television in his native Canada, where he starred in the CBC series Leo & Me. He describes his move to the U.S. and his early roles in features and television, including parts on Lou Grant and Family and a regular role on the short-lived dramatic series Palmerstown, U.S.A. He details his big break playing "Alex P. Keaton" on the hit series Family Ties, and speaks at length about his co-stars and show creator Gary David Goldberg. Fox discusses his feature film career and how he won the role of Marty McFly in Back to the Future, and recounts his work as the lead actor and executive producer of the television series Spin City. He shares his reaction to being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991 and what motivated his decision to go public with the news of his diagnosis in 1998. He comments on the formation of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, and touches on some of his current projects -- voice-over roles in feature films and a book deal. James Moll conducted the interview in New York, NY on May 10, 2001.