Top 10 Best Michael J. Fox Movie and TV Roles of All Time Michael J. Fox was a beloved actor and comedian long before his battle with Parkinson's.

Michael J. Fox is a legendary performer, actor, comedian, and author. He captured our hearts with hit after hit in the 20th century before being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. He used his platform to become an advocate for the disease, and he avoided the Bono Effect by remaining down-to-earth and finding relatable ways to preach to us about the condition that’s important to him. Check out the filmography of Michael J. Fox.

10. Family Ties

Character: Alex P. Keaton

This long-running NBC sitcom defined the 80s, and Fox played the Keaton’s capitalistic son. He was a teenage version of Gordon Gecko Conservative, greedy, backing Reaganomics, and being a constant thorn in the side of both his siblings and his hippie parents (played by Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter).

9. Teen Wolf

Michael J Fox Teen Wolf Basketball

Character: Scott Howard

The original Teen Wolf defined a generation by teaching them how to let their freak flag fly. This 1985 movie isn’t anything like MTV’s reboot, but it still has a certain charm for what it is. Also bonus points to the franchise for casting Jason Bateman in the sequel.

8. Spin City

Spin City NBC

Character: Mike Flaherty

This long-running political show focused on Fox as NYC Deputy Mayor Mike Flaherty and his team. Think of it as a network sitcom precursor to Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s brilliant take on Veep.

7. Atlantis: The Lost Empire

Atlantis the Lost Empire Disney

Character: Milo

This 2001 Disney animated feature doesn’t get the media buzz of, say, a little mermaid. That’s because it’s not a musical. But it’s still a fantastic film, and Fox has the voice lead next to James Garner, Cree Summer, Leonard Nimoy, and Jim Varney, in his final role.

6. The Secret of My Success

Michael J Fox Secret of My Success

Character: Brantley Foster/ Carlton Whitfield

This 1987 workplace comedy film proved Fox had the chops to carry his own star vehicle by mirroring a similar character to his TV role. It still holds up in today’s modern corporate culture.

5. The Frighteners


Character: Frank Bannister

This overlooked 1996 comedy horror film teams Peter Jackson, Fox, Jake Busey, R. Lee Ermey, and more for a surprisingly well-made movie. An exorcist is actually working with the ghosts he removes to run a con game, but things quickly go from cartoony to scary and back.

4. Casualties of War

Michael J Fox Casualties of War

Character: Eriksson

Brian De Palma directs an all-star cast, including Fox, John C. Reilly, Sean Penn, John Leguizamo, and Ving Rames in this Vietnam War movie from 1989.

3. Doc Hollywood

Michael J Fox Doc Hollywood

Character: Dr. Ben Stone

This 1991 romcom is the basis of Disney Pixar’s Cars franchise (notice how the car looks like Lightning McQueen?). Fox is joined on screen by Julie Warner, Woody Harrelson, and Bridget Fonda, among others, in a tale of a big-city doctor who creates chaos in a small town and must atone for it.

2. Curb Your Enthusiasm

Michael J Fox Larry David Curb

Character: Michael J. Fox

Larry David brought us what’s easily Fox’s best performance to date and one of the all-time great cameo/guest appearances of all time. Fox plays himself as an anti-villain to David’s perennial anti-hero. Everything he does is gold, and he uses his Parkinson’s (and the public’s reaction to it) to great comedic effect.

1. Back to the Future

Character: Marty McFly

This movie series started in 1985 and its actors are still answering fan’s questions about it to this day. Time traveling between 1985, 1955, and 2015 has serious consequences for Marty McFly (Fox) and his family. Christopher Lloyd, Thomas F. Wilson, Lea Thompson, and Crispin Glover round out the main cast of multi-generational McFlys, Browns, and Tannens throughout Hill Valley’s history.

If you like Back to the Future, check out Rick and Morty.


Dr. Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer. You can find his work in Cracked, High Times, HuffPost, Lifewire, Forbes, Fast Company, and dozens of other places, although much of it is no longer under his name. Dr. Penny loves annoying fake media.

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