Farewell and reunion: Michael J. Fox on an emotional rollercoaster ride

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Michael J. Fox will always be associated with “Back to the Future”. Now the actor who played Marty McFly is meeting his former comrade in arms Christopher Lloyd, aka Doc Brown, in New York. But the joy of reunion is clouded by a death.

Hollywood star Michael J. Fox mourns the loss of his mother Phyllis Fox. This was announced by the “Back to the Future” actor at an event as part of the “Comic-Con” trade show in New York, according to “People” magazine. Accordingly, the actor’s mother died on September 24 at the age of 92.


Phyllis Fox, pictured here with her son Michael in 2011, passed away on September 24.

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Fox also shared an anecdote about his mother. Accordingly, in the 1980s, she was strongly against him filming “Back to the Future” in the evening and night hours while he was in front of the camera during the day for the sitcom “Family Ties.” Fox said she was concerned about whether he was getting enough sleep.

Four children, nine grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren

Like his mother, the 61-year-old actor was born in Canada. Phyllis Fox was born in Winnipeg in 1929, leaving behind her son Michael, his brother Steve and daughters Jackie and Kelli.

According to an obituary, the 92-year-old had nine grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. The obituary reads, “Nothing made her happier than watching her family grow.”


Still hearts: Fox and his colleague Christopher Lloyd.

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Phyllis Fox, born Piper, worked as a payroll clerk and also as an actress. Her husband William Fox, the father of Michael J. Fox, died in 1990.

The chemistry is right

But the “Comic-Con” also gave Michael J. Fox a moment of joy. He celebrated a reunion with fellow actor Christopher Lloyd in New York. At the time, the 83-year-old had embodied the mad scientist “Doc Brown” in the “Back to the Future” movies, which sent Fox, aka “Marty McFly”, on his time travel.

The chemistry between them was just right at the time, Lloyd revealed at the New York reunion. And today is no different, he emphasized. Fox responded to the compliment: “Every time I started working with him, I knew it was going to be a good day.”

Career continued

In total, three “Back to the Future” films were made between 1985 and 1990. For Fox, the hit series cemented its role as the teen idol of the time. Although he contracted Parkinson’s disease in 1991, his career in film and television lasted another 30 years. It was not until the end of 2020 that he announced his retirement from the acting profession.

Lloyd has also appeared in many film and TV productions since “Back to the Future”. He has appeared in the comics “The Addams Family in Crazy Tradition” (1993) “Alice in Wonderland” (1999) and most recently in “The Tender Bar” (2021) directed by George Clooney.

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