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Michael J Fox and wife Tracy Pollan over the years© Getty

Michael J. Fox and wife Tracy Pollan's 36-year marriage and love story in photos

The Back to the Future actor and Tracy are parents to four children

Francesca Shillcock
Senior Features Writer
July 4, 2024
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With so few A-list marriages in Hollywood standing the test of time, it's fantastically remarkable that Michael J. Fox and his wife Tracy Pollan are not only still married 36 years after tying the knot, but that they seem to be still in love and devoted to one another as ever.

The actors met on the set of the NBC sitcom Family Ties which began airing in 1982. The show made them both household names, but it wasn't until 1985 when Michael landed the iconic role as Marty McFly in Back to the Future that he catapulted to international fame.

Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan attend the 2024 EE BAFTA Film Awards© Getty
Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan attend the 2024 EE BAFTA Film Awards

Throughout all the highs and lows that a career in Hollywood can bring, not to mention his life-changing diagnosis with Parkinson's disease in 1991, Michael, 62, has had Tracy, 64, by his side the whole time.

Get to know his and Tracy's love story and their four children below…

Michael J Fox and his wife Tracy Pollan's marriage story

As mentioned, the couple tied the knot in July 1988 a few years after meeting on the set of Family Ties.

Michael has opened up about the moment he and his future wife met for the first time, and they didn't exactly get off to a flying start.

Speaking on his Apple TV+ documentary, Still: A Michael J Fox Movie, he said: "One day, we broke for lunch. After lunch, we picked up where we left off. 

"The moment she said her first line, I detected a hint of garlic and sensed an opportunity to have a little fun at her expense. 'Whoa, a little scampi for lunch, babe?'" 

Tracy Pollan and Michael J. Fox attend the Back to the Future reunion with fans in celebration of the Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy on Blu-ray and DVD on October 21, 2015 at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 in New York City.© Getty Images
Tracy Pollan and Michael J. Fox attend the Back to the Future reunion with fans on October 21, 2015 at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 in New York City.

He added: "At first she said nothing. Her expression didn’t even change. But looking me dead in the eyes she said slowly, 'That was mean and rude, and you're a complete and total [expletive]."

Michael continued: "She just poked through that, like, you’re a scared little kid and I'll just call you out. At that moment, I fell in love with her." The couple have been happily married ever since!

Michael J Fox and his wife Tracy Pollan's four children

Not only have they got almost four decades of marriage under their belt, but they also have four children. Michael and Tracy are proud parents to son Sam, 34, twin daughters Aquinnah and Schuyler, 28, and youngest daughter Esmé, 22.

In an interview with Reader's Digest, he shared his parenting advice, which was: "Always be available to your kids. 

michael j fox and tracy pollan with their four children© Instagram
Michael J. Fox with his wife and their four children

"Because if you say, 'Give me five minutes, give me 10 minutes,' it'll be 15, it'll be 20. And then when you get there, the shine will have worn off whatever it is they wanted to share with you."

He added: "I've never gotten up to see something one of my kids wanted to show me and not been rewarded." Get to know Michael and Tracy's kids here.

Sweetest photo of Michael J Fox and Tracy Pollan over the years

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Circa 1986, Promotional portrait of actors Michael J Fox and Tracy Pollan on the set of the television series, 'Family Ties'. Fox and Pollan were married in 1988.© Universal Studios,Getty

Where it all began

Tracy and Michael are pictured here back in the early days of filming for Family Ties. Michael played Alex P. Keaton and Tracy played the role of Ellen Reed. Ah, young love!

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Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan in 1987© Ron Galella,Getty

Earned success

By the time 1985 came around and Michael was well-known for his role as Marty McFly, success soon followed and in 1987, when this photo was taken, he picked up the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Award at the Primetime Emmys for his role in Family Ties.

Here, he and his wife look overjoyed as they walk through the ceremony with Michael proudly showing off his trophy.

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Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan during Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan Sighting on the Streets of New York City - February 18, 1990 at Between Broadway and 72nd Street in New York City© Ron Galella,Getty

The 90s called

Two years after becoming Mr and Mrs, Michael and Tracy stepped out for a stroll in New York City and we love the retro feel of this photo. 

Michael is rocking double denim and a baseball cap while Tracy looked chic in a bomber jacket and Ray Ban shades.

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Michael J. Fox, Tracy Pollan, and son Sam Fox© Ron Galella,Getty

Family ties

A year after they married, Tracy and Michael welcomed their first son, Sam Michael. In this photo, taken in 1995, the couple step out for an outing with their eldest and the trio look adorable together.

The couple welcomed their twin daughters earlier that year and would go on to welcome their youngest nine years later.

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Michael J Fox and Tracy Pollan arrive at the Emmy Awards Show,  September 14, 1997 in Pasadena, California© Bob Riha Jr,Getty

Awards season

Once again the couple look totally devoted to each other as they step out for another awards season together. 

Appearing at the Emmys in 1997, the couple are dressed to the nines with Tracy in a striking blue gown with beautiful jewellery while Michael looks suave in a tuxedo.

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Michael J. Fox and wife Tracy Pollan© Gregory Pace,Getty

Everlasting love

Fast forward to 2004 and the couple were suited and booted as they attended a fundraising event for Michael's charitable cause, the Michael J. Fox Organisation, which seeks to raise vital funds and awareness for Parkinson's disease.

The actor has been hugely influential in doing so. In 2016, he raised $6.75 million at a charity raffle with the help of Nike Inc.

As it stands today, he has raised more than $2 billion towards Parkinson's research projects.

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Honoree Canadian-American actor Michael J. Fox kisses his wife Tracy Pollan as he accepts the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 13th Annual Governors Awards at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles on November 19, 2022© VALERIE MACON,Getty

Together through thick and thin

In 2022, Michael received an award for his enormously impressive charitable efforts. 

In this photo, he can be seen accepting the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 13th Annual Governors Awards.  

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His wife joined him on stage and couldn't have looked prouder and she kissed her husband as he collected his gong.

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