Michael J. Fox's Wife Stood By Him For 30 Years And Helped Him Brave Through Parkinson's Disease

Michael J. Fox's Wife Stood By Him For 30 Years And Helped Him Brave Through Parkinson's Disease

Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan recently celebrated 30 years of married life together. The couple has been through a rough journey but has stayed together in love.

With his boyish good looks and impressive acting, Michael J. Fox captured the heart of the nation with the sitcom Family Ties. Soon enough, in his mid-20s, the actor paved his way into Hollywood, becoming one of the most recognizable faces on the big screen in the 80s. Michael J. Fox's celebrity status was explosive with his face on every possible magazine cover and paparazzi surrounding him everywhere he went.

But before he became an established Hollywood heartthrob, the actor had already met the woman he was going to spend the rest of his life with.


Michael J. Fox met his future wife Tracy Pollan when he was auditioning for Family Ties. The couple who have been married for 30 years have a love story that is inspiring to anyone in love. The two have stood by each other through sickness and health.

When asked about the secret of their 30 years of their successful marriage, Pollan said to People, “Just give each other the benefit of the doubt. He assumes I’m doing the best I can.” Michael added that it is important to celebrate the best in one's life. “Find the best things about you and the best things about life and celebrate them.”

Pollan starred opposite to Michael for an entire season on Family Ties but the couple failed to connect romantically then. Two years later, fate brought them together again. Work brought them together again, on the set of the 1987 movie, Bright Lights, Big City and this is when the sparks flew. Michael told People their background similarities attracted them to each other.

“Big families, middle children. Sense of humor. Both our families had that,” said Michael. But the couple surely had something more than just that.


At the end of a year-long romance, the couple tied the knot with paparazzi helicopters overhead. Everything was smooth in their marriage and the couple welcomed their first child 10 months later. But soon things took a different turn. In 1991, Michael, who was just 30 years at the time, was diagnosed with an early onset of Parkinson’s disease.

Anyone who suffers from this degenerative disease or has known someone who does is well aware of how it can disrupt your life and those around you. The tremors, stillness and ultimately the loss of motor functions that hit your body is tough to deal with, to say the least. "I got this diagnosis, and it freaked me out, and I ran from it. I drank to obliterate it, to make it go away," said Michael to Variety.

While Michael struggled with his illness and alcoholism, Pollan stood by him and helped him brave through it. She inspired him to become an advocate for people struggling from Parkinson.

Today, the couple has 4 children and share the greatest bond. Talking to People, Pollan says, "It was us against the world. That’s exactly what we’ve created."

Tracy Pollan is incredibly proud of her husband and says, “Any marriage has its ups and downs. It’s work to be married for this many years! That said, Michael’s a very easy person to be with under his circumstances, funny and gracious. He’s not egocentric at all; he’s very much about the person he’s with. When I see how much hope he gives people who have Parkinson’s or other illnesses—it’s unbelievable,” quoted True Love StoriesWebsite.


Pollan, who paused her career to tend to her children and husband is a family woman. "My family absolutely comes first, and I don’t mean that in a Pollyanna way. It’s the focus of my life because it’s what makes me happy,” she said. Over the years, the couple has managed to inspire each other and thousands around the world. While they believe they are completely opposite to each other, they have managed to get through 30 years in love.

"His optimistic worldview about everything is just so powerful. Michael doesn’t worry about the future. I’m completely the opposite,” said Pollan to People. "It leaves a lot of work for other people sometimes, because I’m like, ‘Oh yeah, don’t worry about it. It’ll be great!’ I can do that because I know she’s got it handled,” added Michael.

Though their difficult circumstances would have destroyed their marriage, the couple found strength and turned it into something positive. They worked together with empathy and love. Their story is truly magical.