Michael J. Fox told Johnny Carson he did this to get revenge on the ‘Jerks’
Eighties icon Michael J. Fox rose to superstar as a television actor. In 1985 he was apparently everywhere. Not yet 25, he starred in two blockbuster films that year and sat down with legendary host Johnny Carson for his first interview on Tonight’s show.
During this first visit, Fox revealed he made a big purchase in revenge for some “jerks” that he said he hated. So what did he tell Carson about the type of “young man” who rubbed him badly? And what did he buy to take revenge on them?
On the Hollywood Fast Lane
Born June 9, 1961 in Canada, Fox was interested in acting from his teenage years. According to Biography, he dropped out of high school and made the trip to Los Angeles with his father to pursue a career in the 1970s. While it might have been risky, it paid off for him.
In the early 1980s he rose to fame playing Alex P. Keaton on the TV show Family ties. Notably, during his seven-year career in the role, he won a Golden Globe as well as three consecutive Emmy Awards.
But it was in 1985 that he played Marty McFly in Back to the future and like Scott Howard in Teenage wolf, making him a great movie star. This is also the year he made his first appearance on Tonight’s show with Johnny Carson.
Michael J. Fox on “The Tonight Show”: “I Hated These Assholes”
After Carson welcomed Fox to Tonight’s show he noted that the young actor was having an amazing year. As such, he was curious as to whether Fox had made any big purchases with the big money he made.
Fox explained to Carson, “When things weren’t so good I always hated when a kid my age drove around in … that fancy sports car with the big tires and everything.”
âI hated these morons,â he said. “So I went out and bought one.”
It was enough to get an approving laugh from Carson, but it wasn’t Fox’s only big buy. He said he also bought a house in the Hollywood Hills, noting that the dirt and old trees reminded him of his home in Canada.
Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991
Although Fox did not announce it to the public until 1999, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991. According to Biography, he underwent brain surgeries to help relieve the tremors caused by the disease.
At the time, he was enjoying the success of his TV show, Spin City. But he announced he was leaving to spend time with his family and to raise funds and raise awareness about Parkinson’s disease.
Now 60, Fox has retired from acting and recently published his fourth memoir, No time like the future. And he probably has no financial regrets about those big buys he shared on Tonight’s show in the 80s. As of 2021, he has a net worth of $ 65 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
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