Marty McFly turns 48 years old? This is heavy

Michael-j-fox Michael J. Fox is 48 years old? Great Scott! Alas, Michael Andrew Fox was born on this day back in 1961 in Edmonton, Alberta.

What a minute. Andrew? Yep. Turns out that when Michael started his acting career, he briefly went by "Michael Fox" until he discovered there was already another older actor by that name. Andrew Fox didn't cut mustard, so he decided to take "J" as a middle initial. Why? It sounded good. Another report has it that it's a tribute to actor Michael J. Pollard. And seriously, can you imagine saying his name now without the J?

Feel free to share your opinion on his biggest contribution to the '80s: Family Ties (good pick), Teen Wolf (seriously?), maybe even Secret of My Success, Bright Lights Big City or Casualties of War.

Sorry, but I'm going for the obvious -- Back to the Future. Shot almost entirely in the middle of the night (he was taping Family Ties during the day), the Robert Zemeckis flick is pure '80s genius. It's been mentioned in a Ronald Reagan speech, secured in the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress and, in 2008, was named by the American Film Institute as one of the 10 best films in 10 "classic" American film genres. (Check out a bunch of classic clips on Hulu.)

These days, Fox continues to crusade for a cure for Parkinson's disease, which the actor has lived with since about 1990. And he's back to work in front of the camera, appearing in this season of TV's Rescue Me. Great to have you back, Michael.

TOP 5 MEMORABLE LINES BY MARTY McFLY IN BACK TO THE FUTURE:

5. "History is gonna change."

4. "Time circuits on. Flux Capacitor ... fluxxing."

3. "If you guys ever have kids and one of them when he's 8 years old accidentally sets fire to the living room rug ... go easy on him."

2. "This is heavy."

1. "What happens to us in the future? Do we become a--h---- or something?"

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