“In 1982, I was desperate to have a job in LA,” the 52-year old “Back to the Future” star said at the Casting Society of America’s annual Artios Awards where he was honored.
“I owed money, and my phone was cut off. I was selling sections of my sectional sofa. I was ready to go back to Canada and pick up nails on my brother’s construction site.”
But things changed for the better when he was cast in the sitcom “Family Ties.”
“I went in to read for ‘Family Ties.’ They [initially] wanted Matthew Broderick. He’d usually go in first for auditions, and you’d hear hands shaking. I was always losing jobs to Matthew Broderick,” he said.
After his role in the sitcom, he landed roles on “Back to the Future”, “Teen Wolf” and more.
The actor, who has been battling Parkinson’s disease for over 20 years, currently appears in “The Michael J. Fox Show”, a comedy inspired by his life.
This September he opened up about how the disease has changed his acting.
“I had a certain fluidity to my movements and rhythm of speech and a physicality that I had depended on,” he told Rolling Stone.
“It served me really well, but when that was taken away, I found that there was other stuff that I could use. That hesitation, that Parkinsonian affect, is an opportunity to just pause in a moment and collect as a character and respond to what’s happening and just gave me this kind of gravitas. It really gave me a new view of things.”