Michael J. Fox and his wife Tracy Pollan are one of the most inspiring couples in Hollywood. They’ve been loyally married for over three decades and have supported each other through ups and downs, especially Fox’s battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Recently, the couple celebrated their 35th anniversary, and the actor shared a heartwarming tribute to his beloved wife.
The Back to the Future star, 62, shared a series of photos of him and Tracy over the years on social media.
“35 years of laugher, living, listening and loving you,” Fox wrote in the caption. “Thank you for it all. Forever yours, Mike.”
“Love you so much!!!” Pollan replied in the comments. She also shared her own Instagram post paying tribute to her husband:
“Happy anniversary my love. Here’s to many more glorious adventures together. I could not love you more,” she wrote.
Pollan celebrated her 63rd birthday last month, Fox also shared a sweet birthday tribute to his wife: “She showers the people she loves with love, she shows them the way that she feels,” he wrote.
“My forever Summer girl, my love, my best friend, and the most beautiful amazing mom to our four stupendous kids. Love love love you.”
Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan – love story
Fox & Pollan have been married since 1988. They first met years earlier on the set of Family Ties, on which Pollan played the girlfriend of Fox’s Alex P. Keaton. They worked together again on the film Bright Lights, Big City and began a relationship.
The couple married on July 16, 1988. They have four children together: their son Sam, twin daughters Aquinnah and Schuyler, and daughter Esmé.
Only a few years into their marriage, Fox’s life took a devastating turn after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991.
“It was scary,” Fox recalled on The Late Show With David Letterman in 2015. “I was 29 years old and so it was the last thing I expected to hear. I thought I’d hurt my shoulder doing some stunt because I had a twitch in my pinkie. And the doctor said ‘You have Parkinson’s disease.’ He said, ‘The good news is that you have 10 years of work left.’”
Fox struggled to come to terms with the disease, but says his wife’s love and support helped him through the darkest times.
“We didn’t know what to expect,” Fox told Today. “One of the things I’ll always love Tracy for is that at that moment, she didn’t blink.”
For the past 35 years, they have been a constant source of love and support for one another, and their love is still going strong.
“I think we really listen to each other, we are there for each other when we need each other,” Pollan told People. “And then we also give each other space when that’s needed. Just feeling off of what’s needed at the moment and trying to be there.”
“Tracy gives our family everything that we need. Any good in our family, anything good that we do, comes from her,” Fox added.
Fox retired from acting in 2021, and recently admitted that his battle with Parkinson’s was “getting tougher” and that he was “not gonna be 80,” but said he was still “happy.”
Fox continues to do great work with his Michael J. Fox Foundation, which funds research to find better treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s. The foundation is the largest nonprofit funder of Parkinson’s disease research and has raised over $1 billion for research projects.