Actors Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan have been married for an impressive 30 years. Although some relationships in Hollywood have stood the test of time, it’s no secret that a lot of romances that take off in Tinsel Town end up having a pretty short shelf life. But Fox and Pollan have weathered a lot together since they wed on July 16, 1988. They’ve had career ups and downs, parenthood, a harrowing period of time in which they received threats from a stalker and Fox’s journey with young-onset Parkinson’s disease, which he was diagnosed with in 1991 at just 29 years old.
Fox and Pollan met on the set of “Family Ties,” the hit 1980s sitcom in which Fox starred as Alex P. Keaton, a precocious and whip-smart young man who drove his liberal parents crazy with his conservative political beliefs. In 1985, Pollan was cast as Fox’s character’s girlfriend, Ellen Reed, an equally intelligent dancer who could stand her ground in a battle of the wits with her love interest.
Although the two had great onscreen chemistry, they were both involved with other people at the time (Pollan with actor Kevin Bacon and Fox with “Facts of Life” star Nancy McKeon) and were just friends and colleagues during the time they played a couple on TV.
However, when they both found themselves single a short time later, they began to date. The couple got engaged in December 1987 after just seven months together. In 1989, Pollan gave birth to their first son, Sam Michael. They later welcomed twin daughters Aquinnah Kathleen and Schuyler Phyllis in 1995 and daughter Esme Annabelle in 2001.
Fox went public with his Parkinson’s diagnosis in 1998, and together the couple have made it their mission to raise funds and awareness for the disease through the Michael J. Fox Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Fox acts as founder, and Pollan also sits on the organization’s Board of Directors.
Despite their hardships, the couple have gone on to have success in life, in work and in love. And after all these years, it seems like they are still pretty smitten with each other.
“He’s an amazing father,” Pollan gushed of her husband to People back in 2015, adding, “He’s one of the smartest people I know … and he’s pretty cute still!”
For his part, Fox says that his initial feeling that he and Pollan were meant to be turned out to be right.
“Let me put it this way — my instincts were proven out,” he said in a 2002 interview with Oprah Winfrey for O Magazine. “Tracy was the right person for me, and it has been amazing.”
Here’s to many more happy years together for this sweet couple!
[H/t E! News]