The ‘Future’ Is August 20, 2016: Five-Time Emmy Award Winner Michael J. Fox, ‘Caroline in the City’ Actress Lea Thompson, Three-Time Emmy Winner Christopher Lloyd To Appear At Wizard World Comic Con Chicago

Posted Jul 28 2016

Hello, McFly! From the Back to the Future franchise to TV hits like “Family Ties” and “Spin City,” Michael J. Fox has thrilled, touched and moved millions with his performances as well as his commitment to the campaign for increased Parkinson’s disease research. Lea Thompson, who portrayed Marty’s mother in the trilogy in one of her most memorable roles, has appeared in more than 80 films and TV series. And Christopher Lloyd, whose career spans 40 years, has more than 200 roles to his credit. Now fans will have the chance to meet the three biggest stars of the beloved trilogy as Wizard World has announced that they will all attend Wizard World Comic Con Chicago on Saturday, August 20 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Thompson will also appear on Sunday, August 21, and Lloyd will attend Friday through Sunday, August 19-21.

 

The three also appeared at Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia in June.

The Edmonton, Alberta, Canada native Fox debuted as a professional actor at 15, co-starring in the sitcom “Leo and Me” on CBC. When he was 18, Fox moved to Los Angeles. He had a series of bit parts, including one in “Palmerstown USA” before winning the role of lovable conservative Alex P. Keaton on NBC’s enormously popular “Family Ties” (1982-89). During Fox’s seven years on “Ties,” he earned three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe, making him one of the country’s most prominent young actors.

“Spin City” reunited Fox with “Family Ties” creator/executive producer Gary David Goldberg. Together with Bill Lawrence, Goldberg created the series expressly for Fox, establishing it as a joint venture of Dreamworks SKG, Goldberg’s UBU Productions, and Lottery Hill Entertainment (run by Fox and partner Nelle Fortenberry, now a member of the Board of Directors of The Michael J. Fox Foundation).

Fox also had time during his busy TV work to become an international film star, appearing in over a dozen features showcasing his keen ability to shift between comedy and drama. These include the Back to the Future trilogy, The Hard Way, Doc Hollywood, The Secret of My Success, Bright Lights, Big City, Light of Day, Teen Wolf, Casualties of War, Life With Mikey, For Love or Money, The American President, Greedy, The Frighteners, and Mars Attacks!

Though the five-time Emmy Award winner (in addition to the three for “Family Ties,” he also won one for “Spin City” and one for a guest role on “Rescue Me”) would not share the news with the public for another seven years, Fox was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson’s disease in 1991. Upon disclosing his condition in 1998, he committed himself to the campaign for increased Parkinson’s research. Fox announced his retirement from “Spin City” in January 2000, effective upon the completion of his fourth season and 100th episode. Today the largest nonprofit funder of Parkinson’s drug development in the world, the Foundation has galvanized the search for a cure for Parkinson’s disease, and Michael is widely admired for his tireless work as a patient advocate.

In addition to playing "Lorraine Baines McFly" alongside Fox, Thompson starred in SpaceCamp, Howard The Duck, Dennis The Menace, Some Kind of Wonderful and numerous other hit films. She has guest starred in many TV series, and had success with the NBC situation comedy "Caroline in the City" in the late 1990s before starring in several Broadway plays.

He may be best known to Wizard World fans for his iconic portrayal of “Doc Brown,” but Lloyd's career includes blockbuster films like The Addams Family and Who Framed Roger Rabbit and classic series like "Taxi." Some of Lloyd's other top credits include Dennis The Menace, Angels in the Outfield, To Be or Not to Be, Clue and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.

For more information, please visit the Wizard World Chicago website.


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