About the Cast
MICHAEL J. FOX, who reprises his role as Marty McFly, filmed "Back to the Future Part II" and the television series "Family Ties" simultaneously, just as he had four years earlier with "Back to the Future."
The Vancouver, British Columbia native began acting as a child, making his professional debut at age 15 in a CBS-TV series entitled "Leo and Me." Three years later, the actor moved to Los Angeles and made his first film appearance in the Walt Disney feature "Midnight Madness," shortly thereafter appearing in the critically acclaimed series "Palmerstown USA."
Fox guest-starred on series such as "Trapper John, M.D.," "Lou Grant" and "Family," before being cast in the role for which he would ultimately win three Emmy Awards and millions of devoted fans during the course of its seven season run--that of Alex P. Keaton on "Family Ties."
Although "Back to the Future Part II" only represents Fox's seventh starring role in motion pictures, his previous films are a diverse body of work, encompassing the worlds of light comedy as well as intense drama.
They include "Teen Wolf," "Back to the Future," "Light of Day," "The Secret of My Success," "Bright Lights, Big City" and "Casualties of War." Within weeks of the completion of "Back to the Future Part II," Fox, along with co-stars Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Thomas F. Wilson, continued the saga of Marty McFly and Doc Brown in "Back to the Future Part III."
Fox recently was cast in yet another challenging role, one which the actor acknowledges as the best yet--that of father. During the production of "Back to the Future Part II," Fox's wife, actress Tracy Pollan, gave birth to the couple's first child--Sam Michael Fox.
CHRISTOPHER LLOYD continues his association with Robert Zemeckis, an association which began when the actor was originally cast to play the role of Doc Brown in "Back to the Future." He was also directed by Zemeckis in an episode of Steven Spielberg's "Amazing Stories," as well as in the smash hit "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," in which Lloyd portrayed the villainous Judge Doom.
Born in Stanford, Connecticut, Lloyd began apprenticing in summer stock as a teenager, moving to New York at the age of 20. He studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse under Sanford Meisner, and went on to roles in the Broadway production of "Happy End" opposite Meryl Streep and "Red, White and Maddox," among many others.
He made his motion picture debut in the Academy Award-winning "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," and followed with appearances in films such as "Goin' South," "The Postman Always Rings Twice," "The Onion Field," "To Be Or Not To Be," "Star Trek III-The Search for Spock," "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai," "Track 29," "Eight Men Out" and most recently, "The Dream Team."
Lloyd first came to the attention of television audiences for his Emmy-winning portrayal of the spaced-out Reverend Jim in television's long running series "Taxi."
In "Back to the Future," LEA THOMPSON played both a flirtatious 17-year-old in 1955, as well as a housewife some 30 years later. For her return in "Back to the Future Part II," the actress takes another 30-year leap, and appears as the 77-year-old Lorraine Baines McFly, as well as a distorted version of herself in the altered version of 1985 as the wife of Biff Tannen.
Thompson began her career at the age of 14 as a professional dancer, winning scholarships with both the American Ballet Theatre and the San Francisco Ballet, as well as performing with The Pennsylvania Ballet Company and Ballet Repertory. Realizing she would never become a prima ballerina, Thompson moved to New York to pursue acting. Cast in a number of commercials, the actress's motion picture debut came in "Jaws 3-D." This led to starring roles in films such as "All the Right Moves," "Red Dawn," "The Wild Life," "Some Kind of Wonderful," "Space Camp," Howard the Duck," "Casual Sex?" and "The Wizard of Loneliness."
Thompson most recently starred in the Turner Network production of "NightBreaker," for which she received an Ace Award nomination, and in.an episode of the HBO series, "Tales From the Crypt." She also completed the Turner Network presentation of "Montana," written by Larry McMurtry.
Having made his motion picture debut in "Back to the Future," THOMAS F. WILSON takes center stage in his return to the role of Marty's arch nemesis, Biff Tanners, as well as appearing as Biff's future grandson, Griff.
Born in Philadelphia, Wilson studied international politics at Arizona State University before turning his attentions toward performing with a stint in summer stock at Villanova University. The actor began his career as a stand-up comic, performing on "open mike" nights in comedy clubs in Philadelphia and New Jersey. As his act became more polished, Wilson began to earn a modest income as a comedian, and soon found himself performing in clubs in Baltimore, Washington D.C. and New York. While in Manhattan, Wilson also attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Wilson moved to Hollywood in 1981, and again found himself in front of audiences in comedy clubs such as the Comedy Store, the Improvisation and Comic Strip, sometimes doubling as the club's bouncer. After appearing in a number of commercials and episodic television shows, Wilson was cast as Biff in "Back to the Future."
Since then, the actor has starred in the film "April Fool's Day" and in the features "Action Jackson" and "Let's Get Harry," and continues, when his schedule permits, to perform stand-up comedy. Wilson, his wife Caroline and their two daughters reside in Southern California.
Other familiar faces returning from the cast of "Back to the Future" include JAMES TOLKAN as Hill Valley High School Principal Strickland; MARC McCLURE as Marty's brother, Dave; JEFFREY J. COHEN, CASEY SIEMASZKO and BILLY ZANE as Biff's ever-present gang members and HARRY WATERS, JR. as Marvin Berry, along with the original "Starlighters."
as of October 24, 1989