About the Cast
Although MICHAEL J. FOX had four years to prepare for his return to the role of Marty McFly in "Back to the Future Part II," he had a mere two weeks time to recuperate from the rigors of the first sequel, before reporting to work for the final chapter of the trilogy.
The Vancouver, British Columbia native began acting as a child, making his professional debut at age 15, in a CBC-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 such series as "Trapper John, MD," "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.1° Fox completed the final season of the show while simultaneously filming "Back to the Future Part II."
"Back to the Future Part III" is only Fox's eighth starring role in motion pictures, yet his previous films represent 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," "Secret of My Success," "Bright Lights, Big City" and "Casualties of War." After completing "Back to the Future Part III," Fox took an extended vacation with his wife and their newborn son. His next role will find him teamed with James Woods in Universal Pictures' "The Hard Way," as a successful comic actor who tries to break out of that mold by starring in a gritty, realistic, police drama.
Having already established the character of Doc Brown as the frenetic, wild-eyed, ingenious man of science, CHRISTOPHER LLOYD shows another side of the Doc in "Part III"--a dashing, heroic character, who revels in his new life in 1885, but is totally unprepared and quite vulnerable to his first experience in matters of the heart.
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 such films 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 "The Dream Team."
Lloyd first came to the attention of television audiences with his two-time Emmy winning portrayal of the spaced-out Reverend Jim in television's long running series "Taxi."
"Back to the Future Part III" marks the fifth time that Lloyd has worked under the direction of 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.
Academy Award winner MARY STEENBURGEN joins the "Back to the Future" cast as an 1885 woman whose intelligence and charm transcend the boundaries of the space-time continuum and cause Doc Brown to be instantly smitten with her. A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Steenburgen moved to New York in 1972 to study acting. A chance meeting with Jack Nicholson in a casting office led to a screen test and her motion picture debut opposite the actor (and director) in "Goin' South." Her second film found the actress dealing with 19th century author H.G. Wells, who takes an unplanned trip into the 20th century in "Time After Time."
Steenburgen won the 1980 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress with her portrayal of Lynda Dummar in "Melvin and Howard," and has since starred in such films as "Cross Creek," "A Midsummer's Night Sex Comedy," "Ragtime," "Romantic Comedy," "One Magic Christmas," "Dead of Winter" and "Miss Firecracker." On television, she starred in the Showtime mini-series "Tender is the Night," and earned an Emmy nomination for the CBS-TV production of "The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank."
Prior to her work in "Back to the Future Part III," Steenburgen starred opposite Steve Martin in one of 1989's biggest hits, "Parenthood."
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. In "Back to the Future Part II," the actress took another 30 year leap, and appeared as the 77 year old Lorraine Baines McFly, as well as a distorted version of herself in the altered 1985 as the wife of Biff Tannen. In "Back to the Future Part III," Thompson again dons the wig (and prosthetics) of Lorraine at age 47, and is also featured as Marty's great-great grandmother, Maggie McFly.
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 Minnesota Dance Theatre and The Pennsylvania Ballet Company. Realizing she would never become a prima ballerina, Thompson moved from her home town of Minneapolis to New York to pursue acting.
Initially cast in a series of 22 commercials for Burger King, the actress's motion picture debut came in "Jaws 3-D." Her next role was that of Tom Cruise's girlfriend in "All the Right Moves," followed by "Red Dawn," in which she played a teenage guerilla fighter helping to fend off a Russian invasion of the United States. It was her appearance in "The Wild Life" which brought the actress to the attention of Robert Zemeckis, who cast her as Lorraine in "Back to the Future." She went on to star in such f- eatures as "Some Kind of Wonderful," "Space Camp," "Howard the Duck," "Casual Sex" and "The Wizard of Loneliness."
Thompson has appeared in an episode of the HBO series "Tales From the Crypt" and starred opposite Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez in the Turner Network production of "NightBreaker," for which she received an Ace Award nomination. In her brief hiatus between filming chores on "Back to the Future Part II" and "III," Thompson starred in the Turner Network presentation of "Montana," written by Larry McMurtry.
THOMAS F. WILSON continues, or perhaps, begins the tradition of Hill Valley's long line of bullies, with his portrayal of the great-grandfather of Biff Tannen--1885 outlaw Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen.
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, often doubling as the clubs' bouncer. After appearing in a number of commercials and episodic television shows such as "Knight Rider" and "The Facts of Life," Wilson was cast as Biff in "Back to the Future."
Since then, the actor has starred in the film "April Fool's Day" and has appeared in the features "Action Jackson" and "Let's Get Harry," as well as his five incarnations of Biff Tannen in "Back to the Future Part II." He continues, when his schedule permits, to perform stand-up comedy. Wilson, his wife Caroline, and their two daughters reside in Southern California.
Familiar faces returning from the cast of "Back to the Future" are JAMES TOLKAN as Marshal Strickland, ELISABETH SHUE as Jennifer, MARC McCLURE as Marty's brother, Dave, and WENDIE JO SPERBER as Linda McFly. Newcomers to the cast include western film veterans DUB TAYLOR, HARRY CAREY, JR., and PAT BUTTRAM as the saloon patrons; MATT CLARK as the bartender; BURTON GILLIAM as a gun salesman, HUGH GILLIN as the mayor of 1885 Hill Valley, and "L.A. Law"'s RICHARD DYSART as a barbed-wire salesman.
as of April 24, 1990