Think back to the first time you saw Michael J. Fox on screen. It was probably in his breakout role as Alex P. Keaton on the classic TV series Family Ties. At the time of its premiere in 1982, Michael was a fresh-faced 21-year-old who would go on to become the megastar we know and love today. Now, if you take a look at his son Sam, you might think you’re staring at a time machine that takes you right back to Michael’s younger days.
Michael and his wife Tracy Pollan welcomed Sam, their first of four children, in 1989. As their only son, Sam is a dead ringer for his dad — they both share the very same wholesome good looks! Even their crooked smiles are uncannily alike. The major difference, it seems, is that Sam also happened to inherit his mom’s height while Michael stands at a more modest 5 feet and 4 inches.
Michael and Tracy’s other children include twin girls Aquinnah and Schuyler, who clearly take after their mom’s side of the gene pool, and their youngest daughter Esmé, who looks to be a perfect mix of each parent.
Even though Sam would be an excellent choice to remake any of his dad’s old films — anyone else suddenly thinking about a whole new Back to the Future franchise? — he has yet to follow in Michael’s footsteps with any acting gigs. He did, however, fill in the role of Mr. Golden Globe during the 2013 award ceremony. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association traditionally taps the children of beloved performers to carry trophies to the podium for each category winner as Mr. and Mrs. Golden Globe. That year also happened to be hosted by funny ladies Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. At one point, Fey joked about how Taylor Swift, who was nominated for Original Song, should “stay away from Michael J. Fox's son.” The pop star is notorious for penning songs based on her relationships, something Michael admitted he wasn't eager for Sam to be the subject of while speaking with Vulture a few days after the event. The jokes were all in good fun, of course, but it would certainly be strange to turn on the radio and hear a song about how Marty McFly's son did Swift wrong.