Claim: Actor Michael J. Fox chose the middle name ‘Jello’ for himself when he was a child.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, May 2015]
I have read several times since the 90s that Michael J. Fox’s middle name was left up to him to choose, and that when he was six years old, he chose “Jello.”
Origins: What is actor
allowed him to choose his own middle name, so when he was six years old he opted honor his favorite dessert and become Michael Jello Fox.
The exact origins of this rumor are unclear (it’s probably an escapee from one of the plethora of fake “Did you know?” factoid lists that have long circulated online), but the unusual claim has been posted to multiple Internet forums over the years.
Although the details of the story change depending upon the source, the basic premise of the rumor was provided during a 2008 “off-topic” discussion on the Rotten Tomatoes film site about middle names:
But here’s the absolute best nickname in the world: Jello! When Michael J. Fox was a kid, he was given the chance to pick his own middle name, so he picked the name of his favorite dessert at the time! Michael JELLO Fox. I kid you not!
Curiously, expressions of this rumor have also made their way into some online sales listings for the Back to the Future DVD:
Theatrical release: May 25, 1990. Estimated budget: $22 million. BACK TO THE FUTURE grossed more than $80 million at the domestic box office and more than $240 million worldwide. Michael J. Fox’s middle name is Jello. His parents let him pick his own middle name at the age of two.
(This note is also wrong in stating that Back to the Future had its theatrical release in 1990. The second sequel, Back to the
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Huh? How is that possible?
According to a brief biography from the
“Michael A. Fox” was even worse, the word fox having recently come into use as a synonym for attractive. (Presumptuous?) It also sounded uncomfortably So it was Michael J. Fox on the call sheet I picked up at wrap each night that summer.
The Screen Actors Guild prohibits any two members from working under the same stage name, and they already had a “Michael Fox” on the books. My middle name is Andrew, but “Andrew Fox” or “Andy Fox” didn’t cut it for me.
“Michael A. Fox” was even worse, the word fox having recently come into use as a synonym for attractive. (Presumptuous?) It also sounded uncomfortably
So it was Michael J. Fox on the call sheet I picked up at wrap each night that summer.
In terms of birth names, Michael J. Fox’s middle name is therefore Andrew. In terms of stage names, his middle name is — like that of President
Last updated: 5 May 2015
Fox, Michael J. Lucky Man: A Memoir. Hyperion, 2003. ISBN 0-786-88874-1.