The Back To The Future star struggled to find a job in Los Angeles in the early 1980s, and had to consider giving up his Hollywood dream and moving back to his native Canada as his debts mounted up.
However, Fox's luck changed when he landed a role in comedy Tv series Family Ties, but only because the producer's first choice, Matthew Broderick, was unavailable.
Speaking at the Casting Society of America's annual Artios Awards, Fox says, "In 1982, I was desperate to have a job in L.A. I owed money, and my phone was cut off. I was selling sections of my sectional sofa. I was ready to go back to Canada and pick up nails on my brother's construction site.
"I went in to read for Family Ties. They (initially) wanted Matthew Broderick. He'd usually go in first for auditions, and you'd hear hands shaking. I was always losing jobs to Matthew Broderick."
The job completely changed Fox's life - he went on to win three Emmy awards for his role in the show, and he also met his future wife, Tracy Pollan, who was cast as his onscreen girlfriend.