Michael J. Fox nearly quit acting because of Matthew Broderick.

The 'Back to the Future' star almost left Hollywood to work as a builder in his native Canada because he kept losing out on roles to 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' actor Matthew.

He told the New York Post newspaper: 'In 1982, I was desperate to have a job in Los Angeles.

'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.'

Michael explained how his luck changed when he was cast in 'Family Ties', adding: '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.'

'Family Ties' led to 'Back to the Future' which turned Michael into a global star and paved the way for further success with films including 'Teen Wolf' and two 'Back to the Future' sequels.

He returned to TV in the 90s with comedy series 'Spin City' but was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, which led to him announcing a 'semi-retirement' in 2000.

However, Michael continues to act, and currently stars in 'The Michael J. Fox Show' which is loosely based on his own life.

Michael was also honoured with the New York Apple Award at the Casting Society of America's annual Artios Awards earlier this month.