Michael J. Fox has revealed that he nearly quit acting as he was always losing out on acting jobs to Matthew Broderick.

The Back to the Future star had a hard time getting his big break in Hollywood and was on the verge of returning to Canada to work on his brother's construction site when he was cast in Family Ties.

Speaking to the New York Post he said, "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."

With Family Ties however his career changed, "They 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."

Fox is currently starring in The Michael J. Fox Show which is loosely based on his own life and experiences.