Michael J. Fox and wife Tracy Pollan on how they stay connected with their four kids (exclusive)

Michael J. Fox has been a cultural icon for decades, and a father for nearly as long. So the celebrated actor and his wife, actress Tracy Pollan, put in a lot of effort to stay connected with their kids.

ET spoke with Fox and Pollan at A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson's, a star-studded evening of comedy and music to benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, at the Hilton in New York City on Saturday, and they opened up about how they have fun with their children.

"Honestly, we travel a lot. We go out to dinner a lot, they do like the shopping a lot," reflected Pollan, who shares three kids with Fox -- 29-year-old son Sam, 23-year-old twin daughters Aquinnah and Schuyler, and 17-year-old daughter, Esmé.

See the Fox family at their annual Parkinson's gala through the years: 

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Michael J. Fox and his children at annual Parkinson's gala
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Sam Michael Fox with mother Tracy Pollan and father Michael J. Fox (Photo by KMazur/WireImage for BWR Public Relations)
Michael J. Fox and Sam Michael Fox at the The Waldorf Astoria Grand Ballroom in New York City, New York (Photo by Djamilla Rosa Cochran/WireImage)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 1: (R-L) Actor Michael J. Fox, actress Tracy Pollen and Sam Fox attend 'A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson's' benefit gala for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers December 1, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Wintrow/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 21: Schuyler Fox, Aquinnah Fox, Michael J. Fox, Tracy Pollan and Sam Fox attend the 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson's' benefit at The Waldorf Astoria Hotel on November 21, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: (L-R) Schuyler Fox, Actor Michael J. Fox and his wife Tracy Pollan, Sam Fox and Aquinnah Fox at the 2011 A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson's event at The Waldorf=Astoria on November 12, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: (L-R) Schuyler Fox, Sam Fox, Tracy Pollan, Michael J. Fox and Aquinnah Fox on the red carpet at the 2012 A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson's event at The Waldorf=Astoria on November 10, 2012 in New York City benefitting The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/MJF2012/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: (L-R) Aquinnah Fox, Sam Fox, Tracy Pollan, Michael J. Fox and Schuyler Fox on the red carpet at the 2012 A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson's event at The Waldorf=Astoria on November 10, 2012 in New York City benefitting The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Esme Fox, Michael J. Fox, Tracy Pollan and Sam Fox attend 2013 A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson's at The Waldorf=Astoria on November 9, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (L-R) Aquinnah Fox, Michael J. Fox, Phyllis Piper Fox, Tracy Pollan, Esme Fox, and Sam Michael Fox attend 2014 A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson's at The Waldorf=Astoria on November 22, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/MJF2014/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 11: Sam Michael Fox, Esme Annabelle Fox, Schuyler Frances Fox and Aquinnah Kathleen Fox attend the 2017 a funny thing happened on the way to cure Parkinson's benefitting The Michael J. Fox Foundation at the Hilton New York on November 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: (L-R) Sam Michael Fox, Tracy Pollan, Michael J. Fox and Esme Fox attend the Michael J. Fox Foundation A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinsons Gala at The Waldorf=Astoria on November 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/MJF2015/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Sam Michael Fox, actress Tracy Pollan, actor Michael J. Fox and Esme Annabelle Fox attend the 2016 A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson's at The Waldorf Astoria on November 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 11: (L-R) Schuyler Frances Fox, Esmé Annabelle Fox, Michael J. Fox, Tracy Pollan, Sam Michael Fox and Aquinnah Kathleen Fox attend the 2017 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson's event at the Hilton New York on November 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 11: Sam Michael Fox, Esme Annabelle Fox, Michael J. Fox, Tracy Pollan, Schuyler Frances Fox and Aquinnah Kathleen Fox attend the 2017 a funny thing happened on the way to cure Parkinson's benefitting The Michael J. Fox Foundation at the Hilton New York on November 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Schuyler Frances Fox, Aquinnah Kathleen Fox, Michael J. Fox, Tracy Pollan, Sam Michael Fox, and Esme Annabelle Fox on the red carpet of A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson's benefitting The Michael J. Fox Foundation at the Hilton New York on November 10, 2018. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: (L-R) Schuyler Frances Fox, Aquinnah Kathleen Fox, Michael J. Fox, Tracy Pollan, Sam Michael Fox and Esme Annabelle Fox attend A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson's 2018 at the Hilton New York on November 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
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According to Fox, one of the things they all like to do as a family the most is dine together, nearly all the time.

"They like to eat, a lot. None of them are huge but they like to eat," Fox joked. "They must burn a lot of calories doing something because they eat copious amounts of food."

While Fox has had a long career making people laugh playing the roguish mischief maker, and both of the proud parents met and fell in love after playing an on-screen couple in the 1980s sitcom Family Ties, that legacy of comedy hasn't necessarily earned them a lot of cred with their kids.

"They don’t think we’re funny at all," Pollan admitted. "They roll their eyes and think we tell stupid mom and dad jokes."

"I do tell stupid jokes, but you tell clever jokes," Fox added. "I tell the same stupid joke over, and over, and over again."

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Michael J. Fox and wife Tracy through the years
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Michael J. Fox and wife Tracy through the years
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 01: Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
AActress Tracy Pollan and actor Michael J. Fox attend the 40th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on August 28, 1988 at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 23: Michael J. Fox and wife Tracy Pollan sighting in Manhattan on August 23rd 1988 in London. (Photo by Tom Wargacki/WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Actress Tracy Pollan and actor Michael J. Fox attend the 'Back to the Future Part II' Universal City Premiere on November 20, 1989 at Cineplex Odeon Century Plaza Cinemas in Universal City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Tracy Pollan and Michael J. Fox during 'Back To The Future Part 2' Los Angeles Premiere at Cineplex Odeon in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actress Tracy Pollan and actor Michael J. Fox attend the 'Made in Milan' New York City Premiere on October 31, 1990 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Tracy Pollan and actor Michael J. Fox on February 18, 1990 walk down Broadway and 72nd Street in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Tracy Pollan and actor Michael J. Fox attend the 'Jacob's Ladder' New York City Premiere on October 24, 1990 at Tribeca Film Center in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Tracy Pollan and actor Michael J. Fox attend the 'Doc Hollywood' Beverly Hills Premiere on July 31, 1991 at Academy Theatre in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Tracy Pollan and actor Michael J. Fox attend the Broadway Show League's 38th Annual Softball Game to Benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS on April 30, 1992 at Central Park in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Fox's mother, Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan during Party For Motion Picture And Television Producers - June 22, 1992 at Gracie Mansion in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Michael J. Fox and actress Tracy Pollan attend the 'For Love or Money' New York City Premiere on September 27, 1993 at City Cinemas Cinema 1 in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 01: Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Actor Michael J. Fox, actress Tracy Pollan and son Sam Fox attend the Third Annual 'Kids for Kids' Celebrity Carnival to Benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation on October 1, 1995 at Industria Superstudio in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Michael J. Fox and actress Tracy Pollan attend the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund's 17th Annual Equal Opportunity Awards on November 28, 1995 at New York Hilton Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Michael J. Fox and actress Tracy Pollan attend the 48th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 8, 1996 at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - 1996: Actor Michael J. Fox and actress Tracy Pollan pose for a portrait circa 1996 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Davis/Getty Images)
Actor Michael J. Fox and actress Tracy Pollan attend the 23rd Annual People's Choice Awards on January 12, 1997 at The Barker Hangar, Santa Monica Air Center in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Michael J. Fox and actress Tracy Pollan attend the 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 14, 1997 at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Michael J. Fox and actress Tracy Pollan attend the 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 18, 1998 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Tracy Pollan and actor Michael J. Fox attend the 'Anthem' New York City Premiere on May 5, 1998 at City Center in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Michael J. Fox, actress Tracy Pollan and son Sam Fox attend the 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 12, 1999 at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Tracy Pollan and Michael J Fox at GQ Man of the Year awards, New York, October 21, 1999. (Photo by Steve Eichner/Getty Images)
Actress Tracy Pollan and actor Michael J. Fox attend the Fifth Annual GQ Men of the Year Awards on October 26, 2000 at Beacon Theater in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actor Michael J. Fox and actress Tracy Pollan attend the 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 10, 2000 at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Tracy Pollan and Michael J. Fox during Mark Seliger celebrates his book 'Lenny Kravitz' published by Arena Editions with proceeds of the book going to UFA Widow and Children Fund. at Kennedy Boesky Gallery in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Michael J. Fox, son and Tracy Pollan during 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson's...' - A Benefit Evening for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research - 2002 at Manhattan Pavillion in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Carmen Valdes/WireImage)
Michael J. Fox, wife Tracy & daughters at the Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
Michael J. Fox, Tracy Pollan during Michael J. Fox Parkinson Foundation at Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by M. Von Holden/FilmMagic)
Michael J. Fox, Tracy Pollan during Michael J. Fox Parkinson Foundation at Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by M. Von Holden/FilmMagic)
Sam Fox, Tracy Pollan, Michael J. Fox during Benefit evening for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research at Waldorf Astoria in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/FilmMagic)
Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan during 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson's' Benefit for The Michael J. Fox Foundation at The Waldorf Astoria Grand Ballroom in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Djamilla Rosa Cochran/WireImage)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 9: Tracy Pollan and Michael J. Fox attend The New York City Ballet and The School of American Ballet presentation of The Nutcracker Family Benefit on December 9, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - DECEMBER 15: Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan attend DONNY DEUTSCH'S Birthday Celebration at Jazz on December 15, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by PATRICK MCMULLAN/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Actor Michael J. Fox, and wife, actress Tracy Pollan attend 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson's' benefit for the Michael J. Fox Foundation at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers on November 5, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 21: Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan attend The MICHAEL J. FOX FOUNDATION'S 2009 Benefit 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson's' at The Waldorf=Astoria on November 21, 2009 in New York. (Photo by - AMBER DE VOS/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 12: 71st ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Actors Tracy Pollan and Michael J. Fox attend Universal, NBC, Focus Features, E! Sponsored by Chrysler Viewing and After Party with Gold Meets Golden held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 -- (Photo by Trae Patton/NBC/NBC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Tracy Pollan and Michael J. Fox attend the 2011 Dubin Breast Center benefit at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on December 12, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Actors Tracy Pollan (L) and Michael J. Fox attend the 2012 A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson's at The Waldorf=Astoria on November 10, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/FilmMagic)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 08: Tracy Pollan and Michael J. Fox attend the Oakland Raiders vs New York Jets game at MetLife Stadium on December 8, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Pereira/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan attend '2014 A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson's' event at The Waldorf=Astoria on November 22, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: Tracy Pollan (L) and Michael J Fox attend the Global Green USA 2015 Benefit The Future Of Food at The Glasshouses on November 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Global Green USA)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Actors Tracy Pollan and Michael J. Fox attends the 2016 A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson's at The Waldorf=Astoria on November 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 13: Tracy Pollan and Michael J. Fox attend The Museum of Modern Art Film Benefit presented by CHANEL: A Tribute to Julianne Moore at MOMA on November 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Museum Of Modern Art)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 11: Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan attends the 2017 a funny thing happened on the way to cure Parkinson's benefitting The Michael J. Fox Foundation at the Hilton New York on November 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Actors Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan attend A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson's 2018 at the Hilton New York on November 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
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However, Fox's legacy is well-respected at the A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson's gala -- even if Fox himself is the brunt of some of the jokes, especially from close friend and one of the night's special guests, Denis Leary, who usually opens the gala with a few jokes at the actor's expense.

"He does that every year," Pollan said. It’s amazing! And then, you think he’s going to run out of material, but apparently there’s a lot of material and things that you can say to make fun of Michael."

"I’m very mockable," Fox quipped.

The Back to the Future star and his wife were joined by a slate of big celebs and former co-stars for this year's event, including Jennifer Grey, Jim Gaffigan, Katie Couric, Chrisopher Lloyd, Clark Gregg, John Mulaney, and John Slattery to name just a few. And while the aim of the event is to raise money for a charitable cause, it's also a chance to celebrate life and show appreciation for those who have supported the foundation.

"The thing that’s really special about tonight is it’s also a way for us to say thank you to all of the people who support us and to have a really fun time and listen to amazing music and comedians," said Pollan. "Although it’s a very serious business, it’s a real celebration of what everybody’s contributing."

"It’s not an extension of fundraising, it’s a thank you for the fundraising and it’s a party for all the people that support us," Fox added.

Recently, the couple welcomed ET into their home for a candid interview about their lives and their family. Tune into Entertainment Tonight on Monday for a look at our exclusive sit-down with Fox and Pollan. Check here for local listings.

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