Michael Bay

Photographer, Director, Actor
Ever since he emerged from an incredibly successful commercial and music video career, director Michael Bay made some of the biggest, loudest and highest-grossing movies of all time. While he certainly made a lot of ... Read more »
Born: 02/17/1965 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Producer (25)

Black Sails 2013 - 2016 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Project Almanac 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Last Ship 2013 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Ouija 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Inside the Action 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Producer

The Purge: Anarchy 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Pain & Gain 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Purge 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

I Am Number Four 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Transformers: Dark of the Moon 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Friday the 13th 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Horsemen 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Unborn 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Hitcher 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Transformers 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Amityville Horror 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Island 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

Pearl Harbor 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Armageddon 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Fiasco Heights (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (12)

The Neighbors 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

3rd Annual DVD Exclusive Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

3rd Annual Taurus World Stunt Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Bad Boys II 2003 (Movie)

Crappy Car Driver (Actor)

Reel Comedy: Bad Boys II 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Will Smith VH1 Movie Special: Bad Boys II 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Into the Shadows: The CIA in Hollywood 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

History Vs. Hollywood: Pearl Harbor 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Pearl Harbor: A Journey to the Screen 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Franky Goes to Hollywood 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)
Director (11)

Transformers: Age of Extinction 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Pain & Gain 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Transformers: Dark of the Moon 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Transformers 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

The Island 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Bad Boys II 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Pearl Harbor 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Armageddon 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

The Rock 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Bad Boys 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Ever since he emerged from an incredibly successful commercial and music video career, director Michael Bay made some of the biggest, loudest and highest-grossing movies of all time. While he certainly made a lot of money for his studio bosses, Bay earned considerable scorn from critics and other detractors, who deplored his testosterone-fueled action vehicles that were full of incessantly moving camerawork and frenetic editing, as well as short on story and three dimensional characters. Bay first made waves in the commercial world with his CLIO-winning "Got Milk?" ad campaign, while helping to reinvigorating the music career of artists like Donny Osmond with high-end music video work. But he made his biggest splash - which included a healthy amount of criticism - with his first movie, "Bad Boys" (1995), which featured tons of car chases, snappy one-liners and flying bullets. He followed his successful Hollywood entrée with "The Rock" (1996), a high-octane action thriller that had as many fans as it did critics. Bay was roundly criticized for the impossible-to-believe "Armageddon" (1998), which centered around a space shuttle landing on an asteroid hurtling toward Earth, while his take on "Pearl Harbor" (2001) drew fire for its lazy accounting of historical events and overly sappy love story. Despite his detractors, Bay's movies were big box office earners until he made "The Island" (2005), which not only became his first flop, but also generated a lawsuit for allegedly ripping off the plot of an obscure 1976 movie. Bay bounced back, however, with "Transformers" (2007), a highly-successful and positively received adaptation the 1980s cartoon that spawned two sequels and retained Bay's title as being one of Hollywood's biggest hit makers.

Relationships

Jim Bay

Father
Adoptive parent

Harriet Bay

Mother
Adoptive parent

Lisa Bay

Sister

EDUCATION

Art College Center of Design

Pasadena , California
Made a commercial for Coca-Cola while still a student

Wesleyan University

Middletown , Connecticut 1986
Made thesis short "Benjamin's Birthday" which won the Frank Capra Award

Crossroads High School

Santa Monica , California

Milestones

2011

Returned once again to direct "Transformers: Dark of the Moon"; re-teamed with Spielberg who was the executive producer

2009

Returned as director of "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"; re-teamed with Spielberg as producer

2007

Teamed with Steven Spielberg (the executive producer) to direct "Transformers," a live action film based on the franchise and toy line

2006

Bought the special effects company Digital Domain from former owners James Cameron and Stan Winston

2005

Helmed first film without Bruckheimer producing, "The Island"; co-starred Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson

2003

Re-teamed with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence for the sequel "Bad Boys II"; also marked fifth collaboration with Bruckheimer

2003

First film released under Platinum Dunes was a 'reconceptualization' of the 1974 horror film "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre"

2001

Directed the big-budget WWII-era set "Pearl Harbor"; again produced by Bruckheimer

2001

Formed Platinum Dunes, with Brad Fuller, and Andrew Form, a production company designed to produce lower-budgeted films

1998

Signed two-year multimillion dollar producing and directing deal with Disney

1998

Directed the big-budget film "Armageddon"; co-produced with Jerry Bruckheimer

1996

Again collaborated with Bruckheimer and Simpson for "The Rock"

1995

Made feature directorial debut with "Bad Boys"; produced by Simpson and Bruckheimer and co-starred Will Smith and Martin Lawrence

1990

First collaboration with Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, directed the music video for "Days of Thunder"

1988

Began directing music videos, re-launching Donny Osmond's career and also directing for Meatloaf, Tina Turner, etc.

Was one of the principals in Propaganda Films; directed TV commercials for Budweiser, Milk, Coca Cola, Nike, etc.

At age 15, worked in an office job at Lucasfilm

Formed Bay Films

Bonus Trivia

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In a July 1998 profile in Entertainment Weekly, Bay claimed to have tracked down his birth parents and indicated that his father was a famous Hollywood director. Speculation ran rampant until some revealed it was thought to be John Frankenheimer. In a May 2001 article that appeared in the New York Post, Frankenheimer addressed the topic, confirming that he had had a one-night stand with Bay's birth mother who then tried to extort money from him by claiming to have been pregnant with his child. Frankenheimer paid the hush money and the woman went on to believe that he was the father of her child, but Frankenheimer insists he is not Bay's natural father, even telling the post that 'tests' had determined that wasn't the case.

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