Michael Moore

Highest Rated: 100% Blood in the Face (1991)
Lowest Rated: 14% Canadian Bacon (1995)
Birthday: Apr 23, 1954
Birthplace: Flint, Michigan, USA
Author, filmmaker, and political activist Michael Moore has developed a trademark style of tackling major issues with a sharp sense of humor while maintaining a regular-guy attitude, an approach that has helped him secure a reputation as both a razor-sharp humorist and one of America's most fearless political commentators. Michael Moore was born in 1954 in Davison, MI, a suburb of Flint, then home to one of General Motors' biggest manufacturing plants, where Moore's father and grandfather both worked. Born to an Irish-Catholic family, Moore attended parochial school until he was 14, when he transferred to Davison High School. Moore soon developed an interest in student politics as well as larger issues; he won a merit badge as an Eagle Scout by creating a slide show exposing environmentally unfriendly businesses in Flint, and in 1972, when 18-year-olds were granted the right to vote, he ran for a seat on the Flint school board, soon becoming one of the youngest people in the United States to win an election for public office. While Moore was briefly a student at University of Michigan-Flint, he dropped out to focus on activism, and began a career as a journalist by working for the Flint Voice, an alternative weekly newspaper. In time, Moore became the editor, and under his leadership the paper expanded into the Michigan Voice, one of the most respected alternative political publications in the Midwest. Moore's success at the Michigan Voice eventually led to a job offer from Mother Jones magazine, where he became editor in 1986. Moore believed that Mother Jones, a leftist political journal based in San Francisco, had lost its bite, and it was his goal to give the magazine an edgy, populist voice. He often butted heads, however, with Mother Jones' publishers and management, and after less than a year he was fired, reportedly for refusing to run an article critical of the Sandanista rebels in Nicaragua that Moore believed was both inflammatory and inaccurate. After a brief spell working with a Ralph Nader organization, Moore got the idea to make a film about his old hometown of Flint and how the local economy had collapsed in the wake of the closure of General Motors' Flint plants despite their continued profitability. Moore used his settlement fee from Mother Jones as seed money for the film, but eventually sold his home and even held bingo games to raise the money to finish it. Finally, in 1989, the completed film Roger & Me -- in which, among other things, Moore and his crew repeatedly fail to get General Motors chairman Roger Smith to agree to an interview -- became a major critical success, was honored at a number of film festivals, and went on to become one of the most financially successful documentary features ever made. Following the success of Roger & Me, Moore participated as an interviewer in the production of Blood in the Face, and then directed a short follow-up to Roger & Me, Pets or Meat: The Return to Flint (1992). Next, Moore began work on his first fictional feature, Canadian Bacon, a satiric comedy in which an ineffectual United States president fabricates a "Cold War" against Canada. In 1994, Moore took his first stab at television with the satiric news and commentary program TV Nation, which aired on NBC. While TV Nation won rave reviews and a loyal following, the show's ratings were not what NBC was hoping for (it was also uncomfortable with some of the show's satire), and the network canceled the show after only one season. FOX stepped forward to air a second season of TV Nation, but the show fared no better on FOX and soon went off the air for good. In 1996, Moore returned to the written word, publishing a book of political commentary, Downsize This!: Random Threats From an Unarmed American. The book proved to be a surprise bestseller, and as Moore took to the road to promote it, he brought a camera crew along to make a documentary exploring the economic inequality in America as he dashed from city to cit

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
82% Fahrenheit 11/9 Actor Director Screenwriter 2018
53% Michael Moore In TrumpLand Producer Actor Director Screenwriter $75.5K 2016
60% Roseanne for President! Actor $3.8K 2016
79% Where to Invade Next Producer Director Screenwriter $2.6M 2016
No Score Yet Ethos Actor 2011
75% Capitalism: A Love Story Director Producer Screenwriter $14.4M 2009
28% Slacker Uprising Actor Director Screenwriter 2008
54% Manufacturing Dissent Actor 2007
92% Sicko Screenwriter Actor Director Producer $24.4M 2007
No Score Yet The Fever Reporter 2007
59% Al Franken: God Spoke Actor 2006
83% This Divided State Himself 2005
75% Michael Moore Hates America Actor 2004
82% Fahrenheit 9/11 Actor Director Producer Screenwriter $119.1M 2004
No Score Yet Liberty Bound Actor 2004
79% Orwell Rolls in His Grave Actor 2003
No Score Yet Ankle Biters Actor 2002
95% Bowling for Columbine Producer Screenwriter Actor Director $21.4M 2002
56% The Party's Over Actor 2001
22% Lucky Numbers Walter $9.6M 2000
96% The Insider Michael Moore 1999
64% EDtv Panel Member 1999
92% The Big One Himself Director 1998
14% Canadian Bacon Director 1995
100% Blood in the Face Interviewer 1991
100% Roger & Me Himself Screenwriter Producer 1989
No Score Yet Paradise, Hawaiian Style Director 1966

TV

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No Score Yet Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.
2012
Appearing
  • 2019
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2019
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  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2018
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No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2011
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
Guest Panelist
  • 2018
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  • 2013
  • 2012
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No Score Yet Meet the Press
1947
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2010
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No Score Yet The Jay Leno Show
2009-2010
Guest
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
Guest
  • 2007
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No Score Yet Numb3rs
2005-2010
Paul
  • 2006
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 2003
No Score Yet Mad About You
1992-1999
Michael Moore
  • 1997

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