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Michael Moore

Highest Rated:   100% Roger & Me (1989)
Lowest Rated:   14% Canadian Bacon (1995)
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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

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
55% Michael Moore In TrumpLand
  • Actor
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$0.1M 2016
60% Roseanne for President!
  • Actor
$0.1M 2016
79% Where to Invade Next
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$2.6M 2016
No Score Yet Ethos
  • Actor
2011
75% Capitalism: A Love Story
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
$14.4M 2009
28% Slacker Uprising
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2008
91% Sicko
  • Director
  • Actor
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
$24.4M 2007
No Score Yet The Fever
  • Reporter
2007
60% Al Franken: God Spoke
  • Actor
2006
83% This Divided State
  • Himself
2005
75% Michael Moore Hates America
  • Actor
2004
83% Fahrenheit 9/11
  • Actor
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$119.1M 2004
79% Orwell Rolls in His Grave
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Ankle Biters
  • Actor
2002
96% Bowling for Columbine
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
$21.4M 2002
59% The Party's Over
  • Actor
2001
22% Lucky Numbers
  • Walter
$9.6M 2000
96% The Insider
  • Michael Moore
1999
63% EDtv
  • Panel Member
1999
92% The Big One
  • Director
  • Himself
1998
14% Canadian Bacon
  • Producer
1995
100% Roger & Me
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Himself
  • Director
1989
No Score Yet Paradise, Hawaiian Style
  • Director
1966

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Meet the Press
1947
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Guest
  • Panelist
  • 2016
  • 2003
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2009
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest

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