Michael Bay

Michael Bay

Highest Rated: 95% A Quiet Place (2018)

Lowest Rated: 6% Ouija (2014)

Birthday: Feb 17, 1965

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

With his knack for staging visually flashy blockbuster mayhem, Michael Bay became the commercial leader among a new, 1990s generation of advertising-and-MTV-bred directors. Hollywood to the core, Bay has claimed that he was the illegitimate child of a popular director of the 1970s -- although he won't reveal who -- and was given up for adoption at birth. Raised in Los Angeles, he spent his childhood staging Super-8 action movies. He studied film at Wesleyan University and the Pasadena Arts Center, where a Coke commercial he shot as a student project attracted offers to make the real thing. His Coke, Nike, Budweiser, and award-winning "Got Milk?" ads resulted in a 1994 Director's Guild nomination for Best Commercial Director. He was then tapped by producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer to make the kind of slick escapism that defined their 1980s heyday; Bay's directorial debut, Bad Boys (1995), became a star-maker for Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.Bay made his movie name with his second feature, The Rock (1996). While the lead trio of Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, and Ed Harris lent a modicum of class to the over-the-top story concerning treason and Alcatraz, Bay's rapid edits, mobile camera, multi-colored lighting effects, and extreme camera angles never let the narrative energy flag. Popular beyond expectations, The Rock remade the idiosyncratic Cage into a 1990s action star and put Bay on the directorial A-list. Bay's third film, Armageddon (1998), proved that The Rock was no commercial fluke. Although it was the second "asteroid" movie in three months, Armageddon's adrenalized, effects-laden exploits and a cast mixing veterans with hip newcomers turned it into one of the summer's top hits. Armageddon's success set the stage for a bigger, more ambitious, and far more expensive Bay film the next time out: 2001's historical epic/action hybrid Pearl Harbor. Aiming to out-Titanic Titanic, Bay took the events of December 7, 1941, and grafted them onto a fictional love triangle as vapid as it was implausible. The film's budget -- at the time, it was rumored to be the most expensive production ever -- assured that its 40-minute recreation of the 90-minute bombing would indeed be spectacular (in a hyper-edited, Bay sort of way). Unsurprisingly, critics eviscerated the film. But, despite a huge Memorial Day weekend opening and a by other standards large 198 million dollars in U.S. grosses, the public didn't respond to Pearl Harbor, either, and it failed to become the mega-blockbuster it was designed to be.In the next few years, Bay returned to the franchise that made his name, reuniting Will Smith and the errant Martin Lawrence for the predictably profitable (if surprisingly overlong) Bad Boys II. However, venturing outside of his tough-guys comfort zone for the futuristic sci-fi thriller The Island in 2005, Bay experienced his first true flop. The film combined two stars whose ability to open a picture had not yet been tested -- Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson -- and a premise that seemed more Logan's Run than The Matrix. Bay's dystopian, clones-on-the-run vision came and went in America, although it had better staying power in the worldwide market, where its stars had more influence.Bay augmented his career by producing a string of slick, profitable horror remakes (The Hitcher, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and its prequel) as he geared up for a remake of his own, bringing the venerable animated kid's show The Transformers to the big screen in 2007. It was such a box-office behemoth that he would make numerous sequels to the project over the next few years. While those would take up the majority of his directorial duties, Bay continued to work as producer on horror film remakes of classics like Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street.


Highest Rated Movies



37% 6 Underground Producer Director 2019
92% Bumblebee Producer 2018
55% The First Purge Producer 2018
95% A Quiet Place Producer 2018
No Score Yet Becoming Iconic Actor 2018
15% Transformers: The Last Knight Director Executive Producer $130.2M 2017
82% Ouija: Origin of Evil Producer $35M 2016
56% The Purge: Election Year Producer 2016
37% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Producer $82.1M 2016
51% 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi Producer Director $38M 2016
36% Project Almanac Producer 2015
6% Ouija Producer $43.6M 2014
22% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Producer $164M 2014
56% The Purge: Anarchy Producer 2014
18% Transformers: Age of Extinction Executive Producer Director $206.8M 2014
40% The Purge Producer $64.5M 2013
50% Pain & Gain Director Producer $49.4M 2013
33% A Man's Story Actor 2012
35% Transformers: Dark of the Moon Executive Producer Director $352.4M 2011
33% I Am Number Four Producer $55.1M 2011
No Score Yet The Birds Producer 2011
15% A Nightmare on Elm Street Producer $63.2M 2010
20% Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Director Executive Producer $402.1M 2009
33% Horsemen Producer 2009
26% Friday the 13th Producer $65M 2009
10% The Unborn Producer $42.7M 2009
58% Transformers Director Executive Producer $319.1M 2007
20% The Hitcher Producer $16.4M 2007
13% The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning Producer $39.5M 2006
40% The Island Director Producer Screenwriter $35.9M 2005
23% The Amityville Horror Producer $64.3M 2005
37% The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Producer $80.2M 2003
23% Bad Boys II Crappy Car Driver Director $138.4M 2003
24% Pearl Harbor Producer Director $197.8M 2001
23% Coyote Ugly Photographer 2000
60% Mystery Men Frat Boy 1999
38% Armageddon Producer Director Screenwriter 1998
66% The Rock Director 1996
43% Bad Boys Director 1995


42% The Purge
Executive Producer 2019
72% Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan
Executive Producer 2019
83% The Last Ship
Executive Producer Producer 2018
81% Black Sails
Executive Producer Producer 2017
31% The Neighbors
Himself 2014


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