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      Michael Moore

      Michael Moore

      Highest Rated: 100% Roger & Me (1989)

      Lowest Rated: 12% Canadian Bacon (1995)

      Birthday: Apr 23, 1954

      Birthplace: Flint, Michigan, USA

      Beginning in 1989 with the critically acclaimed "Roger & Me," documentarian Michael Moore lampooned, lambasted and laid into some of America's most pressing and controversial issues and figures, from gun culture to President Donald Trump, in such fire-breathing features as the Oscar-winning "Bowling for Columbine" (2002), "Fahrenheit 9/11" (2004) and "Fahrenheit 11/9" (2018). Born Michael Francis Moore on April 23, 1954 in Flint, Michigan, he hailed from a family of automotive industry workers: both of his parents and grandfather worked for General Motors when the carmaker helped to provide the financial backbone for the Midwestern city, and an uncle was a founding member of the United Automobile Workers union. Moore's interest in political and social issues took root as a student at Davidson High School, where he parlayed his talents in drama and debate into a seat on the Davidson school board while he was just 18 years of age. He attended he University of Michigan-Flint for a year but dropped out to focus on a career in journalism; at 22, he founded an alternative newspaper, The Flint Voice (later The Michigan Voice) before taking the reins as editor at the long-running liberal publication Mother Jones in 1986. His tenure there proved short-lived: according to some sources, Moore was fired after four months for refusing to print an article about the Sandinista movement in Nicarauga, while Moore himself opined that his termination was due to the publisher's refusal to run a story about the General Motors' plant closings in Flint. Moore sued the company for wrongful dismissal and accepted a $58,000 out-of-court settlement, which gave him the seed money to start work on a documentary about the fate of his hometown. "Roger & Me" (1989) examined the impact of the GM plant closures on the citizens of Flint, and Moore's own attempt to address the situation with GM chairman and CEO Roger Smith. Though criticized for perceived manipulation of the timeline of events that led to Flint's downfall, Moore's approach - part social activist, part standup comic - proved popular with audiences, and was soon followed by a documentary television series, "TV Nation" (NBC/Fox, 1994-1995) and a foray into comedy features with the satirical "Canadian Bacon" (1995), about a U.S. President (Alan Alda) who attempts to boost his popularity by waging war with Canada. But documentaries proved to be his most successful showcase, and between 1997 and 2017, Moore tackled some of the biggest political and social issues in the world, from America's fascination with guns in "Bowling for Columbine" and the country's efforts in the war on terror in "Fahrenheit 9/11." "Sicko" (2007) focused on the American health care system, while "Capitalism: A Love Story" (2009), examined the state of the U.S. economy in the first decade of the new millennium. The ascension of real estate mogul Donald Trump to the Presidency of the United States became the focus of two of Moore's documentaries, "Michael Moore in TrumpLand" (2016), a concert film of sorts concerning Moore's live appearance at a theater in Ohio, and "Fahrenheit 11/9," which looked at Trump's rise to power. "Columbine" and "9/11" - both of which topped, at separate times, the list of highest grossing feature documentaries - proved to be the most popular of these, with the former winning the 2002 Oscar for Best Documentary feature and the latter capturing the Palme d'Or at Cannes. Others, like "TrumpLand," received mixed reviews, and a foray into live theater, "The Terms of My Surrender," was only a modest success, but his efforts as an author, which encompassed eight books, including Downsize This! (1996) and the autobiographical Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life (2011), were consistent best-sellers.

      Highest rated movies

      This Divided State poster
      This Divided State
      Captain Mike Across America poster
      Captain Mike Across America
      Lucky Numbers poster
      Lucky Numbers

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      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 2020: The Dumpster Fire Self - 2021
      65% 65% Planet of the Humans Executive Producer - 2019
      93% 79% The Eyes of Orson Welles Executive Producer $10.1K 2018
      82% 61% Fahrenheit 11/9 Self,
      Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      $6.3M 2018
      54% 45% Michael Moore in TrumpLand Self,
      Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      $149.1K 2016
      60% 34% Roseanne for President! Self $3.7K 2015
      79% 77% Where to Invade Next Self,
      Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      $3.8M 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What Is Cinema? Unknown (Character) - 2013
      74% 74% Capitalism: A Love Story Self,
      Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $14.4M 2009
      No Score Yet 21% Shooting Michael Moore Unknown (Character) - 2008
      29% 35% Captain Mike Across America Unknown (Character),
      Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      - 2007
      91% 87% Sicko Self,
      Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      $24.5M 2007
      83% 84% This Divided State Unknown (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 70% The Fever Reporter (Character) - 2004
      82% 70% Fahrenheit 9/11 Narrator,
      Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      $119.1M 2004
      85% 67% The Yes Men Self $199.0K 2003
      95% 83% Bowling for Columbine Self,
      Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      $21.2M 2002
      22% 19% Lucky Numbers Walter (Character) $10.0M 2000
      92% 68% The Big One Director,
      Writer
      $713.7K 1997
      12% 52% Canadian Bacon Director,
      Producer
      $133.7K 1995
      100% 79% Roger & Me Self,
      Director,
      Producer
      $6.3M 1989

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 66% Real Time With Bill Maher Guest 2010-2013 2016-2020 2022
      No Score Yet 26% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2021
      No Score Yet 49% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2016-2020
      No Score Yet 49% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2015 2017-2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Firing Line With Margaret Hoover Guest 2020
      No Score Yet 87% Finding Your Roots Guest 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Michael Moore's TV Nation Host 2018
      No Score Yet 8% The View Guest 2016-2018
      No Score Yet 87% Conan Guest 2011
      No Score Yet 20% Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2010-2011
      No Score Yet 100% The Colbert Report Unknown (Character),
      Guest
      2007 2009 2011
      No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2009
      31% No Score Yet The Jay Leno Show Guest 2009
      No Score Yet 100% The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2000 2002-2004 2007
      No Score Yet 75% The Simpsons Himself (Guest Voice) 2003
      No Score Yet 87% Mad About You Himself (Guest Star) 1997