Michael Bay. biography
Michael Benjamin Bay was born on February 17, 1965, in Los Angeles, California, and first entered the film scene as George Lucas’ intern at the age of 15.
One of his tasks was to organize the storyboards for Raiders of the Lost Ark, which he considered a big bore. The fact that the film was a huge commercial hit blindsided the young film enthusiast and officially activated his dream of becoming a legendary film director.
Michael started on his path to greatness studying film at Pasadena’s prestigious Art Center College of Design before landing a job directing music videos and advertisements at Propaganda Films. While there, Michael established himself as an up and coming director with his award-winning Got Milk campaign and critically acclaimed advertisements for Coca Cola, Nike, Reebok and Budweiser, all of which resulted in the 25-year-old Michael taking home the Directors Guild of America’s Award for Commercial Director of the Year.
In 1995, Michael teamed up with famed producer Jerry Bruckheimer to make his directorial debut in action comedy Bad Boys. Starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, the film was a commercial success, grossing in $141 million compared to the $19 million it cost to complete it.
Further strengthening his relationship with Bruckheimer and the action genre, Michael directed The Rock (1996) followed by Armageddon (1998), which starred Ben Affleck, Billy Bob Thornton, Bruce Willis and Liv Tyler. The film brought in $36 million in its first week and went on to gross more than $553 million worldwide in addition to earning four Oscar nominations at the 71st Academy Awards.
In 2001, Michael earned four more Oscar nods for his work on the war film Pearl Harbor prior to reuniting with Martin Lawrence and Will Smith in Bad Boys 2 (2003), which grossed over $273 million around the world.
After directing the commercially success sci-fi thriller The Island (2005), Michael joined forces with Steven Spielberg to produce and direct the action film Transformers (2007). The film was first released through preview screenings, which brought in $8.8 million, before grossing $27.8 million in its first official release day. The film went on to earn over $155 million in its first week and has since grossed more than $708 million worldwide.
Despite receiving negative reviews from movie critics, Michael’s follow-up effort in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) resulted in the film earning over $832 million around the world and becoming one of 2009’s highest-grossing films in part of a young, loyal audience. But, true triumph came when the franchise’s third film Transformers: Dark of the Moon brought in worldwide sales of more than $1 billion, making it the world’s fifth-highest grossing film.
Aside from directing, Michael has produced many successful projects such as the horror flicks The Amityville Horror (2005), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006), Friday the 13th (2009) and A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010). He also produced the sci-fi drama I Am Number Four (2011), the documentary Above and Beyond: Exploring Dark of the Moon (2012), the sci-fi thriller The Purge (2013) and the adventure comedy Ninja Turtles (2014).
Michael’s most recent directorial projects include, the dramedy Pain & Gain (2013) starring Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg, Untitled Transformers Sequel (2014) with Mark Wahlberg, and the rumored action thriller Bad Boys 3 (unknown release date).