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Michael Bay

Michael Bay
Michael Bay, February 7, 2008
Born Michael Benjamin Bay
(1965-02-17) February 17, 1965
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Education Art Center College of Design
Alma mater Wesleyan University
Occupation Filmmaker, camera operator, actor, director
Years active 1986–present
Notable work Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, Transformers film series
Relatives Leonard Nimoy (cousin-in-law; deceased)
Website .com.michaelbaywww

Michael Benjamin Bay (born February 17, 1965)[1] is an American filmmaker. He is known for directing big-budget action films characterized by fast edits, stylistic visuals and extreme use of special effects.[2][3] His films, which include the science fiction disaster thriller Armageddon (1998), the epic war film Pearl Harbor (2001) and the science fiction action films in the Transformers film series (2007–present), have grossed over US$5 billion worldwide.[4] He is co-founder of commercial production house The Institute, a.k.a. The Institute for the Development of Enhanced Perceptual Awareness.[5] He is co-chair and part-owner of the digital effects house Digital Domain.[6] He co-owns Platinum Dunes, a production house which has remade horror movies including The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), The Amityville Horror (2005), The Hitcher (2007), Friday the 13th (2009) and A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010).[7]

Despite his considerable success at the international box office, Bay has received mixed to negative reviews for his work from film critics. While his films such as The Rock, The Island, Pain & Gain, and Transformers received mildly positive reviews by critics and audiences, his three sequels in the Transformers film series were panned by critics, as were Pearl Harbor, the Bad Boys films, and Armageddon.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Production and effects companies 3
    • Platinum Dunes 3.1
    • Digital Domain 3.2
    • The Institute 3.3
    • 451 Media Group 3.4
  • Personal life 4
  • Filmography 5
  • Frequent collaborators 6
    • Actors/actresses 6.1
  • Criticism 7
  • Accolades 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

Early life

Michael Bay was born in Los Angeles, California. He was raised by his adoptive parents Harriet, a bookstore owner/child psychiatrist, and Jim, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).[8] He was raised Jewish.[9] His grandfather was from Russia.[10] His cousin, Susan Bay, is the widow of the late Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy (whom he eventually cast as the voice actor for Sentinel Prime in Transformers: Dark of the Moon).[11] He attended the exclusive Crossroads School, in Santa Monica, California.[12] Bay often traces his interest in action films back to an incident during his childhood. As a boy, he attached some firecrackers to a toy train and filmed the ensuing fiery disaster with his mother's 8 millimeter camera. The fire department was called and he was grounded.[13]


Bay got his start in the film industry interning with storyboards for Raiders of the Lost Ark, which he thought was going to be terrible. His opinion changed after seeing it in the theater and he was so impressed by the experience that he decided to become a film director.[14] He graduated from Wesleyan University in 1986, majoring in both English and Film.[15][16] He was a member of the Psi Upsilon fraternity and a favorite student of film historian Jeanine Basinger.[17] For his graduate work, he attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena where he also studied film.[18]

Michael Bay began working at Propaganda Films, directing commercials and music videos, two weeks after finishing his post-graduate degree.[18] His 90-second World War II-inspired Coca-Cola advertisement was picked up by Capitol Records. His first national commercial for the Red Cross won a Clio Award in 1992.[19][20] He directed Goodby, Silverstein & Partners Got Milk? advertisement campaign for the California Milk Processors Board in 1993.[21]

Bay's success in music videos gained the attention of producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson, who selected him to direct his first feature-length film, Bad Boys. The film was shot in Miami in 1994 and starred Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. The action film proved to be a break-out role for Smith, who was segueing from television to films at that time. Shooting in Miami was a good experience for Bay who would later own a home in the city and spend a great deal of time there.[22] The film was completed for $19 million and grossed a remarkable $141 million at the box office in the summer of 1995.[23] Bay's success led to a strong partnership and friendship with Jerry Bruckheimer.[24]

His follow-up film, The Rock (1996), was an action movie set on Alcatraz Island, and in the San Francisco Bay area. It starred Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage and Ed Harris. It was also produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson, the latter of whom died five months before the film's release. The film is dedicated to him.[25] Connery and Cage won 'Best On-Screen Duo' at the MTV Movie Awards in 1997 and the film was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Achievement in Sound category for the work of Greg P. Russell, Kevin O'Connell, and Keith A. Wester.[26][27]

Michael Bay on the set of Transformers

In 1998, Bay collaborated with Jerry Bruckheimer again, this time as a co-producer, as well as directing the action-adventure film Armageddon.[28][29] The film, about a group of tough oil drillers who are sent by NASA to deflect an asteroid away from a collision course with Earth, starred Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler. It was nominated for 4 Oscars at the 71st Academy Awards including Best Sound, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing, and Best Original Song.[30] The film earned 9.6 million dollars on its opening day and a total of 36.5 million through the first weekend.[31] The production budget, $140 million, was one of the highest of the summer of 1998. Armageddon went on to gross over $553 million worldwide.[32]

In 2001, Bay directed Pearl Harbor. It starred Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale and Cuba Gooding, Jr. The film was released on Memorial Day weekend in 2001. Again, Bay produced the film with Jerry Bruckheimer. The film received four Academy Award nominations, including Best Sound, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing and Best Song. Again, Kevin O'Connell received another nomination for Best Sound, but he did not win. Pearl Harbor won in the category for Sound Editing, making it Bay's first (and, to date, only) film to win an Oscar.[33] Michael Bay also directed the music video for nominated track "There You'll Be" by vocal artist Faith Hill.[18]

Bay reteamed with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence for Bad Boys II, a sequel which also marked Bay's fifth collaboration with Jerry Bruckheimer. The film grossed $138 million domestically, enough to cover the production budget, and $273 million worldwide, almost twice as much as the first movie. In 2005, Bay directed The Island, a science-fiction film starring Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson. It was the first film Michael Bay made without Jerry Bruckheimer. The Island cost $126 million to produce. It earned $46 million domestically and $172 million worldwide. Bay stated that he was not comfortable with the domestic marketing campaign as it confused the audience as to the true subject of the film.[34]

Bay filming Transformers: Age of Extinction; actresses Abigail Klein, Melanie Specht and Victoria Summer are walking in a corridor.

In 2007, he directed and teamed up with Steven Spielberg to produce Transformers, a live action film based on the Transformers franchise. The film was released in the U.S. and Canada on July 3, 2007, with 8 p.m. preview screenings on July 2. The previews earned $8.8 million, and in its first day of general release it grossed $27.8 million, a record for Tuesday box office attendance. It broke the record held by Spider-Man 2 for the biggest July 4 gross, making $29 million. On its opening weekend, Transformers grossed $70.5 million, amounting to a $155.4 million opening week, giving it the record for the biggest opening week for a non-sequel. As of November 2007, the film has made over $319 million domestically and over $708 million worldwide. Bay returned as director and executive producer for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, which was released on June 24, 2009 and went on to gross over $832 million worldwide. Although it received mostly negative reviews by critics,[35] including aggressively critical reviews by American film critics such as Roger Ebert,[36] Michael Phillips[37] and David Denby (who referred to Bay as "stunningly, almost viciously, untalented"),[38] the film was well received by its intended audience and was one of the highest-grossing films of 2009.[39][40] In 2010, it earned seven Golden Raspberry Award nominations and winning three: Worst Picture, Worst Director and Worst Screenplay.[41] It was also one of the best selling DVD and Blu-ray Discs of 2009, second only to Twilight in DVD format and the number one of all time in Blu-ray format until it was surpassed by Blu-ray sales of James Cameron's Avatar in April 2010.[42][43][44] Bay directed Transformers: Dark of the Moon, released on June 28, 2011.[45] His next film was a "small" film he had been developing for years, called Pain & Gain.[46] The true crime story, based on events described in a Miami Herald article[47] written by Pete Collins, concerns a group of bumbling bodybuilders working together to commit a robbery.[48]

Bay produced DreamWorks' I Am Number Four, based on a series of novels by Pittacus Lore published by HarperCollins Children's Books. D. J. Caruso (Eagle Eye, Disturbia) directed.[49][50] Bay will co-produce One Way Out, a reality series that pits ordinary people against each other as they try to keep their pasts hidden and builds toward a showdown where all those secrets will be revealed.[51]

Gideon's Sword, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's novel set for release in February 2011, was optioned by Bay Films and will be produced by Michael Bay. The main character, Gideon Crew, avenges the death of his father.[52][53] On February 13, 2012, Paramount Pictures announced that Bay would produce and direct a fourth Transformers movie. The film, titled Transformers: Age of Extinction, was released in June 2014.[54] Bay will team up with Warner Bros. to direct a live action of Ghost Recon, based on the video game series.[55]

Production and effects companies

Platinum Dunes

Bay founded this production house with fellow producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form in 2001.[56] Platinum Dunes is named after one of Bay's first student films at Wesleyan University. Brad Fuller also graduated from Wesleyan and worked for Bay as an executive assistant before joining him in this business venture. The company's first film, a remake of the 1974 film The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, grossed $107 million worldwide.[57] Platinum Dunes produced lucrative remakes of classic horror films and introduced new directors like Sam Bayer and Marcus Nispel to feature film audiences. Their most recent horror film production, A Nightmare on Elm Street starring Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger, was released April 2010. The film made 32.9 million dollars in its opening weekend, covering nearly its entire 35 million dollar budget and went on to gross over 100 million dollars worldwide.[58]

Paramount Pictures signed a first look deal with Platinum Dunes in 2009.[59] As part of this new relationship, Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon brought the Platinum Dunes producers on to produce the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, rebooting the film series launched by New Line in 1990. Bay, Fuller and Form co-produced with Galen Walker, Scott Mednick and Marina Norman and are working on the sequel for a June 3, 2016 release date.[60][61][62]

Platinum Dunes is currently in the process of selling an unnamed TV series to a "major cable network" with Bay in talks to direct the pilot.[63]

Digital Domain

Bay and Wyndcrest Holdings, a Florida-based investment firm, acquired the digital effects company Digital Domain from James Cameron and Stan Winston in 1996, infusing the struggling business with a $50 million investment.[6] Digital Domain considered an initial public offering in 2009 but ultimately withdrew the offer, because of the lack of interest. Currently a work for hire visual effects production house, Digital Domain plans to expand its efforts in the video gaming industry and become a full-fledged motion picture production house. Headquartered in Venice, Los Angeles, California, the company is also working to open branches in Vancouver, Canada and the state of Florida.[64]

The Institute

After leaving Propaganda Films, Bay and producer Scott Gardenhour, also formerly at Propaganda, formed The Institute for the Development of Enhanced Perceptual Awareness[65] (now known as The Institute), to produce commercials and other projects. Through The Institute, Bay has directed and produced spots for Victoria's Secret, Lexus, Budweiser, Reebok, Mercedes-Benz, and Nike. His most recent advertisement for Victoria Secret was the 2009 "A Thousand Fantasies" holiday campaign.[66]

451 Media Group

Bay co-founded 451 Media Group with Doug Nunes (who serves as CEO), and with John and Anthony Gentile, who previously marketed brands such as

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Year Award Category Film Result
1995 MTV Movie Award Best Action Sequence Bad Boys Nominated
1996 Best Movie The Rock Nominated
Best Action Sequence Nominated
ShoWest Convention Award Favorite Movie of the Year Won
Saturn Award Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film Nominated
1998 Award of the Japanese Academy Best Foreign Film Armageddon Nominated
Golden Raspberry Award Worst Director Nominated
Worst Picture Nominated
MTV Movie Award Best Movie Nominated
Best Action Sequence Won
Saturn Award Best Director Won
Best Science Fiction Film Shared with Alex Proyas for Dark City Won
2001 DVD Exclusive Award Best New, Enhanced or Reconstructed Movie Scenes Pearl Harbor Nominated
Best Overall New Extra Features Nominated
Golden Trailer Award Best Action Film Nominated
Huabiao Film Award Outstanding Translated Foreign Film Won
MTV Movie Award Best Action Sequence Won
Golden Raspberry Award Worst Director Nominated
Worst Picture Nominated
Teen Choice Award Best Drama/Action Adventure Movie Won
2003 Image Award Outstanding Motion Picture Bad Boys II Nominated
MTV Movie Award Best Action Sequence Nominated
2005 Saturn Award Best Science Fiction Film The Island Nominated
Teen Choice Award Choice Summer Movie: Action Adventure Nominated
2007 Empire Award Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Transformers Nominated
Kid's Choice Award Favorite Movie Nominated
MTV Movie Award Best Movie Won
Best Summer Movie You Haven't Seen Yet Won
National Movie Award Best Action/Adventure Movie Nominated
Saturn Award Best Science Fiction Film Nominated
2009 Kid's Choice Award Favorite Movie Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Nominated
Golden Raspberry Award Worst Director Won
Worst Picture Won
Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel Nominated
Saturn Award Best Science Fiction Film Nominated
Scream Award Best Sequel Won
Teen Choice Award Choice Summer Movie: Action Adventure Nominated
SFX Award Best Director Nominated
Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Award Obviously Worst Film Won
2011 Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award Sequel or Remake That Shouldn’t Have Been Made Transformers: Dark of the Moon Nominated
Evening Standard British Film Award Blockbuster of the Year Nominated
Golden Raspberry Award Worst Director Nominated
Worst Picture Nominated
People's Choice Award Favorite Movie Nominated
Favorite Action Movie Nominated
Scream Award Best 3-D Movie Won
Best F/X Nominated
Best Science Fiction Movie Nominated
Holy Sh*t Scene of the Year Nominated
Teen Choice Award Choice Summer Movie Nominated
Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Award Obviously Worst Film Won
2014 Golden Raspberry Award Worst Director Transformers: Age of Extinction Won
Worst Picture Nominated
Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel Nominated

In 2011 Bay was honored at the Transformers Hall of Fame for directing the Transformers live-action films.[89]

Bay received the ShoWest 2009 Vanguard Award for excellence in filmmaking at the confab of theater owners.[88]

Bay has received five MTV Movie Awards: Best Movie and Best Summer Movie You Haven't Seen Yet for Transformers and Best Action Sequence for Pearl Harbor, Bad Boys II and The Rock. In 1994, Bay was honored by the Directors Guild of America with an award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials.[87]


Year Film Rotten Tomatoes
1995 Bad Boys 43%[76]
1996 The Rock 66%[77]
1998 Armageddon 39%[78]
2001 Pearl Harbor 25%[79]
2003 Bad Boys II 23%[80]
2005 The Island 40%[81]
2007 Transformers 57%[82]
2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 19%[83]
2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon 36%[84]
2013 Pain & Gain 50%[85]
2014 Transformers: Age of Extinction 18%[86]
Average 38%

Despite his box office success, Bay has found little critical praise. The 2004 puppet film Team America: World Police directed by Matt Stone and Trey Parker (creators of South Park) features a song titled "The End of an Act", which bashes Bay and Pearl Harbor.[74] Bay has been unaffected by his critics, saying "I make movies for teenage boys. Oh, dear, what a crime."[75]


Actors Bad Boys
The Rock
Pearl Harbor
Bad Boys II
The Island
Revenge of the Fallen

Dark of the Moon

Pain & Gain
Age of Extinction

Kim Coates
Vic Manni
Michael Taliferro
Stanley Anderson
Billy Devlin
Anthony Guidera
Ed Harris
Dwight Hicks
Marshall R. Teague
Tony Todd
Ben Affleck
Peter Stormare
Steve Buscemi
Michael Clarke Duncan
Chris Ellis
William Fichtner
Steven Ford
Shawnee Smith
Glenn Morshower
Michael Shannon
Jon Voight
Megan Fox
Brian Stepanek
Shia LaBeouf
John Turturro
Kevin Dunn
Hugo Weaving
Peter Cullen
Robert Foxworth
Ken Jeong
Mark Wahlberg


Frequent collaborators

Title Release date Producers Writers Studio Budget Box office
Bad Boys April 7, 1995 Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson Michael Barrie, George Gallo Columbia Pictures $19 million $141.4 million
The Rock July 7, 1996 David Weisberg, Douglas S. Cook and Mark Rosner Hollywood Pictures
Buena Vista Pictures
$75 million $335.1 million
Armageddon July 1, 1998 Jerry Bruckheimer and Gale Anne Hurd Tony Gilroy, Shane Salerno, Jonathan Hensleigh, J. J. Abrams and Robert Roy Pool Touchstone Pictures
Buena Vista Pictures
$140 million $553.7 million
Pearl Harbor May 25, 2001 Jerry Bruckheimer Randall Wallace $449.2 million
Bad Boys II July 18, 2003 Ron Shelton, Jerry Stahl, Cormac Wibberley, Marianne Wibberley and Ron Shelton Columbia Pictures $130 million $273.3 million
The Island July 22, 2005 Ian Bryce and Walter F. Parkes Caspian Tredwell-Owen, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci DreamWorks Pictures
Warner Bros.
$126 million $162.9 million
Transformers July 3, 2007 Don Murphy, Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and John Rogers DreamWorks Pictures
Paramount Pictures
$150 million $709.7 million
Revenge of the Fallen
June 24, 2009 Ehren Kruger, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci $200 million $836.3 million
Dark of the Moon
June 29, 2011 Ehren Kruger Paramount Pictures $195 million $1.124 billion
Pain & Gain April 26, 2013 Donald De Line and Ian Bryce Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely $26 million $96.2 million
Age of Extinction
June 27, 2014 Don Murphy, Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce Ehren Kruger $210 million $1.104 billion
13 Hours:
The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
January 15, 2016 Erwin Stoff Chuck Hogan
Pokémon October 2017 J. J. Abrams Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci Colombia Pictures


Bay lives in Los Angeles and Miami with his two bullmastiffs, Bonecrusher and Grace, named for characters in Transformers and Armageddon, respectively. As a boy, he donated his Bar Mitzvah money to an animal shelter and often includes his bullmastiff dogs in his films.Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Mason, his first bullmastiff, was named for John Patrick Mason, played by Sean Connery in The Rock.[71] Bay previously had another dog, Mason, whose final appearance in a film was as Miles' dog in Transformers. Mason died during production of that film in March 2007.[72][73]

Personal life


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