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Michael Francis Moore
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Director; screenwriter; producer; actor
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Michael Moore Fast Facts:
Briefly enrolled in a Roman Catholic seminary when he was 14.
At 18, became one of the youngest publicly elected officials in U.S. history when he won a seat on the Flint, MI, school board.
In 1976, founded both a crisis-intervention center and an alternative newspaper,
The Flint Voice
, which later became
The Michigan Voice
Started his own production company, Dog Eat Dog Films, in 1986; three years later, made his feature-film debut with the acclaimed documentary
Roger and Me
In the mid-'90s, created the series
, an irreverent newsmagazine for which Moore served as writer, director and correspondent; it ran for a few episodes on NBC in 1994, then was briefly revived by Fox the following year.
Returned to the public eye in 2002 with
Bowling for Columbine
, an examination of gun-control laws in the wake of the 1999 Columbine High School shootings.
Courted controversy with 2004's
, which criticized the Bush administration's policies following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks; it became the highest-grossing documentary ever, taking in nearly $120 million in the U.S. alone.
Ran afoul of the U.S. Treasury Department over a possible trade-embargo violation when he traveled to Cuba to shoot scenes for
(2007), a biting critique of the American health-care system.
Has written several politically oriented books, including
Downsize This! Random Threats from an Unarmed American
Stupid White Men...and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation!
Dude, Where's My Country?
Took a critical look at the late-2000s financial crisis with
Capitalism: A Love Story
Michael Moore Relationships:
Kathleen Glynn - Wife
Veronica Moore - Mother
Anna - Sister
Veronica - Sister
Frank Moore - Father
Natalie Moore - Stepdaughter
Michael Moore Awards:
2003 Australian Film Institute Awards: Best Foreign Film - Nominee
2003 César Awards: Best Foreign Film - Winner
1995 Emmy: Outstanding Informational Series - Winner
2007 Oscar: Best Documentary (Feature) - Nominee
2002 Oscar: Best Documentary (Feature) - Winner
2004 Cannes Film Festival: Palme d'Or - Winner
1989 Toronto International Film Festival: People's Choice Award - Winner
1999 Emmy: Outstanding Nonfiction Series - Nominee
1996 Emmy: Outstanding Informational Series - Nominee
2001 Emmy: Outstanding Non-Fiction Program (Reality) - Nominee
Attended University of Michigan, Flint, MI
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