Fast Facts

  • Has performed as a stand-up comedian.
  • Was denied entrance to the University of Southern California's film school five times.
  • Put on 25 pounds while shooting his Oscar-nominated 2004 documentary Super Size Me, which chronicled his 30-day all-McDonald's diet and its effects.
  • Super Size Me was made for $65,000 out of his own pocket.
  • Made his on-screen acting debut in the 2007 straight-to-video slasher flick Drive Thru, about a fast-food mascot who goes on a killing spree.
  • In 2010, directed The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special -- In 3D! On Ice!
  • His 2010 documentary The Greatest Story Ever Sold examines and was funded by product placement.
  • Host and producer of the CNN series Inside Man, which explores American cultural traditions and examines pressing issues such as marijuana, gun control and immigration.
  • Has traveled to all 50 states.
  • Has a folder that holds every rejection letter he's ever received.


  • 2005, Writers Guild Awards — Documentary Screenplay: Winner
  • 2004, Oscar — Best Documentary (Feature): Nominee
  • 2004, Sundance Film Festival — Directing Award: Documentary: Winner
  • 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Nonfiction Special: Nominee


  • Barry Spurlock — Brother
  • Craig Spurlock — Brother
  • Laken James Spurlock — Son
  • Phyllis Spurlock — Mother
  • Ben Spurlock — Father
  • Sara Bernstein — Wife
  • Alexandra Jamieson — Ex-wife


  • New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, New York, New York, United States (BFA, Kanbar, Film and TV, 1994)


  • Birth Name: Morgan Valentine Spurlock
  • Birth Place: Parkersburg, West Virginia, United States
  • Profession: Director, Producer, Writer