Michael Bay

  • Birth Name: Michael Benjamin Bay
  • Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Profession: Director, Producer, Actor
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  • Worked in a filing job at George Lucas' production company, Lucasfilm Ltd., when he was 15.
  • Began his career making music videos for such artists as Meat Loaf, Donny Osmond and Tina Turner.
  • By the age of 30, had won nearly every major commercial-directing prize for his work for Nike, Coca-Cola, the "Got Milk" campaign and other clients.
  • Made his feature directorial debut in 1995 with the action comedy Bad Boys.
  • Was the youngest director to have his movies make $1 billion worldwide, thanks to blockbusters like The Rock (1996) and Armageddon (1998).
  • Along with producer Scott Gardenhour, cofounded a commercial-production company called the Institute for the Development of Enhanced Perceptual Awareness in 2001.
  • Was one of 23 filmmakers who signed a 2011 letter protesting the movie studios' decision to release movies on video-on-demand during their theatrical run.


  • 2019, Producers Guild Awards — Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: Nominee


  • Lisa Durgen — Ex-significant Other
  • Harriet Bay — Mother
  • Jaime Bergman — Ex-significant Other
  • Jim Bay — Father


  • Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, United States (1986); Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California, United States (1988)

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