- 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.
- Lisa Durgen — Ex-significant Other
- Harriet Bay — Mother
- Jim Bay — Father
- Jaime Bergman — Ex-significant Other
- Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, United States (1986); Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California, United States (1988)