Michael Moore

Producer, Director, Screenwriter
A gadfly to some; a godsend to others, documentary filmmaker Michael Moore succeeded in ticking off the right and galvanizing the left with his controversial, yet highly entertaining documentaries. Whether he was ... Read more »
Born: 04/23/1954 in Flint, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Actor (43)

Real Time with Bill Maher 2002 - 2004, 2008 - 2013, 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2000s: A New Reality 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Interviewee

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Where to Invade Next 2015 (Movie)

(Himself)

Children of the Revolution 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Roseanne for President! 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

Capitalism: A Love Story 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Jay Leno Show 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 13th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Manufacturing Dissent 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Sicko 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Al Franken: God Spoke 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Captain Mike Across America 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Politics: A Pop Culture History 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 10th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

This Divided State 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

VH1 Big In '04 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Fahrenheit 9/11 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Mad About You 1996 - 1997, 2002 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mouthing Off: 51 Greatest Smartasses 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

On the Record With Bob Costas 2002 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Orwell Rolls in His Grave 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

TV Nation 1993 - 2000, 2002 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2004 ESPY Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Awful Truth 1993 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Corporation 2004 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

Party's Over 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Simpsons 2003 (Tv Show)

Voice

Bowling for Columbine 2002 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Lucky Numbers 2000 (Movie)

Walter (Actor)

The Private Public 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Whale Rescue: Stranded Friends 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Insider 1999 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Trade Off 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Big One 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Canadian Bacon 1995 (Movie)

Buffalo Joe (Actor)

TV Nation: Year-in-Review Special 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Rock the Vote 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Blood in the Face 1991 (Movie)

Interviewer (Actor)

Roger & Me 1989 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Fever (TV Show)

Actor
Director (10)

Where to Invade Next 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Capitalism: A Love Story 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Sicko 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Captain Mike Across America 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Fahrenheit 9/11 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Bowling for Columbine 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

The Big One 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Canadian Bacon 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Pets or Meat 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Roger & Me 1989 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (10)

Where to Invade Next 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Capitalism: A Love Story 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sicko 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Captain Mike Across America 2006 (Movie)

(Writer)

Fahrenheit 9/11 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bowling for Columbine 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Big One 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Canadian Bacon 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Pets or Meat 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Roger & Me 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (9)

Where to Invade Next 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Capitalism: A Love Story 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sicko 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Fahrenheit 9/11 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bowling for Columbine 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Big One 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Canadian Bacon 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Pets or Meat 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

Roger & Me 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

A gadfly to some; a godsend to others, documentary filmmaker Michael Moore succeeded in ticking off the right and galvanizing the left with his controversial, yet highly entertaining documentaries. Whether he was skewering a president taking a nation to war under false pretenses, challenging the violent nature of American culture or exposing a w fully dismal health care system in the wealthiest country on Earth, Moore managed to spark both enlightened conversation and frothing vitriol with his movies. Though often accused of misrepresenting facts to fit a preconceived notion - something that surfaced with his first film "Roger & Me" (1989), and stuck to him like gum on a sh throughout his career - Moore nonetheless wielded a mighty sword against the powers-that-be. But even in moments of high honor and box office success - namely winning the Best Documentary Oscar for "Bowling for Columbine" (2002) and breaking box office records for "Fahrenheit 9/11" (2004) - Moore had a knack for raising the hackles of his enemies, using over-the-top controversy as a means of marketing his most important product - himself.

Relationships

Kathleen Glynn

Wife
Born c. 1958 producer on Moore's "TV Nation" (NBC), as well as producer or executive producer on subsequent projects

Frank Moore

Father

Veronica Moore

Mother
Died in July 2002

Natalie Moore

Daughter
Born c. 1982 mother, Kathleen Glynn

EDUCATION

University of Michigan

Flint , Michigan 1976
Wrote for the student newspaper The Michigan Times; founded alternative school newspaper, The Flint Voice

St Paul's Seminary

Saginaw , Michigan
Left in second year after deciding he was not suited for priesthood

Milestones

2007

Helmed the documentry, "Sicko," a film about the health care system in America; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature

2004

Directed the documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11," which takes a highly critical look at the Bush administration and the White House after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks; received top honors at the Cannes Film Festival

2002

Examined American's gun culture in the award-winning documentary "Bowling for Columbine"

2002

Published "Stupid White Men ...and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation!" which became a New York Times Bestseller

2002

Signed a $3 million book deal with Time Warner Book Group

2000

Had acting role in Nora Ephron's "Lucky Numbers"

1999

Appeared in cameo role in Ron Howard's "EdTV"

1999

Executive produced and appeared in the newsmagazine "The Awful Truth"; made for Britain's Channel 4 and aired in the USA on Bravo

1998

Directed documentary satire of corporate America, "The Big One"

1995

Feature fiction writing-directing debut, the disappointing "Canadian Bacon", John Candy's last film

1995

"TV Nation" revived by Fox TV for the summer season

1994

Served as creator, executive producer, director, writer and correspondent for NBC's "TV Nation", an irreverent, opinionated, magazine show; aired during the summer

1992

TV debut, directing and appearing in a segment of "Rock the Vote", a Fox variety special designed to get young people to register to vote

1992

Produced, directed, scripted and appeared in the documentary short "Pets or Meat: The Return to Flint", a sequel to "Roger and Me"

1991

Wrote the forward to Ben Hamper's well-reviewed collection of essays, "Rivethead: Tales from the Assemblyline"

1989

Paid an estimated $3 million by Warner Bros for the acquisition of "Roger and Me", including $25,000 for homeless families affected by the closing of General Motors

1989

Feature debut as producer, director, screenwriter, on-screen interviewer, and narrator of "Roger and Me", a darkly humorous documentary

1986

Appointed executive editor of Mother Jones, one of the largest circulation political magazines in the USA

1986

Fired from Mother Jones for refusing to run a particular article

1986

Started production company, Dog Eat Dog Films

1985

Appeared as a commentator on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered"

1976

Founded a crisis intervention center

1976

At age 22, founded and edited an alternative newspaper The Flint Voice (later The Michigan Voice)

1972

Became one of the first 18-year-olds in the country elected to public office when he won a seat on his local school board

Spent three years preparing his filmmaking debut, "Roger and Me"; budgeted at $260,000

Worked as a principal interviewer and production coordinator on "Blood in the Face" (originally titled "Right Thinking"), a documentary feature about modern white supremacist organization directed by Anne Bohlen, Kevin Rafferty, and James Ridgeway (releas

Was producer and host of a weekly radio show, "Radio Free Flint"

Wrote and executive produced the CBS comedy pilot "Better Days" (filmed in 1998), starring James Belushi and Chris Elliott as laid off Wisconsin auto workers

Won a "modest" settlement in his wrongful discharge suit againt Mother Jones

Bonus Trivia

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Michael Moore stands 6'3".

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Moore has published articles in The Columbia Journalism Review, Newsday, The Nation, Los Angeles Times and Detroit Free Press.

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His website address is www.michaelmoore.com

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Among Moore's other targets was literary agent Lucianne Goldberg who was involved in the Monica Lewinsky-Linda Tripp-Bill Clinton scandal. Moore created a website (www.iseelucy.com) which pointed a camera at Goldberg's NYC apartment. In retaliation, she put up signs espousing support of tabloid publications like The National Enquirer and The Star.

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Moore on the irony of NBC, a subsidiary of General Motors, allowing him to have his own anti-Establishment, left-leaning TV show: "It's been proven over 40 years of TV that networks will put on anything if they believe it'll get an audience." - Moore quoted in Entertainment Weekly, July 15, 1994

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About his not pulling punches to please the 'suits': "Look, I didn't have any of this till I was 35 years old. I enjoyed my life back in Flint a great deal. I could go back to doing what I was doing and be very happy. Once you truly believe that, they can never have you. They can never own you, and they know that." - Moore quoted in the New York Post, April 7, 1998

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