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: 04/22/1954 in Flint, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Actor (40)

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

Interviewee

Children of the Revolution 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

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

Actor

Conan 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

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)

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
Writer (9)

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)
Director (9)

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)
Producer (8)

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

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

2002

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

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

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

1995

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

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

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

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

1986

Started production company, Dog Eat Dog Films

1986

Fired from Mother Jones for refusing to run a particular article

1986

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

1985

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

1976

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

1976

Founded a crisis intervention center

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

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

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

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

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"

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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"The thing that has surprised me the most is that people whom you would consider fellow travelers in the left-of-center political end of the spectrum are usually the ones who will attack you the most. Like, where's our Bob Dole? Who's our barracuda who's gonna fight for US? Now that I'm doing interviews for 'TV Nation' people have been asking me to describe myself politically. My politics come from Flint, Michigan, from my family, who are workers. Whatever I believe in and care about was formed in that kind of upbringing. As far as dealing with success on a personal level, I've done that by maintaining the same friends and relationships I've had for the past decade or two. You know, I'm still in the same relationship I was in thirteen years ago." - Michael Moore quoted in "The Moore, the Merrier" by Karen Duffy, Interview, September 1994

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"Why is it that during this time of great economic recovery, families are being evicted, and 68 percent of the kids in the Flint school district are still eligible for federal lunch programs, which means they live below the poverty level? On the surface things look good, but if you peel back the layers, personal bankruptcies are at an all-time high, there are 40 million people without health care. The one-third who are doing really well right now are doing it on the backs of the other two-thirds, and that's the story which is not being written." - Moore quoted in the The Boston Globe, April 5, 1998

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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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"All they did was give more publicity for the film and made more people aware of it. The great thing about our fellow Americans, no matter what their political stripe is, they don't like being told that they can't see something as an adult. This just doesn't go over very well." - Michael Moore, on initial efforts to block distribution of his documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 to People, July 6, 2004

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"People who criticize him for not being a traditional documentary filmmaker are missing the point. He's not trying to be the New York Times. He's an entertainer and a provocateur." - New York Times cultural columnist Frank Rich on Michael Moore as quoted in Rolling Stone, Aug. 25, 2004

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"Three years ago I was booed off the Oscar for daring to suggest that we were being led to war for fictitious reasons," Moore said, recalling the night in 2003 when he accepted the Oscar for his documentary Bowling For Columbine and made headlines with an anti-war outburst that ended with the proclamation "Shame on you! Shame on you!" directed at President Bush. Moore said that today "70% of the country agrees with [that sentiment]. They don't support Bush or the war. I am now in the mainstream majority, which is weird; I don't sit out on the edge, I sit here." - Moore quoted in Time magazine, June 20, 2007

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