Michael Stipe

Musician, Songwriter, Producer
The frontman and chief co-lyricist for the alternative rock giants R. E.M. for over 30 years, Michael Stipe influenced a generation of musicians and artists with his poetic songs, which included such hits as "Fall On ... Read more »
Born: 01/03/1960 in Decatur, Georgia, USA

Filmography

Music (30)

Blended 2014 (Movie)

("It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)") (Song)

Neighbors 2014 (Movie)

("Everybody Hurts") (Song)

Wild 2014 (Movie)

("Walk Unafraid") (Song)

The Dictator 2012 (Movie)

("Everybody Hurts") (Song)

Wanderlust 2012 (Movie)

("Driver 8") (Song)

He's Just Not That Into You 2009 (Movie)

("Supernatural Superserious") (Song)

Definitely, Maybe 2008 (Movie)

("Stand") (Song)

Marley & Me 2008 (Movie)

("Shiny Happy People") (Song)

Towelhead 2008 (Movie)

("Orange Crush") (Song)

Bewitched 2005 (Movie)

("Everybody Hurts") (Song)

Chicken Little 2005 (Movie)

("It's the End of the World As We Know It") (Song)

Fahrenheit 9/11 2004 (Movie)

("Shiny Happy People") (Song)

Bulletproof Monk 2003 (Movie)

("The Way You Dream") (Song Performer)

Bulletproof Monk 2003 (Movie)

("The Way You Dream") (Song)

Vanilla Sky 2001 (Movie)

songs("All the Right Friends" "Sweetness Follows") (Song)

Blast From the Past 1999 (Movie)

("It's the End of the World As We Know It") (Song)

Bringing Out the Dead 1999 (Movie)

("What's the Frequency Kenneth?") (Song)

Man on the Moon 1999 (Movie)

songs("The Great Beyong" "Man on the Moon") (Song)

Never Been Kissed 1999 (Movie)

("At My Most Beautiful") (Song)

A Night At the Roxbury 1998 (Movie)

("Everybody Hurts") (Song)

Happiness 1998 (Movie)

("Happiness") (Song Performer)

A Life Less Ordinary 1997 (Movie)

("Leave") (Song)

The End of Violence 1997 (Movie)

("Injured Bird") (Song Performer)

The End of Violence 1997 (Movie)

(Song)

Taxicab Confessions 3 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Song

When A Man Loves A Woman 1994 (Movie)

("Everybody Hurts") (Song)

Coneheads 1993 (Movie)

("It's a Free World Baby") (Song)

Singles 1992 (Movie)

("Radio Song") (Song)

Bachelor Party 1984 (Movie)

("Wind Out") (Song)

Strange Invaders 1983 (Movie)

("1,000,000") (Song)
Actor (25)

12-12-12 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Shadow Play: The Making of Anton Corbijn 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Captain Mike Across America 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

In the Sun: Michael Stipe and Special Guests 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Iconoclasts 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Party of Five 1998 - 1999, 2001 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Space Ghost Coast to Coast 1993 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2003 MTV Europe Music Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 2001 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Voice

True Spin 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

1 Giant Leap 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Natalie Merchant 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Olive, the Other Reindeer 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Stand and Be Counted 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1998 VH1 Fashion Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

This Way Up: R.E.M. 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Anthem 1997 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day 1997 (Movie)

Skeeter (Actor)

Road Movie 1996 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Arena Brains 1986 (Movie)

The Watcher (Actor)
Producer (17)

Fourplay 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Fourplay: Tampa 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Me @ the Zoo 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Memorial Day 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Room 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Saved! 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Johnny Berlin 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Sleepy Time Gal 2002 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Thirteen Conversations About One Thing 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Our Song 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Stranger Inside 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Spring Forward 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

American Movie 1999 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Being John Malkovich 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tree Shade 1998 (Movie)

("produced in association with") (Producer)

Velvet Goldmine 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Everyday People (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

The frontman and chief co-lyricist for the alternative rock giants R. E.M. for over 30 years, Michael Stipe influenced a generation of musicians and artists with his poetic songs, which included such hits as "Fall On Me," "The One I Love," "Stand" and "Losing My Religion," as well as his kinetic, androgynous stage presence. He formed the band in the creative cauldron of the Athens, GA music scene of the late 1970s, and with guitarist/co-writer Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills and drummer Bill Berry, helped to create the blueprint for the indie rock scene of the next three decades. Stipe's music and lyrics, at once impenetrable and heartfelt, became gospel for fans and performers alike who followed the band through its breakout years in the late 1980s and shift to major label status, which minted them as true superstars in the early 1990s. Declining sales and the departure of Berry mid-decade began to turn the tide on R.E.M.'s fortunes by the late '90s, during which Stipe developed a second career as a producer on such films as "Being John Malkovich" (1999). Stipe, Buck and Mills soldiered on with the band until 2011, when they parted company while expressing their gratitude to fans who had grown up with and had been inspired by their music and message. For his part, Stipe's best work with R.E.M. represented a freedom of expression and sound that left an indelible imprint on the shape of popular music.

Relationships

Cindy Stipe

Sister

Lynda Stipe

Sister

Jane Pratt

Companion
dated briefly

EDUCATION

University of Georgia

Athens , Georgia
left in 1980 to pursue music full time

Collinsville High School

Collinsville , Illinois

Milestones

2001

Served as executive producer of "13 Conversations About One Thing"; screened at Toronto International Film Festival; shown at 2002 Sundance Film Festival before its US theatrical release

2000

In April, formed Self Timer, a production company that served as parent to both C-00 (C-Hundred) Film and Single Cell Pictures; in June signed three-year, first-look deal with United Artists Films

2000

Co-produced "Our Song", a Crown Heights, Brooklyn-set drama writen, directed and produced by Jim McKay; premiered at Sundance Film Festival

2000

With C-00, produced the drama "Spring Forward", starring Ned Beatty and Liev Schreiber; premiered at the Sundance Film Festival

1999

R.E.M. released the soundtrack to Milos Forman's Andy Kaufman biopic "Man on the Moon", the film named after group's 1992 song tribute to the late comedian

1999

The documentary "This Way Up: R.E.M.", chronicling the band's work on their album "Up", aired on Bravo

1999

Was a producer (with Single Cell) of celebrated music video director Spike Jonze's feature directorial debut "Being John Malkovich"

1999

With C-00, co-produced Chris Smith's acclaimed documentary "American Movie"

1998

Released the photographic documentary book "Two Times Intro: On the Road with Patti Smith"

1998

As part of C-00, produced the Student Academy Award-winning short "Tree Shade", directed by Lisa Collins

1998

Was executive producer of Todd Haynes' glam rock fairy tale "Velvet Goldmine"

1997

Drummer Bill Berry left R.E.M.

1997

Single Cell Pictures signed a two-year development deal with October Films that included a partnership between October and Warner Bros. records for soundtrack album production and distribution

1996

Acted in Christopher Munch's "Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day"; screened at Sundance Film Festival

1994

Single Cell Pictures signed a two-year deal with New Line Cinema; no films actually produced

1991

R.E.M. released "Out of Time", the album featuring the celebrated breakthrough single "Losing My Religion"

1991

Played ice cream man Captain Scrummy in Nickelodeon's comedy special "The Adventures of Pete and Pete: What We Did On Our Summer Vacation"

1989

Major label debut for R.E.M., the platinum selling album "Green", on Warner Bros. Records

1988

R.E.M. signed to major recording deal with Warner Bros.

1988

C-00 took on its first official production with the politically charged video for the R.E.M. single "Talk About the Passion"

1987

First Top Ten charting single for R.E.M. "The One I Love"

1982

R.E.M. released debut EP "Chronic Town"; signed with IRS Records

1981

R.E.M. released first single "Radio Free Europe"

1980

Dropped out of school to pursue music full time; played first live gig

1975

Formed band Bad Habits, while still in high school

While attending the University of Georgia, met musicians Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Bill Berry and formed the band R.E.M.

With partner director Jim McKay formed C-00 (C-Hundred) Films Corp. to produce music videos, documentaries, short films, PSAs and features

Formed the independent film production company Single Cell Pictures

By age eight, was playing the guitar, the accordian and the piano

As a child lived on an army base in Germany

Bonus Trivia

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"I'm really interested in making feature films, and I have the unique advantage, I think in Hollywood, of not wanting to direct or act. And I'm really very motivated by being in the company of creative people. And I think that outside of the stagnant blockbuster Hollywood world, there are probably a lot of people who are trying to get movies made who are really amazing. To me it's like punk rock in '78, it's really exciting." --Stipe on moving into film producing, quoted in US, December 1994.

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Stipe on meeting with potential studio backers for his independent film production project: "Whether or not they knew the music didn't matter. I was a young pop icon who could bring an 'edgy', 'gritty', 'Gen X' feel. The word 'edgy' got thrown around a lot. I've been tagged with 'eccentric' and 'enigmatic' for so long--any E word like that, I automatically send up the red flag." --quoted in Entertainment Weekly, July 14, 1995.

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Answering the assertion that he may be leaving music behind for films: "I'm very happy producing [movies] and helping other people do what they do best, but I feel no need to move into acting or even directing. It's never been a passion of mine, whereas photography and music always have been." --Stipe quoted in Time Out New York, May 7-14, 1998.

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Stipe, in an interview promoting the Independent Film Channel's IndieRocks Film Festival, drawing parallels between the aesthetics of independent film and punk rock: "They're taking something, shattering it and rebuilding it in a new way. Even something like 'Even Cowgirls Get the Blues', which doesn't have much to do with punk rock. But the sheer balls to make a film out of a Tom Robbins book is pretty great." --quoted in Time Out New York, November 4-11, 1999.

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