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: 01/04/1960 in Decatur, Georgia, USA


Music (34)

Zootopia 2016 (Movie)

("Everybody Hurts") (Song)

10,000 Saints 2015 (Movie)

("Fall On Me") (Song)

7 Chinese Brothers 2015 (Movie)

("Seven Chinese Brothers") (Song)

The End of the Tour 2015 (Movie)

("New Orleans Instrumental No.1") (Song)

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)

Bulletproof Monk 2003 (Movie)

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

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)


The End of Violence 1997 (Movie)

("Injured Bird") (Song Performer)

Taxicab Confessions 3 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)


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)


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


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


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


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


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


True Spin 2001 - 2004 (Tv Show)


The Simpsons 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)


1 Giant Leap 2001 (Movie)


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


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


Stand and Be Counted 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


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


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


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)


Johnny Berlin 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Sleepy Time Gal 2002 (Movie)


Thirteen Conversations About One Thing 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Our Song 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Stranger Inside 2001 (Movie)


Spring Forward 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

American Movie 1999 (Movie)


Being John Malkovich 1999 (Movie)


Tree Shade 1998 (Movie)

("produced in association with") (Producer)

Velvet Goldmine 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Everyday People (TV Show)

Executive 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 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.


Jane Pratt

dated briefly

Cindy Stipe


Lynda Stipe



University of Georgia

Athens, Georgia
left in 1980 to pursue music full time

Collinsville High School

Collinsville, Illinois



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Drummer Bill Berry left R.E.M.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Formed band Bad Habits, while still in high school

As a child lived on an army base in Germany

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

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

Formed the independent film production company Single Cell Pictures

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