| $ 200 Million
Director and producer
$ 200 Million
- Birthday17th Feb, 65
- Birth PlaceUnited States
- Marital statusSingle
Michael Benjamin Bay more popularly known as Michael Bay is an award winning producer, director known worldwide for his action flicks with a dash of exotic special effects. Michael Bay is one of the founding members of the commercial production house ‘ The Institute for the Development of Enhanced Perceptual Awareness’ and includes popular movies including The Rock, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, The Bad Boys and Transformers series under his umbrella. Apart from being a popular producer, director, Michael Bay has also acted in a number of his movies including roles in Bad Boys II, Armageddon, Coyote Ugly and Mystery men. Michael Bay has the distinction of working with some of the most well known Hollywood stars including the likes of Will Smith and Bruce Willis.
Michael Bay is considered to be barometer for financial and critical success for all the young, new age directors and producers with an estimated net worth of $400 Million. Michael Bay also holds an envious track record as a producer with most of his movies grossing well over $1 billion at the worldwide box office. Michael Bay co-founded a production company named Platinum Dunes with partners, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, remaking horror films grossing very handsome returns from the box-office. Their recent horror film titled 'A Nightmare on Elm' earned $32.9 million just in the opening weekend and went on to earn over $ 100 million worldwide. The success of his most recent Transformer series has been so unprecedented that he not only holds partial rights for the movie but also got a deal of a fixed percentage from merchandise sales and box office receipts. The Transformers earnings alone are responsible for pushing his earnings from the $200 million to almost double at $400 Million.
Commercially and critically acclaimed director Michael Bay also holds the rare feat of being one on list of 50 Greatest Commercials Directors of all time. Apart from his brilliant cinematic career Michael Bay is well known for his love for animals especially dogs. Michael currently lives in Miami and has two Bullmastiff dogs as companions. Such has been his love for dogs that he named characters in his popular movies Transformers and Armageddon on his two dogs named Bonecrusher and Grace. Not only does Michael shoot’s his dogs for various scenes in his movies, as a young adult he donated his entire Bar Mitzvah ceremonial money to an animal shelter.
Michael Bay was born and raised in Los Angeles California by his adoptive parents. Shooting a coke commercial as a student project lured Michael Bay to the world of series advertising and filmmaking. Although Michael Bay’s career has been a dream run his personal life remains a mystery. Bay has claimed on a number of occasions that he was the illegitimate child of a popular director of the 1970s and was given up for adoption at birth. He later claimed to be the biological son of director John Frankenheimer who denied the claim and a DNA test returned negative. Michael Bay meanwhile has been associated with Playboy centerfold model Jaime Bergman as well as Cara Michelle in the past but is currently single and lives in Miami Florida with his two dogs.
I allow a lot of room for improvisation and funny stuff. I always feel planned.
I make movies that audiences like, that I'd want to see. That's all.
Everybody knows about Pearl Harbor. The thing that really fascinated me is that through this tragedy there was this amazing American heroism.
I can be very reserved about things. My business side isn't shy. I can be like a general. But I've got a shy side. I'm also a lot deeper than people think, and a lot more sensitive. But I don't let people in too much.'
I look at directing as a sporting event. It's a race, a marathon. It's great when it clicks, which is why I push my crews so hard so we can excel.
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His film, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen earned seven Golden Raspberry Award nominations and winning three: Worst Picture, Worst Director and Worst Screenplay. It was also one of the best selling DVD and Blu-ray Discs of 2009, second only to Twilight in DVD format and the number one of all time in Blu-ray format until it was surpassed by Blu-ray sales of James Camerons Avatar in April 2010.
He received a post-graduate degree in Film at Pasadenas Art Center College of Design in California.
His first national commercial for the Red Cross won a Clio Award in 1992.
He is known for directing high-budget action films characterized by their fast edits, stylistic visuals and substantial practical special effects.
He considers himself an old school director, preferring analog over digital, both in shooting on film stock and keeping CGI shots to a minimum, staging practical action and stunts whenever possible.