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      Michael Bay

      Michael Bay

      Highest Rated: 96% A Quiet Place (2018)

      Lowest Rated: 6% Ouija (2014)

      Birthday: Feb 17, 1965

      Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

      Ever since he emerged from an incredibly successful commercial and music video career, director Michael Bay made some of the biggest, loudest and highest-grossing movies of all time. While he certainly made a lot of money for his studio bosses, Bay earned considerable scorn from critics and other detractors, who deplored his testosterone-fueled action vehicles that were full of incessantly moving camerawork and frenetic editing, as well as short on story and three dimensional characters. Bay first made waves in the commercial world with his CLIO-winning "Got Milk?" ad campaign, while helping to reinvigorating the music career of artists like Donny Osmond with high-end music video work. But he made his biggest splash - which included a healthy amount of criticism - with his first movie, "Bad Boys" (1995), which featured tons of car chases, snappy one-liners and flying bullets. He followed his successful Hollywood entrée with "The Rock" (1996), a high-octane action thriller that had as many fans as it did critics. Bay was roundly criticized for the impossible-to-believe "Armageddon" (1998), which centered around a space shuttle landing on an asteroid hurtling toward Earth, while his take on "Pearl Harbor" (2001) drew fire for its lazy accounting of historical events and overly sappy love story. Despite his detractors, Bay's movies were big box office earners until he made "The Island" (2005), which not only became his first flop, but also generated a lawsuit for allegedly ripping off the plot of an obscure 1976 movie. Bay bounced back, however, with "Transformers" (2007), a highly-successful and positively received adaptation the 1980s cartoon that spawned several sequels and retained Bay's title as being one of Hollywood's biggest hit makers.

      Highest rated movies

      32% A Man's Story

      Photos

      Michael Bay TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, DIRECTOR MICHAEL BAY, ON SET, 2017. PH: ANDREW COOPER/© PARAMOUNT PICTURES TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, DIRECTOR MICHAEL BAY, ON SET, 2017. PH: ANDREW COOPER/© PARAMOUNT PICTURES Director/Executive Producer Michael Bay on the set of TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, from Paramount Pictures. BAD BOYS 2, Director Michael Bay on the set, 2003 (c) Columbia THE HITCHER, producer Michael Bay, on set, 2007. ©Rogue Pictures BAD BOYS 2, Martin Lawrence, director Michael Bay, Will Smith on the set, 2003, (c) Columbia THE HITCHER, producer Michael Bay, on set, 2007. ©Rogue Pictures PEARL HARBOR, Michael Bay, 2001, (c) Buena Vista PAIN & GAIN, from left: director Michael Bay, Mark Wahlberg, on set, 2013. ph: Robert Zuckerman//©Paramount PEARL HARBOR, Michael Bay, Director, 2001 THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, Producer Michael Bay, director Marcus Nispel on the set, 2003, (c) New Line THE ISLAND, Scarlett Johansson, Ewan McGregor, director Michael Bay on set, 2005, (c) DreamWorks TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, FROM LEFT: JOSH DUHAMEL, DIRECTOR MICHAEL BAY, ON SET, 2017. PH: ANDREW COOPER/© PARAMOUNT PICTURES Left to right: Mark Wahlberg and Director/Executive Producer Michael Bay on the set of TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, from Paramount Pictures. Left to right (center): Josh Duhamel and Director/Executive Producer Michael Bay on the set of TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, from Paramount Pictures. Left to right: Director/Executive Producer Michael Bay and Isabela Moner on the set of TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, from Paramount Pictures. TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, from left: director Michael Bay, Nicola Peltz, on set, 2014. ph: Andrew Cooper/©Paramount Pictures TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, from left: director Michael Bay, Mark Wahlberg, on set, 2014. ph: Andrew Cooper/©Paramount Pictures TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, DIRECTOR MICHAEL BAY, ON SET, 2017. PH: ANDREW COOPER/© PARAMOUNT PICTURES

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Transformers One Producer - 2024
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Quiet Place: Day One Producer - 2024
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Apartment 7A Producer - 2024
      52% 91% Transformers: Rise of the Beasts Producer $156.7M 2023
      67% 88% Ambulance Director,
      Producer
      $22.3M 2022
      49% 78% The Forever Purge Producer $44.5M 2021
      91% 92% A Quiet Place Part II Producer $160.2M 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Robopocalypse Director - 2021
      9% 32% Songbird Producer - 2020
      36% 60% 6 Underground Director,
      Producer
      - 2019
      90% 75% Bumblebee Producer $127.2M 2018
      50% 99% Becoming Iconic Self - 2018
      56% 27% The First Purge Producer $68.9M 2018
      96% 83% A Quiet Place Producer $68.4M 2018
      16% 43% Transformers: The Last Knight Director,
      Executive Producer
      $130.1M 2017
      83% 57% Ouija: Origin of Evil Producer $34.9M 2016
      55% 48% The Purge: Election Year Producer $79.0M 2016
      38% 47% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Producer $82.0M 2016
      52% 82% 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Director,
      Producer
      $52.8M 2016
      38% 45% Project Almanac Producer $22.3M 2015
      6% 24% Ouija Producer $50.8M 2014
      21% 50% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Producer $191.2M 2014
      58% 56% The Purge: Anarchy Producer $71.5M 2014
      18% 50% Transformers: Age of Extinction Director,
      Executive Producer
      $245.4M 2014
      50% 47% Pain & Gain Director,
      Producer
      $49.9M 2013
      41% 36% The Purge Producer - 2013
      35% 55% Transformers: Dark of the Moon Director,
      Executive Producer
      $352.4M 2011
      33% 57% I Am Number Four Producer $55.1M 2011
      32% 40% A Man's Story Unknown (Character) - 2010
      14% 43% A Nightmare on Elm Street Producer $63.1M 2010
      20% 57% Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Director,
      Executive Producer
      $402.1M 2009
      17% 25% Horsemen Producer - 2009
      25% 47% Friday the 13th Producer $65.0M 2009
      10% 30% The Unborn Producer $42.6M 2009
      57% 85% Transformers Director,
      Executive Producer
      $319.0M 2007
      19% 52% The Hitcher Producer $16.4M 2007
      15% 53% The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning Producer $39.5M 2006
      40% 63% The Island Director $35.8M 2005
      24% 52% The Amityville Horror Producer $64.3M 2005
      37% 58% The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Producer $80.1M 2003
      24% 78% Bad Boys II Director $138.4M 2003
      24% 66% Pearl Harbor Director,
      Producer
      $198.5M 2001
      43% 73% Armageddon Director,
      Producer
      $201.6M 1998
      67% 85% The Rock Director $134.1M 1996
      44% 78% Bad Boys Director $63.9M 1995

      TV

      Credit
      78% 73% Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan Executive Producer 2018-2019 2022-2023
      42% 72% The Purge Executive Producer 2018-2019
      83% 68% The Last Ship Executive Producer 2014-2018
      81% 83% Black Sails Executive Producer 2014-2017
      31% 82% The Neighbors Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet On the Lot Judge 2007