Apr. 23rd, 1954
Flint, Michigan, USA
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Michael Moore was born in Flint, Michigan April 23, 1954. He studied journalism at the University of Michigan-Flint, and also pursued other hobbies such as gun shooting, for which he even won a competition. Michael began his journalistic career writing for the school newspaper "The Michigan Times," and after dropping out of college briefly worked as editor for "Mother Jones."
He then turned to filmmaking, and to earn the money for the budget of his first film Roger & Me (1989) he ran neighborhood bingo games. The success of this film launched his career as one of America's best-known and most controversial documentarians. He has produced a string of documentary films and TV series predominantly about the same subject: attacks on corrupt politicians and greedy business corporations. He landed his first big hit with Bowling for Columbine (2002) about the bad points of the right to bear arms in America, which earned him an Oscar and a big reputation. He then shook the world with his even bigger hit Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004), making fun of President George W. Bush. This is the highest-grossing documentary of all time. Michael is known for having the guts to give his opinion in public, which not many people are courageous enough to do, and for that is respected by many.
- After the box office failure of _Canadian Bacon (1995)_ (qv), a very depressed Moore briefly contemplated early retirement. However, famous producer rep 'John Pierson (I)' (qv) and filmmaker 'Kevin Smith (I)' (qv) changed Moore's mind and gave him inspiration during Pierson's "Spike, Mike, Slackers and Dykes" book tour. Smith could identify with Moore's grief, having just experienced the box office failure of _Mallrats (1995)_ (qv).
- (May 2004) His movie _Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)_ (qv) was shown at the Cannes Film festival, making it the most sought-after movie there.
- Elected to Davison, Michigan board of education at age 18; this is described and elaborated upon in chapter 5 "Idiot Nation" in his book "Stupid White Men."
- Senator 'John McCain (I)' (qv) referred to him as a "disingenuous filmmaker" during his speech at the 2004 Republican National Convention. Moore, who was present at the convention in the press area, stood and waved both arms at the crowd, which started chanting "four more years!" Moore then flashed a sign language L (for "loser") at the crowd and, according to "The Guardian" newspaper, said, "Two more months!"
- On the day after his infamous "Oscar Backlash", where he attacked both 'George W. Bush' (qv) and the Iraq war, attendance for his movie _Bowling for Columbine (2002)_ (qv) went up 110%. The following weekend, the box office for the film was up 73%.
- Attended the University of Michigan-Flint in the 1970s.
- Was arrested during filming of the video "Sleep Now In The Fire" by 'Rage Against the Machine' (qv), protesting Wall Street and the investment of American money overseas (i.e. in hostile and Communist countries). The filming also shut down the New York Stock Exchange early that day when band members tried to enter the floor uninvited.