Apr. 23rd, 1954
Flint, Michigan, USA
5' 11 1/2
Michael Moore's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2009 - Capitalism: A Love Story
2007 - Manufacturing Dissent
2007 - Sicko
2004 - Michael Moore Hates America
2003 - The Corporation
2003 - The Yes Men
2002 - Bowling for Columbine
2000 - Lucky Numbers
1999 - EDtv
1995 - Canadian Bacon
1989 - Roger & Me
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Host
Himself - Director (segment "Michael Moore")
Himself - Guest
Himself - Guest
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).
- Is a card-carrying member of the National Rifle Association. Moore told 'Tim Russert' (qv) that he joined so as to be elected its president and then dismantle the organization.
- While the press tried to pit Moore and his _Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)_ (qv) against 'Mel Gibson (I)' (qv) and his _The Passion of the Christ (2004)_ (qv) against each other as the representation of "blue" and "red" states in the election year of 2004, the two men get along well personally and find their opposition to be an invention of the press. Actually Moore, a practicing Catholic, loved "Passion" and saw it many times and Gibson, who opposed the invasion of Iraq despite his conservative reputation, greatly enjoyed "Fahrenheit."
- Early in _Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)_ (qv) a celebrity-filled rally for 'Al Gore (I)' (qv) is shown and Moore (in his narration) refers to 'Ben Affleck' (qv), "Little Stevie" Wonder, and "the guy from _Taxi Driver (1976)_ (qv)," that "guy" being 'Robert De Niro' (qv). This was perhaps a bit of joke because _Taxi Driver (1976)_ (qv) is Moore's favorite film and De Niro is one of the actors Moore respects the most.
- Supported 'Ralph Nader (I)' (qv) in the 2000 presidential elections.
- Has a daughter, Natalie.
- 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.