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.
- 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."
- 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."
- Having completed _Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)_ (qv), he has hinted that he may take a break from documentary filmmaking and that his next project will be a feature film. He's written two screenplays he'd like to get made, a comedy and a thriller.
- Though born in Flint, it is not actually his hometown. He grew up 10 miles east of Flint in Davison, which doesn't have a hospital.
- It was announced on March 13, 2002 his book "Stupid White Men...and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation", had reached #1 on the New York Times non-fiction list.
- Briefly served as both editor and columnist for Mother Jones magazine.
- Another of his favorite films is also his favorite documentary, _Hearts and Minds (1974)_ (qv).
- 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.