After launching his career as an award-winning commercial and music video director, MICHAEL BAY quickly emerged as one of Hollywood’s boldest and most bankable feature film directors. Characterized by his aggressive visual style and high-octane action sequences that have become his cinematic signature, the films that Bay has directed and produced via his two production companies have grossed $5.5 billion worldwide.
His directing resume includes the films “Bad Boys” and “Bad Boys 2,” both starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence; “The Rock” starring Nicolas Cage and Sean Connery; “Armageddon” starring Ben Affleck and Bruce Willis; “Pearl Harbor” starring Affleck, Josh Hartnett and Kate Beckinsale; “The Island” starring Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson; as well as three “Transformers” blockbusters starring Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and John Turturro. The franchise has grossed over $2.4 billion; the latest installment, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” is the 5th highest grossing movie of all time.
Bay’s next film is the dark comedy “Pain and Gain,” a true story starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson as bodybuilding halfwits in late-90s Miami, who take on a criminal enterprise of kidnaping, extortion and murder in pursuit of the American Dream. It will be released April 26, 2013. He is in pre-production on a fourth “Transformers” film, to be released in summer 2014.
Bay also has three television shows in production, and is producing four additional films. He is the founder and principal partner of Platinum Dunes, a production company originally conceived to give talented commercial and video directors a chance to break into the feature world.
A graduate of Wesleyan University and Art Center College of Design, Bay has won virtually every major award in the commercial industry, including Cannes’ Golden Lion, the Grand Prix Clio, and the Directors Guild of America’s Commercial Director of the Year award. His “Got Milk?” campaign resides in the permanent collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art. An L.A. native, he now resides in Miami, Florida.