Michael Bay


17 Feb 1965


Los Angeles, California, USA


Michael Benjamin Bay


A graduate of Wesleyan University, Michael Bay spent his 20s working on advertisements and music videos. His first projects after film school were in the music video business. He created music videos for Tina Turner, Meat Loaf, Lionel Richie, Wilson Phillips, Donny Osmond and The Divinyls. His work won him recognition and a number of MTV award nominations. He also filmed advertisements for Nike, Reebok, Coca-Cola, Budweiser and Miller Lite. He won the Grand Prix Clio for Commercial of the Year for his "Got Milk/Aaron Burr" commercial. At Cannes, he has won the Gold Lion for The Best Beer campaign for Miller Lite, as well as the Silver for "Got Milk". In 1995, Bay was honored by the Directors Guild of America as Commercial Director of the Year. That same year, he also directed his first feature film, Bad Boys (1995), starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, which grossed more than $160 million, worldwide. His follow-up film, The Rock (1996), starring Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage, was also hugely successful, making Bay the director du jour.

Actor ( 28 credits )

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) Truck Passenger (uncredited)
The Neighbors (2012)  Michael Bay (1 episode, 2013)
Undead Noise (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Kenny Powers: The K-Swiss MFCEO (2011) Himself
A Man's Story (2010) Himself
The Buried Life (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Transformers (2007) Guy Flicked by Megatron (uncredited)
Xposé (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
On the Lot (2007)  Himself - Judge (1 episode, 2007)
News Zero (2006)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2012)
Attack of the Show! (2005)  Himself - Director, Transformers: Dark of the Moon (1
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself (2 episodes, 2013-2014)
Omg! Insider (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Bad Boys II (2003) Crappy Car Driver
Shootout (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Zigs (2001) Extra
Coyote Ugly (2000) Photographer
Mystery Men (1999) Frat Boy
The Directors (1999)  Himself (1 episode)
Armageddon (1998) NASA Scientist (uncredited)
Franky Goes to Hollywood (1998) Himself
Mundo VIP (1996)  Himself (2 episodes, 1996-2001)
Movie Magic (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 1996)
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself (3 episodes, 2003-2007)
Días de cine (1991)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Miami Vice (1984)  Goon #3 (1 episode, 1986)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (12 episodes, 2007-2014)

Producer ( 38 credits )

Bad Boys 4 (2019) producer
Transformers 7 (2019) executive producer
Transformers 6 (2018) producer
Friday the 13th (2017) producer
Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) executive producer
Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) producer
The Purge: Election Year (2016) producer
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) executive producer
13 Hours (2016) producer
Billion Dollar Wreck (2016) executive producer (9 episodes, 2016)
Project Almanac (2015) producer
Ouija (2014) producer
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) producer
The Purge: Anarchy (2014) producer
Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) executive producer
The Last Ship (2014) executive producer (7 episodes, 2014)
Black Sails (2014) executive producer (8 episodes, 2014)
The Purge (2013) producer
Pain & Gain (2013) producer
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) executive producer
I Am Number Four (2011) producer
A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) producer
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) executive producer
Horsemen (2009) producer
Friday the 13th (2009) producer
The Unborn (2009) producer
Transformers (2007) executive producer
The Hitcher (2007) producer
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006) producer
The Island (2005) producer
The Amityville Horror (2005) producer
In the Blink of an Eye (2005) consulting producer
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) producer
Pearl Harbor (2001) producer
Armageddon (1998) producer
Bumblebee (0) producer
Jack Ryan (0) executive producer
The Purge 4 (0) producer

Director ( 14 credits )

Bad Boys for Life (2018) (rumored)
Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)
13 Hours (2016)
Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)
Pain & Gain (2013)
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
Transformers (2007)
The Island (2005)
Bad Boys II (2003)
Pearl Harbor (2001)
Armageddon (1998)
The Rock (1996)
Bad Boys (1995)

Michael Bay Related News

Autobot Drift Gets an Upgrade in Latest Transformers 5 Photo

Director Michael Bay reveals the returning Autobot Drift from Transformers: The Last Knight, while Santiago Cabrera joins the cast.

Transformers 5 Video & Photos Bring Explosions & a Runaway Subway Car

Director Michael Bay shares two new images from the set of Transformers: The Last Knight, while a video of Isabela Moner has surfaced.

Transformers 5 Set Video Shows Off Big Highway Explosion

Michael Bay is seen giving direction before an explosive highway scene unfolds on the set on of Transformers: The Last Knight.