Michael Bay

Michael Benjamin Bay ( born February 17, 1965 in Los Angeles, California) is an American film director and film producer, who specializes mainly on action films. In addition, he has devoted himself for some years the production of remakes of well-known horror movies.


Michael Bay grew as his younger sister in the Westwood district of Los Angeles as the adopted child of a child psychologist and an accountant on. At the age of 20 he met his biological mother, his father says that he came from the film industry. Bay reported that his mother had John Frankenheimer named as his father, but deny paternity.

His education completed Bay initially at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. After a rejection in a prestigious film course he studied at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design. Michael Bay began his career in the film business in 1984, after he had turned a parody of a Coke commercial. He first came to prominence as director of music videos for artists such as Aerosmith, Tina Turner, Meat Loaf and the Divinyls a name and was nominated for several MTV awards. In the advertising industry, he directed multiple award -winning clip for prestigious car companies, Californian milk and Levi's.

Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson Bay brought the mid-1990s for the movie Bad Boys - Harte Jungs into the movie business. The action movie starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence was a major box office success and meant for Smith the breakthrough in his career. Bruckheimer and Bay were also with other films such as The Rock - Rocky (1996 ), Armageddon ( 1998) and Pearl Harbor (2001), a team that only The Island ( 2005) Bay filmed without his participation.

With his production company Platinum Dunes, founded in 2003, he has taken on the task to make a film horror classics. He produced, among others, Michael Bay 's Texas Chainsaw Massacre ( 2003), the remake of the horror classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2005 remake of The Amityville Horror and 2006, the prequel The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning and the remake The Hitcher. He also produced the remake of the horror classic A Nightmare on Elm Street ( dt: Nightmare - Elm Street ) from 1984 with Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger; where in the same Remake Jackie Earle Haley takes over the lead role. Other projects include (2008) in planning, including a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's classic The Birds.

In 2007, Bay directed in Transformers, the 2009 Transformers - Revenge of the Fallen Transformers 3 and 2011 was followed by the sequels.

For the live-action adaptation of the computer game series Prince of Persia, which was released in Germany in May 2010, Bay was also planned. This item has been taken over but for lack of time by Mike Newell.


Especially the early Bay movies come with film critics often rejected, especially because Bay's origins as a director of commercials and music videos. So they would neglect the act, increasingly expose the audience visual and auditory stimuli and put too much emphasis on action sequences. Example can be given here of the movie The Rock. The lexicon of international film certified the film " uniform material battles " and a " calculating Video Clip aesthetics, " while criticizing Thomas Groh of the film center " vulgärstmögliches Wissenschaftsbla ", a " sensational story" and "two-dimensional figures ."

Jeanine Basinger is professor of film studies at Wesleyan University, the Bay had met at the age of 18 years. She wrote an essay about Bay and his film Armageddon, which characterizes the early films Bay ( Pearl Harbor, Armageddon, The Rock).

"Armageddon is a perfect example of how Bay his stories with the motto, No Prisoners ' told. In this way he shows confidence in his audience to infer things themselves. One of its strengths is a maximum flawless representations, which blends the inevitable pseudo-science behind the movies. Yes, because the audience has to process a lot. Yes, it easily switches from place to place, person to person and event to event. But it is never confusing, never boring and nothing less than a brilliant blend of what to do films: Telling a good story, describe characters through active events evoke an emotional response from the audience and entertain simply and directly, with no great claim. "

Bay was nominated for the films Armageddon and Pearl Harbor for the Razzie as Worst Director and initially looked calmly to the accusations:

"I make movies for teenage boys. Oh dear, what a crime. "


Film Director

Music Video Director


  • 2003: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre ( The Texas Chainsaw Massacre )
  • 2005: The Amityville Horror - A True Story ( The Amityville Horror)
  • 2006: Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
  • 2007: The Hitcher
  • 2009: Friday the 13th ( Friday the 13th )
  • 2009: The Unborn
  • 2009: Horsemen
  • 2010: A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • 2011: I Am Number 4 (I Am Number Four)
  • 2013: The Purge - The purging (The Purge )