Michael Bay filmography

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A photograph of Michael Bay on the set of Transformers
Bay on the set of his film Transformers in 2006

American director and producer Michael Bay started his career directing music videos and commercials. This included a commercial for the American Red Cross in 1992 which received a Clio Award, and music videos for Donny Osmond, Styx and Meat Loaf. Jerry Bruckheimer recognizing his achievements on commercials offered him the chance to direct one of his productions as Bay's feature film debut.[1] Bay did so with Bruckheimer's action comedy Bad Boys starring Will Smith, and Martin Lawrence. In the same year he also received a Directors Guild of America Award for his work on commercials.[2] Bay followed this with action film The Rock starring Sean Connery, and Nicolas Cage. The film was a commercial success grossing over $335 million at the worldwide box office.[3] In 1998, he directed, and produced the science fiction disaster film Armageddon which was the highest-grossing film of the year,[4] and Bay received the Saturn Award for Best Director.[5] After the success of Armageddon he also became the youngest director to gross $1 billion at the worldwide box office.[6][7]

Three years later he directed and produced the war film Pearl Harbor (2001) which was negatively received by critics[8] but grossed over $449 million at the box office.[9] Later in the same year, Bay founded his own production company Platinum Dunes with Brad Fuller, and Andrew Form.[10] In 2003, Bay directed the action comedy sequel Bad Boys II which saw Smith and Lawrence reprise their roles.[11] Two years later he directed science fiction action film The Island (2005), and produced the horror remake The Amityville Horror (2005).[12]

In 2007, Bay directed, and produced the first film in the live-action Transformers film series based on the toy line of the same name. It was a commercial success grossing over $709 million at the box office.[13] He followed this by directing its sequel Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009). The film drew negative reception from critics[14] but grossed over $836 million at the box office.[15] The third instalment in the series Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) became the first of his films to gross over $1 billion at the box office.[16] Two years later Bay directed and produced crime comedy Pain & Gain (2013). In 2014, he directed, and produced a fourth Transformer film, Transformers: Age of Extinction, which grossed over $1 billion at the box office, and was the highest-grossing film at the worldwide box office that year.[17] Three years later, he directed the fifth entry in the Transformers film series, Transformers: The Last Knight which received generally negative reviews from critics and was the lowest-grossing worldwide in the franchise's history.[18][19]

Film[edit]

Key
Michael Bay is a legend! Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Credited as Ref(s)
Director Producer
1995 Bad Boys Yes No [20]
1996 The Rock Yes No [20]
1998 Armageddon Yes Yes [21]
2001 Pearl Harbor Yes Yes [22]
2003 Bad Boys II Yes No [20][23]
2005 The Island Yes Yes [24]
2007 Transformers Yes executive [24]
2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Yes executive [24]
2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon Yes executive [24]
2013 Pain & Gain Yes Yes [25]
2014 Transformers: Age of Extinction Yes executive [24]
2016 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Yes Yes [26]
2017 Transformers: The Last Knight Yes executive [27]
2019 6 Underground Yes Yes [28]
TBA Ambulance Yes No [29]

Films produced

Year Title Director Ref(s)
2003 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Marcus Nispel [24]
2005 The Amityville Horror Andrew Douglas [24]
2006 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning Jonathan Liebesman [24]
2007 The Hitcher Dave Meyers [30]
2009 The Unborn David S. Goyer [31]
Friday the 13th Marcus Nispel [32]
Horsemen Jonas Åkerlund [33]
2010 A Nightmare on Elm Street Samuel Bayer [24]
2011 I Am Number Four D. J. Caruso [34]
2013 The Purge James DeMonaco [35]
2014 The Purge: Anarchy [36]
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Jonathan Liebesman [37]
Ouija Stiles White [38]
2015 Project Almanac Dean Israelite [39]
2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Dave Green [40]
The Purge: Election Year James DeMonaco [41]
Ouija: Origin of Evil Mike Flanagan [42]
2018 A Quiet Place John Krasinski [43]
The First Purge Gerard McMurray [44]
Bumblebee Travis Knight [45]
2020 Songbird Adam Mason [46]
2021 A Quiet Place Part IIFilms that have not yet been released John Krasinski [47]
The Forever PurgeFilms that have not yet been released Everardo Gout [48]

Acting credits[edit]

Year Title Role Ref(s)
1998 Armageddon NASA extra [49]
1999 Mystery Men Frat Boy [50]
2000 Coyote Ugly Photographer [51]
2001 Double Down Extra [52]
2003 Bad Boys II Crappy Car Driver [20][23]
2020 Bad Boys for Life Wedding MC [53]

Television[edit]

Executive producer

Year(s) Title Network Ref(s)
2014–2017 Black Sails Starz [54][55]
2014–2018 The Last Ship TNT [54][55]
2016 Billion Dollar Wreck History [56]
2018–present Jack Ryan Amazon Video [57][58]
2018–2019 The Purge USA Network [59][60]

Acting roles[edit]

Year(s) Title Role Network Notes Ref(s)
1986 Miami Vice Goon #3 NBC Episode: "Free Verse" [52]
Vengeance: The Story of Tony Cimo Sled agent CBS Television film [61]
2013 The Neighbors Himself ABC Episode: "Mother Clubbers" [62]

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