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Also Known As: Michael Francis Moore Died:
Born: April 23, 1954 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Flint, Michigan, USA Profession: director, screenwriter, producer, journalist, interviewer, radio commentator, print editor, school board member, bingo emcee

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Beginning in 1989 with the critically acclaimed "Roger & Me," documentarian Michael Moore lampooned, lambasted and laid into some of America's most pressing and controversial issues and figures, from gun culture to President Donald Trump, in such fire-breathing features as the Oscar-winning "Bowling for Columbine" (2002), "Fahrenheit 9/11" (2004) and "Fahrenheit 11/9" (2018). Born Michael Francis Moore on April 23, 1954 in Flint, Michigan, he hailed from a family of automotive industry workers: both of his parents and grandfather worked for General Motors when the carmaker helped to provide the financial backbone for the Midwestern city, and an uncle was a founding member of the United Automobile Workers union. Moore's interest in political and social issues took root as a student at Davidson High School, where he parlayed his talents in drama and debate into a seat on the Davidson school board while he was just 18 years of age. He attended he University of Michigan-Flint for a year but dropped out to focus on a career in journalism; at 22, he founded an alternative newspaper, The Flint Voice (later The Michigan Voice) before taking the reins as editor at the long-running liberal publication Mother...

Beginning in 1989 with the critically acclaimed "Roger & Me," documentarian Michael Moore lampooned, lambasted and laid into some of America's most pressing and controversial issues and figures, from gun culture to President Donald Trump, in such fire-breathing features as the Oscar-winning "Bowling for Columbine" (2002), "Fahrenheit 9/11" (2004) and "Fahrenheit 11/9" (2018). Born Michael Francis Moore on April 23, 1954 in Flint, Michigan, he hailed from a family of automotive industry workers: both of his parents and grandfather worked for General Motors when the carmaker helped to provide the financial backbone for the Midwestern city, and an uncle was a founding member of the United Automobile Workers union. Moore's interest in political and social issues took root as a student at Davidson High School, where he parlayed his talents in drama and debate into a seat on the Davidson school board while he was just 18 years of age. He attended he University of Michigan-Flint for a year but dropped out to focus on a career in journalism; at 22, he founded an alternative newspaper, The Flint Voice (later The Michigan Voice) before taking the reins as editor at the long-running liberal publication Mother Jones in 1986. His tenure there proved short-lived: according to some sources, Moore was fired after four months for refusing to print an article about the Sandinista movement in Nicarauga, while Moore himself opined that his termination was due to the publisher's refusal to run a story about the General Motors' plant closings in Flint. Moore sued the company for wrongful dismissal and accepted a $58,000 out-of-court settlement, which gave him the seed money to start work on a documentary about the fate of his hometown. "Roger & Me" (1989) examined the impact of the GM plant closures on the citizens of Flint, and Moore's own attempt to address the situation with GM chairman and CEO Roger Smith. Though criticized for perceived manipulation of the timeline of events that led to Flint's downfall, Moore's approach - part social activist, part standup comic - proved popular with audiences, and was soon followed by a documentary television series, "TV Nation" (NBC/Fox, 1994-1995) and a foray into comedy features with the satirical "Canadian Bacon" (1995), about a U.S. President (Alan Alda) who attempts to boost his popularity by waging war with Canada. But documentaries proved to be his most successful showcase, and between 1997 and 2017, Moore tackled some of the biggest political and social issues in the world, from America's fascination with guns in "Bowling for Columbine" and the country's efforts in the war on terror in "Fahrenheit 9/11." "Sicko" (2007) focused on the American health care system, while "Capitalism: A Love Story" (2009), examined the state of the U.S. economy in the first decade of the new millennium. The ascension of real estate mogul Donald Trump to the Presidency of the United States became the focus of two of Moore's documentaries, "Michael Moore in TrumpLand" (2016), a concert film of sorts concerning Moore's live appearance at a theater in Ohio, and "Fahrenheit 11/9," which looked at Trump's rise to power. "Columbine" and "9/11" - both of which topped, at separate times, the list of highest grossing feature documentaries - proved to be the most popular of these, with the former winning the 2002 Oscar for Best Documentary feature and the latter capturing the Palme d'Or at Cannes. Others, like "TrumpLand," received mixed reviews, and a foray into live theater, "The Terms of My Surrender," was only a modest success, but his efforts as an author, which encompassed eight books, including Downsize This! (1996) and the autobiographical Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life (2011), were consistent best-sellers.

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  Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) Director
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  Big One, The (1997) Director
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  Canadian Bacon (1995) Director
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  Pets or Meat (1992) Director
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  Roger & Me (1989) Director

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 Sicko (2007)
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 Fever, The (2007)
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 Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
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 Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) Himself
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1998:
Wrote and executive produced the CBS comedy pilot "Better Days" (filmed in 1998), starring James Belushi and Chris Elliott as laid off Wisconsin auto workers
1995:
"TV Nation" revived by Fox TV for the summer season
1999:
Appeared in cameo role in Ron Howard's "EdTV"
1999:
Executive produced and appeared in the newsmagazine "The Awful Truth"; made for Britain's Channel 4 and aired in the USA on Bravo
1995:
Feature fiction writing-directing debut, the disappointing "Canadian Bacon", John Candy's last film
1986:
Started production company, Dog Eat Dog Films
1992:
TV debut, directing and appearing in a segment of "Rock the Vote", a Fox variety special designed to get young people to register to vote
1991:
Wrote the forward to Ben Hamper's well-reviewed collection of essays, "Rivethead: Tales from the Assemblyline"
1985:
Appeared as a commentator on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered"
1986:
Fired from <i>Mother Jones</i> for refusing to run a particular article
2000:
Had acting role in Nora Ephron's "Lucky Numbers"
2002:
Published "Stupid White Men ...and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation!" which became a New York Times Bestseller
1994:
Served as creator, executive producer, director, writer and correspondent for NBC's "TV Nation", an irreverent, opinionated, magazine show; aired during the summer
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Worked as a principal interviewer and production coordinator on "Blood in the Face" (originally titled "Right Thinking"), a documentary feature about modern white supremacist organization directed by Anne Bohlen, Kevin Rafferty, and James Ridgeway (released 1991)
1976:
Founded a crisis intervention center
2002:
Signed a $3 million book deal with Time Warner Book Group
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Was producer and host of a weekly radio show, "Radio Free Flint"
1989:
Paid an estimated $3 million by Warner Bros for the acquisition of "Roger and Me", including $25,000 for homeless families affected by the closing of General Motors
1989:
Feature debut as producer, director, screenwriter, on-screen interviewer, and narrator of "Roger and Me", a darkly humorous documentary
1976:
At age 22, founded and edited an alternative newspaper <i>The Flint Voice</i> (later <i>The Michigan Voice</i>)
1998:
Directed documentary satire of corporate America, "The Big One"
2002:
Examined American's gun culture in the award-winning documentary "Bowling for Columbine"
1992:
Produced, directed, scripted and appeared in the documentary short "Pets or Meat: The Return to Flint", a sequel to "Roger and Me"
1986:
Appointed executive editor of <i>Mother Jones</i>, one of the largest circulation political magazines in the USA
2007:
Helmed the documentry, "Sicko," a film about the health care system in America; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature
1972:
Became one of the first 18-year-olds in the country elected to public office when he won a seat on his local school board
2004:
Directed the documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11," which takes a highly critical look at the Bush administration and the White House after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks; received top honors at the Cannes Film Festival
2009:
Directed the documentary "Capitalism: A Love Story"
2015:
Directed the documentary "Where to Invade Next"
2016:
Produced and directed the documentary "Michael Moore in Trumpland"
2018:
Took on Trump yet again in "Fahrenheit 11/9"
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Education

St Paul's Seminary: Saginaw, Michigan -
University of Michigan: Flint, Michigan - 1976

Notes

Michael Moore stands 6'3".

Moore has published articles in The Columbia Journalism Review, Newsday, The Nation, Los Angeles Times and Detroit Free Press.

His website address is www.michaelmoore.com

Among Moore's other targets was literary agent Lucianne Goldberg who was involved in the Monica Lewinsky-Linda Tripp-Bill Clinton scandal. Moore created a website (www.iseelucy.com) which pointed a camera at Goldberg's NYC apartment. In retaliation, she put up signs espousing support of tabloid publications like The National Enquirer and The Star.

Moore on the irony of NBC, a subsidiary of General Motors, allowing him to have his own anti-Establishment, left-leaning TV show: "It's been proven over 40 years of TV that networks will put on anything if they believe it'll get an audience ... I'm just the opposite extreme of 'Manimal' or 'ALF'."---Moore quoted in Entertainment Weekly, July 15, 1994.

"The thing that has surprised me the most is that people whom you would consider fellow travelers in the left-of-center political end of the spectrum are usually the ones who will attack you the most. Like, where's our Bob Dole? Who's our barracuda who's gonna fight for US? Now that I'm doing interviews for 'TV Nation' people have been asking me to describe myself politically. My politics come from Flint, Michigan, from my family, who are workers. Whatever I believe in and care about was formed in that kind of upbringing. As far as dealing with success on a personal level, I've done that by maintaining the same friends and relationships I've had for the past decade or two. You know, I'm still in the same relationship I was in thirteen years ago."---Michael Moore quoted in "The Moore, the Merrier" by Karen Duffy, Interview, September 1994.

"Why is it that during this time of great economic recovery, families are being evicted, and 68 percent of the kids in the Flint school district are still eligible for federal lunch programs, which means they live below the poverty level? On the surface things look good, but if you peel back the layers, personal bankruptcies are at an all-time high, there are 40 million people without health care. The one-third who are doing really well right now are doing it on the backs of the other two-thirds, and that's the story which is not being written."---Moore quoted in the The Boston Globe, April 5, 1998.

About his not pulling punches to please the 'suits': "Look, I didn't have any of this till I was 35 years old. I enjoyed my life back in Flint a great deal. I could go back to doing what I was doing and be very happy. Once you truly believe that, they can never have you. They can never own you, and they know that."---Moore quoted in the New York Post, April 7, 1998.

"I think the root cause is that we, as Americans, were founded in fear and greed. There were two sets of Europeans that came here, one set came here out of fear of being religiously persecuted in Northern Europe. The other, the Southern Europeans, came here motivated purely by greed to see what the riches were, the wealth that was here, the natural resources, whatever, the gold, and to then steal it and take it back [to their countries]. And the Northern Europeans quickly joined in on that, too. Once the Pilgrims started settling, the British and Dutch realized there was quite a bit of bounty here, and the French. So I think we had our start in a really ugly way..."---Moore on the root cause of gun violence

"All they did was give more publicity for the film and made more people aware of it. The great thing about our fellow Americans, no matter what their political stripe is, they don't like being told that they can't see something as an adult. This just doesn't go over very well."---Michael Moore, on initial efforts to block distribution of his documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 to People, July 6, 2004.

"People who criticize him for not being a traditional documentary filmmaker are missing the point. He's not trying to be the New York Times. He's an entertainer and a provocateur."---New York Times cultural columnist Frank Rich on Michael Moore as quoted in Rolling Stone, August 25, 2004.

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wife:
Kathleen Glynn. Producer. Born c. 1958; producer on Moore's "TV Nation" on NBC, as well as producer or executive producer on subsequent projects.

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father:
Frank Moore. Auto worker. Retired in 1973.
mother:
Veronica Moore. Secretary. Retired; died in July 2002.
daughter:
Natalie Moore. Born c. 1982.

Bibliography close complete biography

"Downsize This! Random Threats From an Unarmed American"
"Adventures in a TV Nation" HarperCollins
"Stupid White Men and Other Excuses for the State of the Union" ReaganBooks

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