MICHAEL BAY (Director/Producer) helms his fourth Bruckheimer production with "Pearl Harbor," sharing the credit as producer as well. His first feature film "Bad Boys," starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, wowed audiences and critics alike, grossing more than $160 million worldwide. His second film released a year later, "The Rock," starring Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage, eclipsed this box office bonanza, bringing in over $300 million worldwide. His third winner, "Armageddon" starring Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler, generated revenues over $550 million around the globe.
Bay began his career in the advertising industry, directing commercials and music videos for Propaganda Films. In 1995 he was honored by the
Directors Guild of America as Commercial Director of the Year.
At 24, he made his first foray out of film school into the music video business. His work for acts such as Meatloaf, Tina Turner, Lionel Richie, Wilson Phillips, Donny Osmond and the DiVinyls won him huge recognition and led to a number of MW award nominations and the coveted prize in 1992.
Bay's first television spot for the American Red Cross became a Clio winner, and heralded his rise from anonymity to renown in record time. Within three years the Los Angeles native and Wesleyan University graduate had directed some of the best known and professionally acclaimed advertising campaigns in the world. Nike, Budweiser, Coca Cola, Reebok and Miller Lite were just a few of his clients.
Bay is the youngest director to have won just about every possible award bestowed by the advertising industry. He won the Grand Prix Clio for Commercial of the Year for the irreverent "Got Milk/Aaron Burr" commercial. This famous milk ad and two others won him the Best Campaign of the Year at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In Cannes, the world's largest competition for commercials, he won the Gold Lion for "The Best Beer" campaign for Miller Beer and the Silver Lion for the same "Got Milk" spot.
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