Michael Bay was born on February 17, 1965, in Los Angeles. He is a renowned American film producer and director, specializing in the production of high-budget, popular action films that feature fast, innovative, and amazing effects. Some of the films he has both produced and directed include Armageddon (1998), Pearl Harbor (2001), the film series Transformers (2007 and ongoing).
These films have grossed over $7.8 billion worldwide, putting him on the list of the most accomplished and wealthy producers in Hollywood history. Despite his success, he is still criticized and underrated by some critics in the industry. Together with Andrew Form and Brad Fuller he is co-owner of Platinum Dunes. The production company specializes in horror films. He also co-founded a commercial production house known as “The Institute”.
Michael Bay began his career in the film industry at the age of fifteen as an intern with American filmmaker and entrepreneur George Walton Lucas Jr. In 1981, he starred for the first time in an American action-adventure film called Raiders of the Lost Ark. Bay studied English and film at Wesleyan University and graduated in 1986.
Michael Bay Family, Wife
Michael was adopted by the Bay family when he was still a baby after being abandoned by his biological parents. So far there is no information about his biological parents. Nevertheless, his adoptive father, Jim Bay, was an accountant, while the foster mother, Harriet Bay, was a doctor. Michael has no siblings, but he has a cousin named Susan Bay.
Growing up, he showed so much interest in movies and his parents gave him all the support he needed, although they were a little worried that he might not be able to make a living from his job. Nonetheless, he has proven to be one of the most successful film producers and directors in history and has an enviable fortune to show for it.
Michael Bay has long been known as unmarried. However, there are indications that he married secretly. There are reports that the award-winning director has privately married a woman he had been with for some time. Bay was seen wearing a brand new wedding ring, but he has not yet revealed the identity of his wife.
Throughout his career, Michael Bay has successfully managed to keep his relationships under wraps. However, he had a few big flops when some pictures of him appeared in the media with some Hollywood stars. It is no longer news that he has had some major encounters with a number of hot women in the past.
In 1999 Michael Bay was associated with the American model Jaime Bergman. At some point, he also had an affair with porn actress Rebecca Bardoux, who was previously married to Jake Ryder. He also had an affair with Taylor Wayne, a British porn star. Some of the other ladies he has dated at some point are Cara Michelle, Lisa Dergan, and Pamela Anderson. But apparently, he also has a thing for hot women and is very good at keeping his relationships private.
Net Worth, House
As we mentioned before, Michael is known for producing films with a big budget, he was successful in the industry very early on. Perhaps in search of proving to his foster parents that he could do it, he ventured into a whole range of things from production to directing. He has also worked on commercials for major organizations such as Coca-Cola, Silverstein & Partners, the Red Cross, and Goodby.
Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer chose him to direct the film Bad Boys, which devoured about $19 million and grossed about $151 million at the box office. In 1998 Michael Bay co-produced and directed the film Armageddon, which devoured about 140 million dollars and grossed over 553 million dollars.
Michael Bay’s current net worth is estimated at about $450 million and continues to grow. His fortune includes a number of luxury cars, including a Gulfstream G550 jet worth about $50 million.
He bought his first house in 1999, one year after the release of Armageddon. He bought the house for $5.16 million and sold it in 2014 for $11.45 million. In 2017, just three years after Michael Bay sold the house, the house was put up for sale again, this time for $45 million.
Michael Bay has another house that is as entertaining as the films he produces. The design was created by a Miami-based designer, architect Chad Oppenheim.
Michael Bay Facts
Michael Bay has been a long-time friend and business partner of producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
Leonard Nimoy, the Star Trek star is Michael Bay’s brother-in-law, he is married to Bay’s cousin Susan Bay.
He was the youngest director to make billions worldwide with his films, thanks to the two blockbusters The Rock (1996) and Armageddon (1998).