Michael MooreFilmmaker / Writer
Born: 23 April 1954
Birthplace: Flint, Michigan
Best known as: Director of Bowling for Columbine
Michael Moore's 1989 debut documentary Roger & Me
made him rich and famous and put him in the spotlight as a champion of the common folk against corporate greed. (The Roger of the title was Roger Smith, then the president of General Motors; the film examined GM's role in Moore's struggling hometown of Flint, Michigan.) Almost comically un-glamorous and notoriously liberal, Moore appears in his own films as narrator and interviewer and has made a career out of being funny and provocative in print as well as on screen. He has hosted television shows (TV Nation
and The Awful Truth
in the mid-1990s), worked on the staff of Mother Jones
magazine, and authored the best-selling books Downsize This!
(1996) and Stupid White Men...and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation
(2002). Bowling for Columbine
(2002), his documentary about gun-related violence in the United States, won the 2003 Oscar for Best Documentary. In 2004 his documentary Fahrenheit 9/11
, a harsh analysis of the Saudi Arabian ties of George W. Bush
, won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
Moore’s acceptance speech at the 2003 Academy Awards included a now-famous tirade against George W. Bush, whom Moore called a “fictitious president”… The title Fahrenheit 9/11 is a play on Fahrenheit 451, the futuristic novel by Ray Bradbury in which books are burned at that temperature.
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