Michael Bay is a Jewish American film director and producer best known for high-budget action films with substantial usage of practical special effects.
Michael Benjamin Bay was born February 17, 1965, in Los Angeles, California. He was raised by his adoptive parents Harriet, a bookstore owner/child psychiatrist, and Jim, a CPA. In 1986, he graduated from Wesleyan University with a double major in English and Film. For his graduate work, he attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena where he also studied film.
Soon after receiving his post-graduate degree, Bay began working at Propaganda Films, directing commercials and music videos. His first feature-length film directing job was 1995's Bad Boys, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. The film grossed $141 million at the box office in the summer of 1995.
Bay's films have grossed over $3 billion worldwide. He is co-founder of commercial production house The Institute for the Development of Enhanced Perceptual Awareness, co-chair and part-owner of the special effects house Digital Domain and co-owns the production house Platinum Dunes.