Morgan Spurlock Net Worth
Morgan Spurlock is a $5 million-wealthy American documentary filmmaker, humorist, television producer, screenwriter, and political activist. Morgan Spurlock is best known for his 2004 film “Super Size Me,” which was nominated for an Academy Award. He also directed the documentaries “Where in the World is Osama bin Laden?,” “POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold,” and “One Direction: This is Us.” Spurlock also starred in the reality show “30 Days” and hosted “Morgan Spurlock Inside Man” on CNN.
Early Years and the Start of a Career
Morgan Valentine Spurlock was born in Parkersburg, West Virginia, in 1970, and was raised by his Methodist parents in Beckley. He is of Scots-Irish and English ancestry. He attended Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley before moving to New York to attend New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he graduated in 1993.
Spurlock worked as a playwright in the 1990s, and one of his plays, “The Phoenix,” won awards at the New York International Fringe Festival and the Route 66 Playwriting Competition.He created the MTV webcast “I Bet You Will” in the early 2000s, which featured five-minute episodes of ordinary people performing stunts for money. MTV later purchased and broadcast the show, which was a huge success online, with Spurlock as the host.
“Super Size Me” and Major Fame
Spurlock shot to fame in 2004 as the director and star of the documentary “Super Size Me.” Spurlock conducts an experiment in the film to see what would happen if he ate only three McDonald’s meals every day for a month. Spurlock, who was in good physical and mental health prior to the film, gained 25 pounds and developed depression and liver dysfunction by the end of the project. Spurlock needed 14 months to get back to his normal weight.
Finally, the film was a huge commercial success, grossing $22 million on a $65,000 budget. It was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and won Spurlock the inaugural Writers Guild of America Award for Best Documentary Screenplay.
Spurlock went on to serve as executive producer on a number of documentaries following “Super Size Me,” including “The Future of Food,” “Czech Dream,” and “The Third Wave.” In 2007, he directed “What Would Jesus Buy?” about the Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping, a satirical performance group.
“Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?” was Spurlock’s second documentary feature, and it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008. The film, which focused on the fight against terrorism and the possible location of the then-unknown Osama Bin Laden, failed to match Spurlock’s first feature’s runaway success. Later, in 2010, he wrote and directed a segment of the documentary “Freakonomics,” which was based on the popular non-fiction book of the same name published in 2005.
Spurlock returned in 2011 as the writer and director of the documentary “POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold,” about marketing and product placement. The film was a moderate critical and commercial success, with cameos by Noam Chomsky, J. J. Abrams, Ralph Nader, and a slew of corporate figures.
Spurlock also directed, wrote, and produced “Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope” in 2011, which followed the adventures of five San Diego Comic-Con International attendees. Spurlock’s subsequent works include 2012’s “Mansome,” a comedic look at male grooming; “One Direction: This is Us,” a 3D concert documentary centered on the titular British boy band; and “Rats,” a documentary about rat infestations in various major world cities. Spurlock released a sequel to his previous documentary, “Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!,” in 2017, in which he investigated growing healthy trends in the fast-food industry.
“30 Days” and Television Career
Spurlock created and hosted the FX reality television series “30 Days” in 2005. In each episode, either Spurlock or another subject would spend 30 days immersed in a lifestyle vastly different from their own, with Spurlock providing running social commentary along the way. The show aired until 2008.
Later, in 2012, Spurlock began hosting “Morgan Spurlock’s New Britannia,” a British comedy series about cultural differences between the United Kingdom and the United States. He began producing and hosting the CNN investigative series “Morgan Spurlock Inside Man” in 2013, which aired until 2016. “Losing It with John Stamos,” “7 Deadly Sins,” and “The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special – In 3-D! On Ice!” are among his other television credits.
Spurlock followed up “Super Size Me” with “Don’t Eat This Book: Fast Food and the Supersizing of America” a year later. He later wrote a foreword to Martin Lindstrom’s 2011 book “Brandwashed” and a chapter to Tim Ferriss’ 2016 self-help book “Tools of Titans.” Spurlock also created “A Day in the Life,” a half-hour documentary series for Hulu that followed successful people like Richard Branson and Misty Copeland.
Spurlock married Alex Jamieson in 2006, and they had a son, Laken. They lived in a two-bedroom, three-bathroom brownstone garden apartment in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood. The couple divorced in 2011. Spurlock later married Sara Bernstein and had another son, Kallen, in 2016.
Spurlock admitted to a history of sexual misconduct in a blog post in 2017. As a result, he resigned from his position as CEO of Warrior Poets.