Oscar Nominee and “Super Size Me” Creator Morgan Spurlock Dies At Age 53

In 2004 and 2005, everyone was talking about SUPER SIZE ME. The documentary created by Morgan Spurlock followed the filmmaker as he ate McDonald’s meals for 30-days straight.

This week the Oscar nominee passed away due to complications from cancer, according to reports. Spurlock was 53 years-old.

“It was a sad day, as we said goodbye to my brother Morgan,” Spurlock’s brother Craig said in a statement. “Morgan gave so much through his art, ideas and generosity. Today the world has lost a true creative genius and a special man. I am so proud to have worked together with him.”


Spurlock ended up gaining almost 25 pounds from eating McDonald’s food. It took him a total of 14 months to lose 24½ pounds he gained while filming the documentary. SUPER SIZE ME, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004, winning Best Directing honors. The film went on to win the inaugural Writers Guild of America Best Documentary Screenplay award as well as garner an Academy Award nomination for Best Feature Documentary.

The founder of the New York-based production studio Warrior Poets.

After SUPER SIZE ME, he directed, produced award winning films, digital series, and television programs, including THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER SOLD and WHERE IN THE WORLD IS OSAMA BIN LADEN?

Recent credits included the Oscar shortlisted THE EAGLE HUNTRESS and IDA award-winning CNN series “Morgan Spurlock: Inside Man” and the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival World Premiere SUPER SIZE ME 2: HOLY CHICKEN! Additional films under the Warrior Poets banner include the fly-on-the-wall documentary NO MAN’S LAND, Toronto International Film Festival Midnight Madness selection RATS, Sony Pictures’ ONE DIRECTION: THIS IS US, and Magnolia Pictures’ FREAKONOMICS. Television & digital projects include the award-winning FX series “30 Days”, Showtime’s “7 Deadly Sins”, ESPN’s “The Dotted Line”, Emmy and Writer’s Guild nominated THE SIMPSONS 20TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL IN 3D ON ICE!, Hulu’s “A Day in the Life,” Yahoo’s MANSOME and AFI Docs Official Selection VEGAS BABY.

Spurlock was also a co-founder of the short-film content marketing studio Cinelan where he recently produced the groundbreaking series “WE THE ECONOMY: 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford to Miss.”

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