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Mike Fleiss

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Mike Fleiss
Born (1964-04-14) April 14, 1964 (age 60)
Occupation(s)Producer, writer
Alexandra Vorbeck
(m. 1988; div. 2012)
(m. 2014)

Mike L. Fleiss[1] (born April 14, 1964)[2][3] is an American television producer and writer.

Early life


Fleiss was raised in Fullerton, California. He attended the University of California, Berkeley.[3]



He was the creator, producer, and writer of The Bachelor, The WB's Superstar USA, The Bachelorette, The Will, and High School Reunion. His first reality TV romance show was Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?[4] He was also the producer of the 2003 remake The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and its 2006 prequel The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning and the films Hostel (2005), Hostel: Part II (2007), and Hostel: Part III (2011). In 2008, his Next Entertainment production company signed a deal with Warner.[5]

Personal life


His 24-year marriage to his high school sweetheart, Alexandra Vorbeck, ended in 2012.[2]

He married former Miss America, Laura Kaeppeler, in April 2014.[2] The couple's son, Benjamin, was born in May 2015.[6]

In November 2014, Fleiss was criminally charged for harassing Baywatch star David Charvet and his wife, actress Brooke Burke;[1] the case was eventually dismissed. In July 2019, Fleiss' wife Laura Kaeppeler alleged that he assaulted her and "demanded she get an abortion", prompting the Kauai Police Department to lead a criminal investigation.[7] Two weeks later, Kaeppeler dropped the charges and received a settlement.[8] Kaeppeler and Fleiss reconciled and are currently married.[9]

Selected filmography





  • Hollywood Stuntmakers (3 episodes 1992-99)
  • Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? (2000)
  • The Bachelor (2002-2003)
  • The Bachelorette (2003-2021)
  • The WB's Superstar USA (2004)
  • The Will (2005)
  • The Starlet (2005)
  • The Two-Timer (2005)
  • High School Reunion (2008-2010)
  • Hitched or Ditched (2009)
  • The Cougar (2009)
  • More to Love (2009)
  • There Goes the Neighborhood (2009)
  • Bachelor Pad (2010-2012)
  • Bachelor in Paradise (2014-2021)
  • Love At First Kiss (2016)
  • The Proposal (2018)
  • The Bachelor Winter Games (2018)[10]


  1. ^ a b Youn, Soo (November 20, 2014). "'Bachelor' Creator Charged in Malibu Dispute with David Charvet, Brooke Burke". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Rizzo, Monica (April 9, 2014). "Mike Fleiss Marries Laura Kaeppeler". People. Retrieved May 17, 2023.
  3. ^ a b Brownfield, Paul (November 20, 2002). "TV's big noisemaker — and proud of it". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on November 22, 2002. Retrieved February 25, 2019. ...Fleiss, who is 38....
  4. ^ "The Bachelor's Mike Fleiss on Coming up Roses", Business Week, January 13, 2009.
  5. ^ Schneider, Michael (2008-12-12). "Mike Fleiss pacts with WB TV". Variety. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  6. ^ Stone, Natalie (July 10, 2019). "'The Bachelor' Creator Mike Fleiss Files for Divorce After 5 Years of Marriage". People. Retrieved May 17, 2023.
  7. ^ Hearon, Sarah. "'The Bachelor' Creator Mike Fleiss' Estranged Wife Laura Requests Custody of Their Son After Accusing Him of Domestic Violence". People.com. People Magazine. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  8. ^ James, Meg (July 31, 2019). "'Bachelor' creator Mike Fleiss' divorce is final; ex-wife drops assault allegations". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  9. ^ "'Bachelor' Creator Mike Fleiss Announces Reconciliation with Wife Laura: 'I Love My Wife'". People. Retrieved 16 January 2024.
  10. ^ "Mike Fleiss". IMDB. Retrieved 16 January 2024.