Michael Shannon (actor)

Michael Shannon (actor)
Michael Shannon
Born Michael Corbett Shannon
August 7, 1974 (1974-08-07) (age 37)
Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1993–present

Michael Corbett Shannon (born August 7, 1974)[1][2] is an American stage, film, and television actor. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Revolutionary Road. He also appears on the critically acclaimed HBO series, Boardwalk Empire.


Early life

Shannon was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and is a grandson of entomologist Raymond Corbett Shannon.[3] His mother, Geraldine Hine, is a lawyer, and his father, Donald S. Shannon, was an accounting professor at DePaul University.[4][5] He was raised by his divorced parents in both Kentucky and Chicago, Illinois.[6][7]


Shannon began his career as a stage actor in Chicago, where he helped found the "A Red Orchid Theatre", where he still regularly performs.[3] He has since worked with Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Northlight Theatre, and other acting companies.[8] Shannon originated the role of Peter Evans in Bug in 2004 and also starred in the 2006 film adaptation with Ashley Judd and Harry Connick, Jr, directed by William Friedkin. His roles in Bug, Killer Joe, and Man From Nebraska were written by Steppenwolf ensemble member Tracy Letts.[7]

Shannon made his film debut with a small role in Groundhog Day in 1993 as a wedding groom.[9] Later, he had roles in Jesus' Son, Pearl Harbor, 8 Mile and Vanilla Sky. He played the villain in Kangaroo Jack. After a role in Bad Boys II, he had a major role in Grand Theft Parsons as the hippie, Larry Oster-burg. In 2006, he played the leader of a prison white supremacist group, Lynard, in Let's Go to Prison.

Shannon has appeared in several shows in the West End in London, including a 1997 production of Woyzeck directed by Sarah Kane.[10] In 2008, Shannon was featured in the off-Broadway production of Stephen Adly Guirgis's The Little Flower of East Orange, presented by LAByrinth Theater Company and The Public Theater, directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman and also featuring Ellen Burstyn.[11]

Shannon's role in Revolutionary Road, also starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo Dicaprio, earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.[12] He portrayed Doc Cross Williams in the film adaptation of Jonah Hex.[13] Shannon will play a corrupt cop in the upcoming film Premium Rush, written and directed by David Koepp.[14] In the 2010 HBO television show Boardwalk Empire, Shannon plays the role of Federal Prohibition agent Nelson Van Alden. In November 2010, he began starring in the one man play, Mistakes Were Made at the Barrow Street Theatre in New York City, with performances scheduled to run through February 27, 2012.[15] Shannon had previously performed the show in 2009 at A Red Orchid Theatre in Chicago.[16] In 2011, he was cast as General Zod, the villain in Zack Snyder's Superman reboot, Man of Steel.[17]

Personal life

Shannon is in a relationship with actress Kate Arrington; they have one daughter, Sylvia, who was born in 2008.[6]


List of film and television credits
Year Title Role Notes
1993 Groundhog Day Fred
1996 Chain Reaction D.C. Flower Delivery Man
1998 Hellcab Crack Head Alternate title: Chicago Cab
1999 Jesus' Son Dundun
1999 Ride, TheThe Ride Jimmy
2000 Tigerland Sgt. Filmore
2000 Cecil B. DeMented Petie
2000 Mullitt
2000 Photographer, TheThe Photographer Maurice
2001 Vanilla Sky Aaron
2001 New Port South Stanton
2001 Pearl Harbor Lt. Gooz Wood
2002 8 Mile Greg Buehl
2002 High Crimes Troy Abbott
2003 Grand Theft Parsons Larry Oster-Berg
2003 Bad Boys II Floyd Poteet
2003 Kangaroo Jack Frankie Lombardo
2004 Water Bobby Matherson
2004 Dead Birds Clyde
2004 Criminal Gene
2004 Zamboni Man Walt
2004 Woodsman, TheThe Woodsman Rosen
2005 Law and Order: Special Victims Unit Avery Shaw TV series, episode: "Quarry"
2006 World Trade Center Dave Karnes
2006 Let's Go to Prison Lynard
2006 Marvelous John
2006 Bug Peter Evans
2007 Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Dex Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
2007 Blackbird Murl
2007 Lucky You Ray Zumbro
2007 Shotgun Stories Son Hayes
2008 Revolutionary Road John Givings Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
Palm Springs International Film Festival Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
2009 Delocated Mark TV series, episode: "Sick Of It"
2009 Missing Person, TheThe Missing Person John Rosow
2009 Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans Mundt
2009 My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done Brad McCullum
2010 Runaways, TheThe Runaways Kim Fowley
2010 Boardwalk Empire Nelson Van Alden TV series
2010 13 Henry
2010 Jonah Hex Doc Cross Williams
2011 Return Mike
2011 Machine Gun Preacher Donnie
2011 Take Shelter Curtis LaForche
2012 Premium Rush Bobby
2013 Man of Steel General Zod
2013 The Iceman Richard Kuklinski


  1. ^ "Kentucky Births, 1911-1999". Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. Frankfort, KY.
  2. ^ Tapley, Kristopher (December 24, 2008). "Interview:Michael Shannon". InContention.com. http://incontention.com/2008/12/24/interview-michael-shannon/. 
  3. ^ a b "Obituary & Guest Book Preview for Dr. Donald S. Shannon". Chicago Sun-Times. http://legacy.suntimes.com/ChicagoSunTimes/DeathNotices.asp?Page=Lifestory&PersonId=120590054. 
  4. ^ Dr. Donald S. Shannon . Chicago Tribune. November 24, 2008.
  5. ^ Oscar nominee Michael Shannon. Kentucky.com. February 22, 2009.[dead link]
  6. ^ a b "unknown title". Chicago Tribune. http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/arts/chi-coty-shannon-1228dec28,0,3126391.story. [dead link]
  7. ^ a b Edelstein, David (December 28, 2008). "Killer Instincts". New York Magazine. http://nymag.com/movies/profiles/53156/. 
  8. ^ Phillips, Michael (January 22, 2009). "Early thoughts on the Oscar horse race". Chicago Tribune. http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/talking_pictures/2009/01/early-thoughts-on-the-oscar-horse-race.html. 
  9. ^ Simon, Alex (January 22, 2009). "Michael Shannon: On the Road". Hollywood Interview blog. http://thehollywoodinterview.blogspot.com/2008/12/michael-shannon-hollywood-interview.html. [dubious ]
  10. ^ Wood, Mark Dundas (May 23, 2007). "Catching the 'Bug'". Back Stage. http://www.backstage.com/bso/news_reviews/movie_reviews/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003589582&inp=true. 
  11. ^ Cole, David (April 7, 2008). "The Little Flower of East Orange - Theater". Time Out New York. http://www.timeout.com/newyork/articles/theater/28374/the-little-flower-of-east-orange. 
  12. ^ Shoard, Catherine (22 January 2009). "Oscar nominations: How Michael Shannon stole Kate Winslet's glory". The Guardian (UK). http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/filmblog/2009/jan/22/kate-winslet-oscar-nominations. 
  13. ^ Hi-Res Image Gallery: 30 Stills from 'Jonah Hex'
  14. ^ Kit, Borys (June 20, 2010). "Two joining Joseph Gordon-Levitt thriller". The Hollywood Reporter (e5 Global Media). http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/film/news/e3i80aa430b917f5eca5382e7a944a51d18. Retrieved August 8, 2010. [dead link]
  15. ^ "Mistakes Were Made". Stage Grade. http://www.stagegrade.com/productions/602#. 
  16. ^ Del Signore, John (2 December 2010). "Actor Michael Shannon, Mistakes Were Made". Gothamist. http://gothamist.com/2010/12/02/michael_shannon_mistakes_were_made.php. 
  17. ^ Kilday, Gregg (April 10, 2011). "Michael Shannon Set to Play Villain General Zod in 'Man of Steel'". The Hollywood Reporter. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/michael-shannon-set-play-villain-176799. Retrieved 2011-04-11. 

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