- Michael Shannon (actor)
Michael Shannon Born Michael Corbett Shannon
August 7, 1974
Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.
Occupation Actor Years active 1993–present
Michael Corbett Shannon (born August 7, 1974) 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.
Shannon was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and is a grandson of entomologist Raymond Corbett Shannon. His mother, Geraldine Hine, is a lawyer, and his father, Donald S. Shannon, was an accounting professor at DePaul University. He was raised by his divorced parents in both Kentucky and Chicago, Illinois.
Shannon began his career as a stage actor in Chicago, where he helped found the "A Red Orchid Theatre", where he still regularly performs. He has since worked with Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Northlight Theatre, and other acting companies. 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.
Shannon made his film debut with a small role in Groundhog Day in 1993 as a wedding groom. 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. 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.
Shannon's role in Revolutionary Road, also starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo Dicaprio, earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He portrayed Doc Cross Williams in the film adaptation of Jonah Hex. Shannon will play a corrupt cop in the upcoming film Premium Rush, written and directed by David Koepp. 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. Shannon had previously performed the show in 2009 at A Red Orchid Theatre in Chicago. In 2011, he was cast as General Zod, the villain in Zack Snyder's Superman reboot, Man of Steel.
Shannon is in a relationship with actress Kate Arrington; they have one daughter, Sylvia, who was born in 2008.
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 The Ride Jimmy 2000 Tigerland Sgt. Filmore 2000 Cecil B. DeMented Petie 2000 Mullitt 2000 The 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 The 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 The 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 The 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
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