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Michael Shannon
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Born
Michael Corbett Shannon

(1974-08-07) August 7, 1974 (age 44)
ResidenceBrooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation
  • Actor
  • musician
Years active1992–present
Partner(s)Kate Arrington (2002–present)
Children2
RelativesRaymond Corbett Shannon
(grandfather)

Michael Corbett Shannon (born August 7, 1974)[1][2] is an American actor and musician. He has been nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his roles in Revolutionary Road (2008) and Nocturnal Animals (2016). He earned Screen Actors Guild Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for his role in 99 Homes (2014), and a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Play for Long Day's Journey into Night (2016).

Shannon made his film debut in 1993 with Groundhog Day and received widespread attention for his performance in 8 Mile (2002). He is known for his on-screen versatility, performing in both comedies and dramas. His performances include Pearl Harbor (2001), Bad Boys II (2003), Bug (2006), Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007), Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2007), The Iceman (2012), Man of Steel (2013), and The Shape of Water (2017). Shannon is a frequent collaborator of Jeff Nichols, appearing in all of his films: Shotgun Stories (2007), Take Shelter (2011), Mud (2012), Midnight Special, and Loving (both 2016). He is also known for his role as Nelson Van Alden in the HBO period drama series Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014), for which he was nominated for three Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Early life[edit]

Shannon was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and is a grandson of entomologist Raymond Corbett Shannon.[3] His father, Donald Sutherlin Shannon, was an accounting professor at DePaul University, and his mother, Geraldine Hine, is a lawyer.[4][5][6] He was raised by his divorced parents in both Lexington, Kentucky, and Chicago, Illinois.[7][8]

Acting career[edit]

Shannon's first film role was as the main character in the music video for the Every Mother's Nightmare song "House of Pain", in which he played a troubled teenager who was running away from his abusive lifestyle. He later became a stage actor in Chicago. He helped found A Red Orchid Theatre, where he still regularly performs.[3] He has since worked with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Northlight Theatre, and other acting companies.[9] Shannon originated the role of Peter Evans in Bug in 1996 and also starred in the 2006 film adaptation with Ashley Judd and Harry Connick Jr., directed by William Friedkin. His roles in Bug and Killer Joe were written by Steppenwolf ensemble member Tracy Letts.[8]

Shannon made his film debut with a small role in Groundhog Day in 1993 as a wedding groom.[10] 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-Berg. 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 production of Woyzeck directed by Sarah Kane.[11] 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.[12]

In 2008, he starred in the romantic drama film Revolutionary Road, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. His performance as the clinically insane son earned him universal acclaim,[13][14][15][16] and won the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture[17] and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.[18] In 2010, he portrayed Doc Cross Williams in the film adaptation of Jonah Hex.[19] Shannon played Federal Prohibition agent Nelson Van Alden in the HBO television show Boardwalk Empire, which began in 2010. In November of that year, he began starring in the one man play Mistakes Were Made at the Barrow Street Theatre in New York City, with performances having run through February 27, 2012.[20] Shannon had previously performed the show in 2009 at A Red Orchid Theatre in Chicago.[21]

In 2011, Shannon starred in the drama film Take Shelter. He received rave reviews for his performance,[22][23] and a Saturn Award for Best Actor.[24] In 2012, he played a corrupt cop in the film Premium Rush, written and directed by David Koepp,[25] and appeared on Broadway in Grace along with Paul Rudd and Ed Asner. In 2013, he starred as legendary mob hitman Richard Kuklinski in The Iceman, which was distributed in May 2013. His performance received much acclaim from critics. Also that year, Shannon portrayed General Zod, the main antagonist in Zack Snyder's film Man of Steel.[26] Shannon portrayed music icon Elvis Presley alongside Kevin Spacey as President Richard Nixon in Elvis & Nixon.[27]

In 2015, he was seen in the biographical drama film Freeheld, as well as the independent drama film 99 Homes as housing agent Rick Carver, a role that earned him widespread critical acclaim, and nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role.[28][29]2015 was also the release year for The Night Before where Shannon played Mr. Green alongside Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

The following year, he starred in the psychological thriller film Nocturnal Animals, alongside Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal. His performance as a detective investigating the violent incident garnered him critical acclaim,[30][31][32][33] and was nominated for his second Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.[34]

He played Col. Richard Strickland in Guillermo del Toro's romantic fantasy film The Shape of Water.[35] The film had its world premiere at the 74th Venice International Film Festival,[36] where it won the Golden Lion.[37][38] In 2018, he played the lead role as Gary Noesner in Waco on Paramount Network.

Music career[edit]

In 2002, Shannon formed the indie rock band Corporal, along with Ray Rizzo and Rob Beitzel. Shannon sings and writes lyrics for the band. In 2010, Corporal released their self-titled debut album.[39] Following the album's release two MP3 tracks have been released for download. The first track "Glory" was released in 2011 and the second song titled "Obama" was released in June 2012 as the band's way of endorsing President Obama's run for reelection.[40]

Personal life[edit]

Shannon is in a relationship with actress Kate Arrington; they have two daughters, Sylvie and Marion. They live in the neighborhood of Red Hook located in the New York City borough of Brooklyn.[41]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Groundhog Day Fred
1996 Chain Reaction Flower Delivery Man
1997 Chicago Cab Crack Head
1999 Jesus' Son Dundun
The Ride Jimmy
2000 The Photographer Maurice
Tigerland Randy Charles
Cecil B. Demented Petie
Mullitt Phil Kunz Short film
2001 Pearl Harbor Lt. Gooz Wood
New Port South John Stanton
Vanilla Sky Aaron
2002 High Crimes Troy Abbott
8 Mile Greg Buehl
2003 Kangaroo Jack Frankie Lombardo
Bad Boys II Floyd Poteet
Grand Theft Parsons Larry Oster-Berg
2004 Water Bobby Matherson
Criminal Gene
Dead Birds Clyde
Zamboni Man Walt, Zamboni Man Short film
The Woodsman Rosen
2006 Bug Peter Evans
World Trade Center Dave Karnes
Let's Go to Prison Lynard
Marvelous John
2007 Shotgun Stories Son Hayes
Blackbird Murl
Lucky You Ray Zumbro
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Dex
2008 Revolutionary Road John Givings, Jr.
2009 The Missing Person John Rosow
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans Mundt
The Greatest Jordan Walker
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done? Brad McCullum
2010 The Runaways Kim Fowley
Herbert White Herbert White Short film
13 Henry
Jonah Hex Dr. Cross Williams
2011 Take Shelter Curtis LaForche
Return Mike
The Broken Tower Emile Opffer
Machine Gun Preacher Donnie
2012 Mud Uncle Galen
Premium Rush Bobby Monday
The Iceman Richard Kuklinski
Happy Hour Just Mike Short film
2013 Man of Steel General Zod
The Harvest Richard Young
2014 Young Ones Ernest Holm
They Came Together Spike Cameo
She's Funny That Way Policeman Macy's
99 Homes Rick Carver
2015 Freeheld Dane Wells
The Night Before Mr. Green
2016 Complete Unknown Tom
Frank & Lola Frank Reilly
Midnight Special Roy Tomlin
Wolves Lee Keller
Poor Boy Blayde Griggs
Elvis & Nixon Elvis Presley Also executive producer
Loving Grey Villet
Salt and Fire Matt Riley
Nocturnal Animals Det. Bobby Andes
2017 The Shape of Water Col. Richard Strickland
The Current War George Westinghouse
Pottersville Maynard Greiger
2018 12 Strong Chief Warrant Officer Hal Spencer
What They Had Nicky Everhardt Also executive producer[42]
State Like Sleep Edward
2019 Knives Out Walt Robinson Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Overexposed Young Man Television film
Angel Street Patrick Mulligan Television film
1998–1999 Early Edition Merle, Mr. Andrews 2 episodes
1999 Turks Man #1 Episode: "Pilot"
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Avery Shaw Episode: "Quarry"
2009 Delocated Mark Episode: "Sick of It!"
2010–2014 Boardwalk Empire Nelson Van Alden 36 episodes
2016 Lip Sync Battle Himself Episode: "Michael Shannon vs. Rachel Bloom"
2017, 2019 At Home with Amy Sedaris Julien Penderel, Johnny Shannon 2 episodes
2018 Waco Gary Noesner 6 episodes; also executive producer
Fahrenheit 451 Captain Beatty Television film
The Little Drummer Girl Martin Kurtz 6 episodes
Our Cartoon President Narrator Voice
Episode: "Election Special 2018"
Room 104 Nathan Episode: "Swipe Right"

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Loving Little Egypt Humberhill Griffin Theatre Company
1992 Fun and Nobody Denny Next Theatre Company
1993 Killer Joe Chris Smith Next Theatre Company
1994 Edinburgh Festival Fringe
1995 Victims of Duty The Detective A Red Orchid Theatre
1996 Bug Peter Evans Gate Theatre
1998 Killer Joe Chris Smith Soho Playhouse
1999 The Killer Berenger A Red Orchid Theatre
The Idiot Parfyon Rogozhin Lookingglass Theatre
2001 Bug Peter Evans A Red Orchid Theatre
2002 Finer Noble Gases Lynch Actors Theatre of Louisville
2004–2005 Bug Peter Evans Barrow Street Theatre
2005 Gagarin Way Eddie A Red Orchid Theatre
2006 The Pillowman Michal Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Hunger and Thirst Director A Red Orchid Theatre
Grace Sam Northlight Theatre
2007 Lady Kenny Northlight Theatre
2008 The Little Flower of East Orange Danny The Public Theater
The Metal Children Tobin Falmouth Vineyard Theatre
Lady Kenny Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
2009 Mistakes Were Made Felix Artifex A Red Orchid Theatre
2010 Our Town Stage Manager Barrow Street Theatre
2010–2011 Mistakes Were Made Felix Artifex Barrow Street Theatre
2012 Uncle Vanya Mikhail Lvovich Astrov Soho Repertory Theatre
2012–2013 Grace Sam Cort Theatre
2013 Simpatico Lyle Carter A Red Orchid Theatre
2014 The Killer Berenger Theatre for a New Audience
2015 Pilgrim's Progress Jim McKee A Red Orchid Theatre
2016 Long Day's Journey into Night James Tyrone Jr. American Airlines Theatre
2017 Simpatico Lyle Carter McCarter Theatre Center
2018 Traitor N/A Director
A Red Orchid Theatre
Victims of Duty The Detective A Red Orchid Theatre
2019 Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune Johnny Broadhurst Theatre

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Work Award Category Result
1992 Fun/Nobody Joseph Jefferson Award Actor in a Principal Role Won
2002 Bug Joseph Jefferson Award Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
2004 Lucille Lortel Award Outstanding Lead Actor Nominated
2006 The Pillowman Joseph Jefferson Award Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
2007 Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Gotham Award Best Ensemble Cast Won
2008 Revolutionary Road Satellite Award Best Supporting Actor Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Detroit Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actor Nominated
St. Louis Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2009 Palm Springs International Film Festival Best Ensemble Cast Won
Online Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuoso Award Won
Academy Award Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2010 Mistakes Were Made Lucille Lortel Award Outstanding Lead Actor Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Solo Performance Nominated
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated
Joseph Jefferson Award Actor in a Principal Role Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Play Nominated
2011 Boardwalk Empire Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won
Take Shelter Gotham Award Best Ensemble Cast Nominated
Austin Film Critics Association Best Actor Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Best Actor Won
New York Film Critics Online Best Actor Won
San Diego Film Critics Society Best Actor Won
Toronto Film Critics Association Best Actor Won
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Actor Runner-up
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Best Actor 5th Place
Detroit Film Critics Society Best Actor Nominated
Houston Film Critics Society Best Actor Nominated
Online Film Critics Society Best Actor Nominated
Satellite Award Best Actor Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Actor Nominated
2012 Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Actor Nominated
Independent Spirit Award Best Male Lead Nominated
Saturn Award Best Actor Won
Boardwalk Empire Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won
2013 Nominated
Simpatico Joseph Jefferson Award Actor in a Principal Role Won
2014 Boardwalk Empire Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2015 99 Homes
Gotham Award Best Actor Nominated
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Won
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actor Won
Toronto Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Runner-up
Chicago Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Florida Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Austin Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2016 National Society of Film Critics Best Supporting Actor 2nd Place
Golden Globe Award Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Critics' Choice Award Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Houston Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
Independent Spirit Award Best Supporting Male Nominated
Saturn Award Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Long Day's Journey Into Night Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Won
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Won
Tony Award Best Featured Actor in a Play Nominated
Nocturnal Animals
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Nominated
St. Louis Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Critics' Choice Award Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Toronto Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Runner-up
Florida Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actor Nominated
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Online Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Austin Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Nominated
IndieWire Critics Poll Best Supporting Actor 9th Place
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Supporting Actor Nominated
San Diego Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor 3rd Place
2017 National Society of Film Critics Best Supporting Actor 3rd Place
Houston Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actor Nominated
AACTA International Award Best Supporting Actor Nominated
London Film Critics' Circle Supporting Actor of the Year Nominated
Academy Award Best Supporting Actor Nominated
The Shape of Water St. Louis Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Seattle Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2018 Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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