Shannon at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival
August 7, 1974|
Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.
|Residence||New York City, New York, U.S.|
|Partner(s)||Kate Arrington (2002–present)|
Michael Corbett Shannon (born August 7, 1974) is an American actor and musician. Shannon first received attention for his performance in 2002's 8 Mile, where he portrayed the boyfriend of Eminem's character's mother, played by Kim Basinger. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Revolutionary Road in 2008. Shannon is known for his on-screen versatility. His films include Bug (2006), The Iceman (2012), Man of Steel (2013), 99 Homes (2014), for which he was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor, and Nocturnal Animals (2016). He has collaborated with Jeff Nichols on many occasions, including the films Take Shelter (2011), Midnight Special and Loving (both 2016). He is also known for his role in the HBO period drama series Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014).
Shannon was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and is a grandson of entomologist Raymond Corbett Shannon. His father, Donald Sutherlin Shannon, was an accounting professor at DePaul University, and his mother, Geraldine Hine, is a lawyer. He was raised by his divorced parents in both Lexington, Kentucky, and Chicago, Illinois. He attended New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois.
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. He has since worked with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Northlight Theatre, and other acting companies. 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.
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-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. 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 appeared in the 2011 film Take Shelter and received rave reviews for his performance, as well as a Saturn Award for Best Actor. 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 having run through February 27, 2012. Shannon had previously performed the show in 2009 at A Red Orchid Theatre in Chicago.
Shannon played a corrupt cop in the film Premium Rush (2012), written and directed by David Koepp. In 2012, Shannon appeared on Broadway in Grace along with actors 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. Shannon portrayed music icon Elvis Presley alongside Kevin Spacey as President Richard Nixon in the film Elvis & Nixon.
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.
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. 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.
In a November 2016 interview with newspaper, Metro New York, Shannon voiced his political disdain for both U.S. President-elect Donald J. Trump and those senior citizens who voted for him with the following statement:
"There's a lot of old people who need to realize they've had a nice life, and it's time for them to move on, because they're the ones who go out and vote for these assholes. If you look at the young people, between 18 and 25, if it was up to them, Hillary [Clinton] would have been president. No offense to the seniors out there. My mom's a senior citizen. But if you're voting for Trump, it's time for the urn."
|1992||Overexposed||Young man||Television film|
|1992||Angel Street||Patrick Mulligan||Television film|
|1998–1999||Early Edition||Merle / Mr. Andrews||2 episodes|
|2005||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Avery Shaw||Episode: "Quarry"|
|2009||Delocated||Mark||Episode: "Sick of It"|
|2010–2014||Boardwalk Empire||Nelson Van Alden||35 episodes|
|1991||Loving Little Egypt||Humberhill||Griffin Theatre Company|
|1992||Fun/Nobody||Denny||Next Lab (Next Theatre Company)|
|1993||Killer Joe||Chris Smith||Next Lab (Next Theatre Company)|
|1994||Killer Joe||Chris Smith||Edinburgh Festival Fringe|
|1996||Bug||Peter Evans||Gate Theatre|
|1998||Killer Joe||Chris Smith||Soho Playhouse|
|1999||The Killer||Berenger||A Red Orchid Theatre|
|1999||The Idiot||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|
|2006||Hunger and Thirst||Director||A Red Orchid Theatre|
|2008||The Little Flower of East Orange||Danny||The Public Theater|
|2008||The Metal Children||Tobin Falmouth||Vineyard Theatre|
|2008||Lady||Kenny||Rattlestick Playwrights Theater|
|2010||Our Town||Stage Manager||Barrow Street Theatre|
|2010–2011||Mistakes Were Made||Felix Artifex||Barrow Street Theatre|
|2012||Uncle Vanya||Astrov||Soho Repertory Theatre|
|2013||Simpatico||Carter||A Red Orchid Theatre|
|2014||The Killer||Berenger||Theatre for a New Audience|
|2015||Pilgrim's Progress||Jim||A Red Orchid Theatre|
|2016||Long Day's Journey into Night||James Tyrone Jr.||American Airlines Theatre|
Awards and nominations
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- Tapley, Kristopher (December 24, 2008). "Interview:Michael Shannon". InContention.com.
- "Obituary & Guest Book Preview for Dr. Donald S. Shannon". Chicago Sun-Times.
- Dr. Donald S. Shannon . Chicago Tribune. November 24, 2008.
- Oscar nominee Michael Shannon. Kentucky.com. February 22, 2009.
- Who's Who in the Midwest, 1982–1983 – Marquis Who's Who, LLC – Google Books. Books.google.ca. Retrieved 2013-06-26.
- "unknown title". Chicago Tribune.
- Edelstein, David (December 28, 2008). "Killer Instincts". New York.
- Phillips, Michael (January 22, 2009). "Early thoughts on the Oscar horse race". Chicago Tribune.
- Simon, Alex (January 22, 2009). "Michael Shannon: On the Road". Hollywood Interview blog.
- Wood, Mark Dundas (May 23, 2007). "Catching the 'Bug'". Backstage.
- Cole, David (April 7, 2008). "The Little Flower of East Orange – Theater". Time Out New York.
- Shoard, Catherine (January 22, 2009). "Oscar nominations: How Michael Shannon stole Kate Winslet's glory". The Guardian (UK). London.
- Hi-Res Image Gallery: 30 Stills from 'Jonah Hex'
- Archived March 5, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Take Shelter". Chicago Sun-Times.
- "RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES and SUPER 8 lead Saturn Awards with 3 awards each.". saturnawards.org. July 26, 2012. Retrieved July 27, 2012.
- "Mistakes Were Made". Stage Grade.
- Del Signore, John (December 2, 2010). "Actor Michael Shannon, Mistakes Were Made". Gothamist.
- Kit, Borys (June 20, 2010). "Two joining Joseph Gordon-Levitt thriller". The Hollywood Reporter. e5 Global Media. Archived from the original on June 25, 2010. Retrieved August 8, 2010.
- Kilday, Gregg (April 10, 2011). "Michael Shannon Set to Play Villain General Zod in 'Man of Steel'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2011-04-11.
- Eakin, Marah. "Corporal, Michael Shannon's non-terrifying band, premières new track". A.V. Club Chicago. Retrieved June 20, 2012.
- Pearis, Bill. "Michael Shannon's band Corporal endorses Obama (MP3), playing Fontana's". Brooklyn Vegan. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
- Kaufman, Joanne. "Michael Shannon Finds Balance on the Waterfront". The New York Times.
- "Senior citizen Trump votes for himself in the 2016 U.S. presidential election". politico.com. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
- "Michael Shannon: Don't talk to your Trump-voting relatives". www.metro.us. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
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- Corporal (official website)
- Michael Shannon at the Internet Movie Database
- Michael Shannon at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
- Michael Shannon on "Larry King Now"
- Michael Shannon biography at A Red Orchid Theatre, Chicago
- The Onion A.V. Club interview
- Michael Shannon Reads the Insane Delta Gamma Sorority Letter