Michael Shannon

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Michael Shannon
Michael Shannon TIFF 2012.jpg
Born Michael Corbett Shannon
(1974-08-07) August 7, 1974 (age 39)
Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.
Occupation Actor, musician
Years active 1991–present
Partner(s) Kate Arrington (2002–present)
Children 1

Michael Corbett Shannon (born August 7, 1974)[1][2] is an American actor and musician. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Revolutionary Road. He is a regular on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. His performance in the 2011 film Take Shelter led to further critical acclaim, gaining him the Saturn Award for Best Actor. He also played Richard Kuklinski in The Iceman, and General Zod in the 2013 film Man of Steel.

Early life[edit]

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 Sutherlin Shannon, was an accounting professor at DePaul University.[4][5][6] He was raised by his divorced parents in both Kentucky and Chicago, Illinois.[7][8] He attended New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois.

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 Man From Nebraska 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]

Shannon's role in Revolutionary Road, also starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.[13] He portrayed Doc Cross Williams in the film adaptation of Jonah Hex.[14] Shannon appeared in the 2011 film Take Shelter and received rave reviews for his performance,[15][16] as well as a Saturn Award for Best Actor.[17] 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.[18] Shannon had previously performed the show in 2009 at A Red Orchid Theatre in Chicago.[19]

Shannon played a corrupt cop in the film Premium Rush (2012), written and directed by David Koepp.[20] In 2012, Shannon appeared on the Broadway Stage 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.[21]

Music career[edit]

In 2002, Shannon formed the band Corporal, along with Ray Rizzo and Rob Beitzel. Shannon sings and writes lyrics for the band. In 2010, Corporal released their self-named debut album.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Shannon is in a relationship with actress Kate Arrington; they have one daughter, Sylvia. They live in Red Hook, Brooklyn.[citation needed] He has one younger brother, Dave.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Groundhog Day Fred
1996 Chain Reaction Flower delivery man
1997 Chicago Cab Crackhead
1999 Jesus' Son Dundun
1999 The Ride Jimmy
2000 The Photographer Maurice
2000 Tigerland Randy Charles
2000 Cecil B. DeMented Petie
2000 Mullitt Short film
2001 Pearl Harbor Lt. Gooz Wood
2001 New Port South Stanton
2001 Vanilla Sky Aaron
2002 High Crimes Troy Abbott
2002 8 Mile Greg Buehl
2003 Kangaroo Jack Frankie Lombardo
2003 Bad Boys II Floyd Poteet
2003 Grand Theft Parsons Larry Oster-Berg
2004 Water Bobby Matherson
2004 Criminal Gene
2004 Dead Birds Clyde
2004 Zamboni Man Walt Short film
2004 The Woodsman Rosen
2006 Bug Peter Evans
2006 World Trade Center Dave Karnes
2006 Let's Go to Prison Lynard
2006 Marvelous John
2007 Shotgun Stories Son Hayes
2007 Blackbird Murl
2007 Lucky You Ray Zumbro
2007 Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Dex
2008 Revolutionary Road John Givings
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 13 Henry
2010 Jonah Hex Dr. Cross Williams
2011 Take Shelter Curtis LaForche
2011 Return Mike
2011 The Broken Tower Emile
2011 Machine Gun Preacher Donnie
2012 Mud Galen
2012 Premium Rush Bobby Monday
2012 The Iceman Richard Kuklinski
2013 Man of Steel General Zod
2013 The Harvest Richard
2014 Young Ones Ernest Holm
2014 They Came Together Spike Cameo
2014 She's Funny That Way Post-Production
2014 99 Homes Rick Carver Post-Production
2015 Midnight Special Post-Production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Overexposed Young man TV Movie
1992 Angel Street Patrick Mulligan TV Movie
1998 Early Edition Merle Episode: "Return of Crumb"
1999 Early Edition Mr. Andrews Episode: "Take Me Out to the Ballgame"
1999 Turks Man Episode: "Pilot"
2005 Law and Order: Special Victims Unit Avery Shaw Episode: "Quarry"
2009 Delocated Mark Episode: "Sick of It"
2010–present Boardwalk Empire Nelson Van Alden 31 episodes

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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 (Scotland)
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
2006 Grace Sam Northlight Theatre
2007 Lady Kenny Northlight 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
2012–2013 Grace Sam Cort Theatre
2013 Simpatico Carter A Red Orchid Theatre
2014 The Killer Berenger Theatre for a New Audience

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 Bug 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 Awards Best Ensemble Cast Won
2008 Revolutionary Road Palm Springs International Film Festival Best Ensemble Cast Won
2008 Revolutionary Road Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuoso Award Won
2008 Revolutionary Road Satellite Award Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture Won
2008 Revolutionary Road Academy Award Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2008 Revolutionary Road Chicago Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2008 Revolutionary Road Online Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2008 Revolutionary Road St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2010 Mistakes Were Made Lucille Lortel Award Outstanding Lead Actor Nominated
2010 Mistakes Were Made Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Solo Performance Nominated
2010 Mistakes Were Made Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated
2010 Mistakes Were Made Joseph Jefferson Award Actor in a Principal Role Nominated
2011 Take Shelter Austin Film Critics Association Best Actor Won
2011 Take Shelter Chicago Film Critics Association Best Actor Won
2011 Take Shelter New York Film Critics Online Best Actor Won
2011 Take Shelter San Diego Film Critics Society Best Actor Won
2011 Take Shelter Saturn Award Best Actor Won
2011 Take Shelter Toronto Film Critics Association Best Actor Won
2011 Take Shelter Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Actor Nominated
2011 Take Shelter Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Best Actor Nominated
2011 Take Shelter Detroit Film Critics Society Best Actor Nominated
2011 Take Shelter Gotham Awards Best Ensemble Cast Nominated
2011 Take Shelter Houston Film Critics Society Best Actor Nominated
2011 Take Shelter Independent Spirit Award Best Male Lead Nominated
2011 Take Shelter Online Film Critics Society Best Actor Nominated
2011 Take Shelter Satellite Award Best Actor – Motion Picture Nominated
2011 Take Shelter Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Actor Nominated
2011 Take Shelter Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Actor Nominated
2011 Boardwalk Empire Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won
2012 Boardwalk Empire Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won
2013 Boardwalk Empire Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2014 Boardwalk Empire Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kentucky Births, 1911-1999". Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. Frankfort, KY.
  2. ^ Tapley, Kristopher (December 24, 2008). "Interview:Michael Shannon". InContention.com. 
  3. ^ a b "Obituary & Guest Book Preview for Dr. Donald S. Shannon". Chicago Sun-Times. 
  4. ^ Dr. Donald S. Shannon . Chicago Tribune. November 24, 2008.
  5. ^ Oscar nominee Michael Shannon. Kentucky.com. February 22, 2009.[dead link]
  6. ^ Who's Who in the Midwest, 1982-1983 - Marquis Who's Who, LLC - Google Books. Books.google.ca. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  7. ^ "unknown title". Chicago Tribune. [dead link]
  8. ^ a b Edelstein, David (December 28, 2008). "Killer Instincts". New York Magazine. 
  9. ^ Phillips, Michael (January 22, 2009). "Early thoughts on the Oscar horse race". Chicago Tribune. 
  10. ^ Simon, Alex (January 22, 2009). "Michael Shannon: On the Road". Hollywood Interview blog. [dubious ]
  11. ^ Wood, Mark Dundas (May 23, 2007). "Catching the 'Bug'". Back Stage. 
  12. ^ Cole, David (April 7, 2008). "The Little Flower of East Orange - Theater". Time Out New York. 
  13. ^ Shoard, Catherine (22 January 2009). "Oscar nominations: How Michael Shannon stole Kate Winslet's glory". The Guardian (UK) (London). 
  14. ^ Hi-Res Image Gallery: 30 Stills from 'Jonah Hex'
  15. ^ [1][dead link]
  16. ^ "Take Shelter". Chicago Sun-Times. 
  17. ^ "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. 
  18. ^ "Mistakes Were Made". Stage Grade. 
  19. ^ Del Signore, John (2 December 2010). "Actor Michael Shannon, Mistakes Were Made". Gothamist. 
  20. ^ Kit, Borys (June 20, 2010). "Two joining Joseph Gordon-Levitt thriller". The Hollywood Reporter (e5 Global Media). Retrieved August 8, 2010. [dead link]
  21. ^ Kilday, Gregg (April 10, 2011). "Michael Shannon Set to Play Villain General Zod in 'Man of Steel'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2011-04-11. 
  22. ^ Eakin, Marah. "Corporal, Michael Shannon’s non-terrifying band, premières new track". A.V. Club Chicago. Retrieved 20 June 2012. 

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