Michael Shannon

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Michael Shannon
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Born (1974-08-07) August 7, 1974 (age 42)
Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.
Residence New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor, musician
Years active 1991–present
Partner(s) Kate Arrington (2002–present)
Children 2

Michael Corbett Shannon (born August 7, 1974)[1][2] 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).

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] 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 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]

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 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.[21] 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.

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.[22] 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.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Shannon is in a relationship with actress Kate Arrington; they have two daughters, Sylvia and Marion. They live in the neighborhood of Red Hook located in the New York City borough of Brooklyn.[24]

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."[25][26]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes
1993 Groundhog Day Fred Harold Ramis
1996 Chain Reaction Flower delivery man Andrew Davis
1997 Chicago Cab Crackhead Mary Cybulski & John Tintori
1999 Jesus' Son Dundun Alison Maclean
1999 The Ride Jimmy Jeff Myers
2000 The Photographer Maurice Jeremy Stein
2000 Tigerland Randy Charles Joel Schumacher
2000 Cecil B. Demented Petie John Waters
2000 Mullitt Pat Healy Short film
2001 Pearl Harbor Lt. Gooz Wood Michael Bay
2001 New Port South Stanton Kyle Cooper
2001 Vanilla Sky Aaron Cameron Crowe
2002 High Crimes Troy Abbott Carl Franklin
2002 8 Mile Greg Buehl Curtis Hanson
2003 Kangaroo Jack Frankie Lombardo David McNally
2003 Bad Boys II Floyd Poteet Michael Bay
2003 Grand Theft Parsons Larry Oster-Berg David Caffrey
2004 Water Bobby Matherson Jennifer Houlton
2004 Criminal Gene Gregory Jacobs
2004 Dead Birds Clyde Alex Turner
2004 Zamboni Man Walt Seth Henrikson Short film
2004 The Woodsman Rosen Nicole Kassell
2006 Bug Peter Evans William Friedkin
2006 World Trade Center Dave Karnes Oliver Stone
2006 Let's Go to Prison Lynard Bob Odenkirk
2006 Marvelous John Síofra Campbell
2007 Shotgun Stories Son Hayes Jeff Nichols
2007 Blackbird Murl Adam Rapp
2007 Lucky You Ray Zumbro Curtis Hanson
2007 Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Dex Sidney Lumet
2008 Revolutionary Road John Givings Sam Mendes
2009 The Missing Person John Rosow Noah Buschel
2009 Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans Mundt Werner Herzog
2009 My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done? Brad McCullum Werner Herzog
2010 The Runaways Kim Fowley Floria Sigismondi
2010 Herbert White Herbert James Franco Short film
2010 13 Henry Géla Babluani
2010 Jonah Hex Dr. Cross Williams Jimmy Hayward
2011 Take Shelter Curtis LaForche Jeff Nichols
2011 Return Mike Liza Johnson
2011 The Broken Tower Emile James Franco
2011 Machine Gun Preacher Donnie Marc Forster
2012 Mud Uncle Galen Jeff Nichols
2012 Premium Rush Bobby Monday David Koepp
2012 The Iceman Richard Kuklinski Ariel Vromen
2012 Happy Hour Just Mike Brian Devine Short film
2013 Man of Steel General Zod Zack Snyder
2013 The Harvest Richard John McNaughton
2014 Young Ones Ernest Holm Jake Paltrow
2014 They Came Together Spike David Wain Cameo
2014 She's Funny That Way Policeman Macy's Peter Bogdanovich Cameo
2014 99 Homes Rick Carver Ramin Bahrani
2015 Freeheld Dane Wells Peter Sollett
2015 The Night Before Mr. Green Jonathan Levine
2016 Complete Unknown Tom Joshua Marston
2016 Frank & Lola Frank Matthew Ross
2016 Midnight Special Roy Jeff Nichols
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice General Zod Zack Snyder Cameo
2016 Wolves Lee Keller Bart Freundlich
2016 Poor Boy Blayde Griggs Robert Scott Wildes
2016 Elvis & Nixon Elvis Presley Liza Johnson Also executive producer
2016 Loving Grey Villet Jeff Nichols
2016 Salt and Fire Matt Riley Werner Herzog
2016 Nocturnal Animals Det. Bobby Andes Tom Ford
2017 The Price Siofra Campbell Post-production
2017 Pottersville Maynard Seth Henrikson Post-production
2017 The Shape of Water Guillermo del Toro Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Overexposed Young man Television film
1992 Angel Street Patrick Mulligan Television film
1998–1999 Early Edition Merle / Mr. Andrews 2 episodes
1999 Turks Man 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 35 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
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
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[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 – Motion Picture Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Nominated
St. Louis Gateway 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 Nominated
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Best Actor Nominated
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 – Motion Picture 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
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award Best Supporting Actor Won
Gotham Award Best Actor Nominated
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award Best Supporting Actor Won
Toronto Film Critics Association Award Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2016 Chicago Film Critics Association Award Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Golden Globe Award Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Critics' Choice Award Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Houston Film Critics Society Award 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
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
Critics' Choice Awards Best Supporting Actor Pending

References[edit]

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  3. ^ a b "Obituary & Guest Book Preview for Dr. Donald S. Shannon". Chicago Sun-Times. 
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  7. ^ "unknown title". Chicago Tribune. [dead link]
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  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'". Backstage. 
  12. ^ Cole, David (April 7, 2008). "The Little Flower of East Orange – Theater". Time Out New York. 
  13. ^ Shoard, Catherine (January 22, 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'
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  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 (December 2, 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. Archived from the original on June 25, 2010. Retrieved August 8, 2010. 
  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 June 20, 2012. 
  23. ^ Pearis, Bill. "Michael Shannon's band Corporal endorses Obama (MP3), playing Fontana's". Brooklyn Vegan. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  24. ^ Kaufman, Joanne. "Michael Shannon Finds Balance on the Waterfront". The New York Times. 
  25. ^ "Senior citizen Trump votes for himself in the 2016 U.S. presidential election". politico.com. Retrieved November 19, 2016. 
  26. ^ "Michael Shannon: Don't talk to your Trump-voting relatives". www.metro.us. Retrieved November 19, 2016. 

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