Michael Shannon Biography

Gender: Male

Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon is making his mark working with many of the industry's most honored talents and treading the boards in the world's most respected theatres. Upcoming this Fall, Shannon stars opposite Andrew Garfield in 99 Homes, and co-stars with Julianne Moore and Ellen Page in Freeheld. Also this year, Shannon will star in The Night Before opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Lizzy Caplan, and Jeff Nichol’s Midnight Special opposite Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Joel Edgerton and Sam Shepard. Shannon’s previous collaborations with Nichols include Take Shelter, for which he received a 2011 Film Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actor; as well as the films Mud and Shotgun Stories. Shannon recently completed production on Liza Johnson’s Elvis & Nixon opposite Kevin Spacey, Matthew M. Ross’ Frank and Lola opposite Imogen Poots, and Untitled Joshua Marston Project, co-starring opposite Rachel Weisz, Kathy Bates and Danny Glover. He is currently in production on Werner Herzog’s Salt and Fire, alongside Gael Garcia Bernal and Veronica Ferras, followed by Siofra Campbell’s The Price opposite Noomi Rapace. Most notably, Shannon made his mark in an Oscar-nominated supporting role in Revolutionary Road, directed by Sam Mendes, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and Kathy Bates. With over forty roles in film, Shannon's credits include John McNaughton's The Harvest, Jake Paltrow’s The Young Ones, Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, Ariel Vromen's The Iceman, David Koepp's Premium Rush, Liza Johnson's Return, Marc Forster's Machine Gun Preacher, Floria Sigismondi's The Runaways, Werner Herzog's My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done and Bad Lieutenant, Sydney Lumet's Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Oliver Stone's World Trade Center, William Friedkin's Bug, Curtis Hanson's Lucky You, Michael Bay's Bad Boys II, Curtis Hanson's 8 Mile, David McNally's Kangaroo Jack, Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky, Michael Bay's Pearl Harbor, John Waters' Cecil B. DeMented, Noah Buschel's The Missing Person and Shana Feste's The Greatest. For all his roles on screen, Shannon maintains a connection to theatre. In 2012, Shannon appeared opposite Paul Rudd, Ed Asner, and Kate Arrington in Grace at the Cort Theatre, for which he was nominated for a 2013 Distinguished Performance Drama League Award. In 2010, he led Craig Wright's Off-Broadway play, Mistakes Were Made, at the Barrow Street Theater, which earned him an Outstanding Lead Actor Lortel Award nomination, an Outstanding Actor in a Play Drama Desk Award nomination, an Outstanding Solo Performance Outer Critics Award nomination, and a Distinguished Performance Drama League Award nomination. Additional theatre credits include Uncle Vanya (Soho Rep Theatre), Our Town (Barrow Street Theatre), Lady (Rattlestick Theatre), The Metal Children (Vineyard Theatre), The Little Flower of East Orange (Public Theatre), The Pillowman and Man From Nebraska (Steppenwolf Theatre), Bug (Barrow Street Theatre, Red Orchid Theatre and Gate Theatre), Mr. Kolpert and The Killer (Red Orchid Theatre), Killer Joe (SoHo Playhouse, Next Lab Theatre and Vaudeville Theatre), The Idiot (Lookingglass Theatre) and Woyzeck (Gate Theatre). On television, Shannon’s credits include Martin Scorsese's HBO series, “Boardwalk Empire,” co-starring Steve Buscemi and Kelly MacDonald. Michael Shannon grew up in Lexington, Kentucky and began his professional stage career in Chicago, Illinois.

Michael Shannon Awards and Nominations

(winners are in red)

Drama Desk Awards - 2016 - Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Michael Shannon, Long Day's Journey Into Night
Drama League Awards - 2016 - Distinguished Performance Award
Michael Shannon, Long Day's Journey Into Night
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2016 - Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Michael Shannon, Long Day's Journey Into Night
Tony Awards - 2016 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Michael Shannon, Long Day's Journey Into Night
Drama League Awards - 2013 - Distinguished Performance Award
Michael Shannon, Grace
Drama Desk Awards - 2011 - Outstanding Actor in a Play
Michael Shannon, Mistakes Were Made
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2011 - Outstanding Solo Performance
Michael Shannon, Mistakes Were Made
The Lortels - 2011 - Outstanding Lead Actor
Michael Shannon, Mistakes Were Made
Obie Awards - 2004 - Performance
Michael Shannon, Bug
The Lortels - 2004 - Outstanding Lead Actor
Michael Shannon, Bug


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