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Michael Shannon

Michael Shannon received an Academy Award nomination for his supporting role performance in Sam Mendes' Revolutionary Road, based on the novel by Richard Yates, adapted by Justin Haythe, and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and Kathy Bates. He was most recently seen in Floria Sigismondi's The Runaways, opposite Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning. He'll next be seen in Gela Babluani's 13, with Mickey Rourke.

Shannon has been in over 30 films, including 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; Bug for director William Friedkin; Curtis Hanson's Lucky You and 8 Mile; Michael Bay's Bad Boys II and Pearl Harbor; Kangaroo Jack for director David McNally; Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky; Cecil B. DeMented for director John Waters; Noah Buschel's The Missing Person; and Shana Feste's The Greatest.

He is also currently on stage off-broadway in David Cromer's acclaimed production of Thornton Wilder's Our Town at the Barrow Street Theatre. His other stage credits include Lady, at the Rattelstick Theatre; The Metal Children at the Vineyard Theater; The Little Flower of East Orange at the Public Theater; Steppenwolf Theatre's The Pillowman and Man From Nebraska; Bug, at the Barrow Street, Red Orchid and Gate Theatre; Mr. Kolpert at the Red Orchid Theatre; Killer Joe at the Soho Playhouse, Next Lab and Vaudeville Theatre; The Idiot at the Looking Glass Theatre; Killer at the Red Orchid Theatre; and Woyzeck at the Gate Theatre.

This fall, Shannon will be seen playing opposite Steve Buscemi in Martin Scorsese's highly anticipated HBO series, Boardwalk Empire, set in Atlantic City at the dawn of Prohibition.

He grew up in Lexington, Kentucky and began his professional stage career in Chicago.

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Michael Shannon Facts

BirthplaceLexington, Kentucky, USA

Selected Filmography

99 Homes
2:00 A.M.
The Night Before
This Thing with Sarah
Nocturnal Animals
8:00 A.M.
Shotgun Stories
Elvis & Nixon
Complete Unknown
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