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  • Real name : Michael Corbett Shannon
  • Place of birth : Lexington
  • Date of birth : 07/08/1974

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Michael Shannon (1974)

Michael Corbett Shannon

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Michael Corbett Shannon is an American stage, film, and television actor. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Revolutionary Road. He also appears on the critically acclaimed HBO series, Boardwalk Empire.

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 early life
Shannon was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and is a grandson of entomologist Raymond Corbett Shannon. His mother, Geraldine Hine, is a lawyer, and his father, Donald S. Shannon, was an accounting professor at DePaul University. He was raised by his divorced parents in both Kentucky and Chicago, Illinois.

 career
Shannon's first debut on film was starring as the main character in Every Mother's Nightmare's music video "House of Pain" where he played the troubled teenager who was running away from his abusive lifestyle.

He would later become a stage actor in Chicago, where he helped found the "A Red Orchid Theatre", where he still regularly performs. He has since worked with Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Northlight Theatre, and other acting companies. Shannon originated the role of Peter Evans in Bug in 2004 and also starred in the 2006 film adaptation with Ashley Judd and Harry Connick, Jr, directed by William Friedkin. His roles in Bug, Killer Joe, and Man From Nebraska 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-burg. 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 1997 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. Shannon will play a corrupt cop in the upcoming film Premium Rush, written and directed by David Koepp. 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 scheduled to run through February 27, 2012. Shannon had previously performed the show in 2009 at A Red Orchid Theatre in Chicago. In 2011, he was cast as General Zod, the villain in Zack Snyder's Superman reboot, Man of Steel.

 personal life
Shannon is in a relationship with actress Kate Arrington; they have one daughter, Sylvia, who was born in 2008.

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