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MICHAEL SHANNON (John Givings) grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, and began his professional stage career in Chicago. His first acting role was in Winterset at the Illinois Theatre Center. Over the next several years, he continued working on the stage with such companies as Steppenwolf, The Next Lab and A Red Orchid Theatre. He subsequently relocated to London for a year, and performed on stage in London's West End in such productions as "Woyzeck,” "Killer Joe” and "Bug.”

While in Chicago, Shannon also kept busy in front of movie and television cameras, most notably in William Friedkin's BUG and Oliver Stone's WORLD TRADE CENTER. KANGAROO JACK (2003) marked the third Jerry Bruckheimer production in which Shannon has appeared. He also appeared in BAD BOYS II (2003), directed by Michael Bay and starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, and in GRAND THEFT PARSONS (2003), with Johnny Knoxville and Christina Applegate.

He has most recently been seen in SHOTGUN STORIES, in Sidney Lumet's BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU'RE DEAD alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman, Albert Finney and Ethan Hawke and in Curtin Hanson's LUCKY YOU. His forthcoming films include Noah Buschel's THE MISSING PERSON, Oliver Stone's already-controversial W and THE GREATEST with Susan Sarandon and Pierce Brosnan. Finally, Michael will be working with Werner Herzog on the remake of THE BAD LT. before reuniting with the New York director of "Bug” for the New York production of "Lady.”

His many other credits include THE WOODSMAN, PEARL HARBOR, VANILLA SKY, 8 MILE, HIGH CRIMES, CECIL B. DEMENTED, TIGERLAND and CHICAGO CAB, an adaptation of the long-running play, "Hellcab.”


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