MICHAEL SHANNON is one of the most gifted actors of his generation; making his mark having worked with many of the industry's most honored talent and treading the boards in the world's most respected theatres.
In February 2009, Shannon was nominated for an Academy Award for his supporting role in Revolutionary Road, based on the revealing novel by Richard Yates. Set in the 1950s, Revolutionary Road is an incisive portrait of an American marriage seen through the eyes of a young suburban couple. Directed by Sam Mendes and adapted by Justin Haythe, the film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and Kathy Bates.
Shannon is currently in production on Boardwalk Empire, HBO's look at the history of Atlantic City and the rise of organized crime directed by Martin Scorses, and is currently starring in Our Town at the Barrow Street Theater in New York.
He recently appeared as the lead role in Noah Buschel's The Missing Person, co-starring Amy Ryan and Frank Wood. In the film, Shannon played a private detective charged with uncovering the motivation of a man hiding his identity as a person who was presumed dead in the September 11th attacks. He also appeared in Shana Feste's The Greatest and Werner Herzog's Bad Lieutenant.
With over thirty roles in film, Shannon's credits include Sydney Lumet's Before the Devil Knows Your 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 MileĀø David McNally's Kangaroo Jack, Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky, Michael Bay's Pearl Harbor and John Waters' Cecil B. DeMented.
For all of his roles on screen, Shannon has maintained a connection to theatre where credits include Lady (Rattelstick Theatre), The Metal Children (Vineyard Theater), The Little Flower of East Orange (Public Theater), The Pillowman (Steppenwolf Theater), Bug (Barrowstreet Theatre, Red Orchid Theatre and Gate Theatre), Man From Nebraska (Steppenwolf Theatre), Mr. Kolpert (A Red Orchid Theatre), Killer Joe (Soho Playhouse, Next Lab and Vaudeville Theatre), The Idiot (Looking Glass Theatre), Killer (Red Orchid Theatre) and Woyzeck (Gate Theatre).
In the summer of 2009, he returned to Chicago theatre to premiere Mistakes Were Made, a one-man show written by Craig Wright received with rave reviews at A Red Orchid Theatre.
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