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Academy Award® nominee MICHAEL SHANNON is making his mark working with many of the industry's most honored talent and treading the boards in the world's most respected theatres.

In Take Shelter, Shannon re-teams with Jeff Nichols and stars alongside Jessica Chastain and Shea Whigham. In 2007, he first collaborated with Jeff Nichols starring as ‘Son Hayes' in the critically acclaimed Shotgun Stories.

This September, Shannon will be seen in Marc Forster's Machine Gun Preacher opposite Gerard Butler and Michelle Monaghan. The film follows the story of ‘Sam Childers,' a former drug-dealing biker who found God and became a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese children who've been forced to become soldiers. The film is set to be released by Relativity on September 23, 2011. Following that, Shannon will be seen in of Martin Scorsese's HBO series, Boardwalk Empire, co-starring Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt and Kelly Macdonald. Based on Nelson Johnson's book, the series centers on an Atlantic City liquor distribution ring at the onset of Prohibition. Shannon plays ‘Nelson Van Alden,' a dedicated senior agent with the Treasury Department who has a strong interest in controlling bootlegging. The second season premieres September 25, 2011.

Upcoming, Shannon has David Koepp's Premium Rush, opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The film is an action story set in New York City where a bike messenger picks up a package at Columbia University and subsequently catches the attention of a dirty cop. Sony Pictures has slated the release for January 13, 2012.

Shannon is currently in production on Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, starring as ‘General Zod,' opposite Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and Diane Lane. Warner Bros. is slated to release the film on June 14, 2013. Prior to that, Shannon completed production on Liza Johnson's Return, which premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival as part of the ‘Director's Fortnight.' Starring Linda Cardellini, the film centers on a female soldier who comes home after serving overseas. Shannon plays opposite star Cardellini as her husband.

Last year, Shannon led Craig Wright's off-Broadway play, Mistakes Were Made, at the Barrow Street Theater. Directed by Dexter Bullard, Shannon portrays ‘Felix Artifex,' a small time theatre producer who gets in way over his fast-talking head when he takes on an epic about the French Revolution. The play received its world premiere at A Red Orchid Theatre in Chicago in 2009 with the same cast and director. The critically acclaimed production garnered numerous accolades for Shannon, including 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 as well as a listing on Time Magazine's ‘Top 10 Everything of 2010' (Top 10 Plays and Musicals).

Most notably, Shannon made his mark in an Oscar®-nominated supporting role in Revolutionary Road, playing ‘John Givings', the psychologically troubled neighbor's son. Directed by Sam Mendes and adapted by Justin Haythe, the film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and Kathy Bates.

With over thirty roles in film, Shannon's credits include 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 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 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 has maintained a connection to theatre and credits include Our Town (Barrow Street Theatre), Lady (Rattlestick Theatre), The Metal Children (Vineyard Theatre), The Little Flower of East Orange (Public Theatre), The Pillowman (Steppenwolf Theatre), Bug (Barrow Street Theatre, Red Orchid Theatre and Gate Theatre), Man From Nebraska (Steppenwolf Theatre), Mr. Kolpert (Red Orchid Theatre), Killer Joe (SoHo Playhouse, Next Lab Theatre and Vaudeville Theatre), The Idiot (Lookingglass Theatre), The Killer (Red Orchid Theatre) and Woyzeck (Gate Theatre).

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

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