Academy Award nominee MICHAEL SHANNON (Galen) is making his mark working with many of the industry's most honored talents and treading the boards in the world's most respected theatres.
Shannon next leads Ariel Vromen's The Iceman, opposite Chris Evans, Winona Ryder and Ray Liotta. Based on a true story, the film follows the true story of mob contract-killer and family-man "Richard Kuklinski," played by Shannon. The Iceman made its world premiere at the 2012 Venice Film Festival and its North American premiere at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. This summer, Shannon will be seen in Zack Snyder's much anticipated Superman reboot, Man of Steel, starring as "General Zod," opposite Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and Diane Lane.
Currently, Shannon is in production on The Young Ones, written and directed by Jake Patrow. He recently completed John McNaughton's The Harvest, starring alongside Samantha Morton and Peter Fonda.
Upcoming, Shannon will begin production on season four of Martin Scorsese's HBO series, Boardwalk Empire. The show won a 2011 Golden Globe award for Best Television Series -- Drama as well as 2011 and 2012 Screen Actors Guild awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. In addition, it was nominated for Emmy awards for Outstanding Drama Series in 2011 and 2012 and a 2012 and 2013 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series Drama.
In 2011, Shannon starred in Take Shelter, his second teaming with Mud director Jeff Nichols. The film premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and won the Critics Week Grand Prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. For his widely critically acclaimed performance, Shannon was nominated in the Best Actor category for a 2011 Film Independent Spirit Award. In his first collaboration with Jeff Nichols, Shannon starred as "Son Hayes" in Shotgun Stories.
Most notably, Shannon made his mark opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in an Oscar-nominated supporting role in Sam Mendes' Revolutionary Road.
Other film credits include David Koepp's Premium Rush; Liza Johnson's Return; Marc Forster's Machine Gun Preacher; 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 maintains a connection to theatre. In 2010, he led Craig Wright's off-Broadway play, Mistakes Were Made, at the Barrow Street Theater. 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).
Additional theatre credits include Grace (Cort Theatre), Uncle Vanya (Soho Rep Theatre), 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, Illinois.
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