ELVIS & NIXON
MICHAEL SHANNON (Elvis Presley) is an Academy Award and Golden
Globe Award nominee who continues to make his mark in entertainment, working
with the industry's most respected talent and treading the boards in notable
theaters around the world. He can now be seen in Jeff Nichols' Midnight Special,
a sci-fi thriller about a father (Shannon) who is desperate to protect his
uniquely gifted 8-year-old son (Jaeden Lieberher). Shannon leads opposite Joel
Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver and Sam Shepard.
Shannon's previous collaborations with Nichols include Take Shelter, for which
he received a 2011 Film Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actor, as
well as Mud and Shotgun Stories. Next, Shannon returns to Broadway to co-star
alongside Jessica Lange, Gabriel Byrne and John Gallagher Jr. in "Long Day's
Journey into Night."Produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company and directed by
Jonathan Kent, the play is the revival of Eugene O'Neill's landmark 1956 drama.
It opens April 19 at American Airlines Theatre.
Shannon has completed production on Werner Herzog's thriller Salt and Fire,
alongside Gael Garcia Bernal and Veronica Ferres; Bart Freundlich's Wolves,
opposite Carla Gugino; Jeff Nichols' Loving, with Ruth Negga; Tom Ford's
Nocturnal Animals, opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams in the film adaptation
of Austin Wright's 1993 novel Tony and Susan; and Seth Henrikson's Pottersville,
opposite Adam Scott.
Shannon was recently seen in the Joshua Marston drama Complete Unknown, opposite
Rachel Weisz. He plays a man who contemplates moving to a new state with his
wife for her graduate program, but things become complicated when an old flame
reenters his life. The film debuted at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and will
be released by Amazon Studios. Also premiering at Sundance was Matthew M. Ross'
Frank & Lola, with Shannon starring opposite Imogen Poots. The film will be
released by Universal later this year.
In 2015 Shannon starred opposite Andrew Garfield in Ramin Bahrani's 99 Homes, a
timely drama set against the backdrop of the economic crisis. Shannon played
Rick Carver, a charismatic and ruthless real-estate tycoon gaming the market and
the home banking system. For this performance he was nominated for Golden Globe,
Screen Actors Guild, Critics Choice, Gotham and Independent Spirit awards.
Additionally, Shannon played Mr. Green in Jonathan Levine's holiday comedy The
Night Before, opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie. The
actor also starred opposite Julianne Moore and Ellen Page in Peter Sollett's
drama Freeheld, based on the true story of Detective Laurel Hester and her
domestic partner Stacie Andree in their fight for equality.
Previously, Shannon garnered critical acclaim for his Oscar-nominated
supporting role in Revolutionary Road, directed by Sam Mendes and co-starring
Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and Kathy Bates.
With over 40 roles in film, Shannon's film credits include John McNaughton's The
Harvest, Jake Paltrow's Young Ones, Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, Ariel Vromen's
The Iceman, 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: Port of Call New Orleans, Sydney
Lumet's Before the Devil Knows You're 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.
On television, Shannon's credits include Martin Scorsese's HBO series "Boardwalk
Empire,"which recently completed its fifth and final season. Based on Nelson
Johnson's book of the same name, the hit show centers on an Atlantic City liquor
distribution ring at the onset of Prohibition. Shannon portrayed Nelson Van
Alden, a dedicated senior agent with the Treasury Department.
Outside of his roles on screen, Shannon maintains a strong connection to
theater. In 2012 he appeared opposite Paul Rudd, Ed Asner and Kate Arrington in
"Grace,"at the Cort Theatre. For his portrayal of Sam, a distrustful and lonely
computer genius who had recently lost his fiancee in a car accident, Shannon was
nominated for a 2013 Drama League Award (Distinguished Performance).
In 2010 Shannon starred in Craig Wright's Off Broadway play "Mistakes Were Made"
at the Barrow Street Theatre. The critically acclaimed production garnered
numerous accolades for Shannon, including Lortel Award, Drama Desk, Outer
Critics Circle and Drama League award nominations.
Additional theater credits include "Pilgrim's Progress,""Uncle Vanya,""Our
Town,""Lady,""The Metal Children,""The Little Flower of East Orange,""The
Pillowman,""Bug,""Man From Nebraska,""Mr. Kolpert,""Killer Joe,""The
Idiot,""The Killer"and "Woyzeck.ā€¯
Shannon grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, and began his professional stage career
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