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MICHAEL SHANNON (Nicky, Executive Producer) is an Academy Award, Golden Globe and Tony Award nominee who continues to make his mark in entertainment, working with the industry's most respected talents and treading the boards in notable theaters around the world. Most notably, 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. He went on to receive additional acclaim for Ramin Bahrani's timely drama 99 Homes, co-starring opposite Andrew Garfield. Against the backdrop of the economic crisis, Shannon portrayed a charismatic and ruthless real estate tycoon gaming the market and home-banking system. He was nominated for Golden Globe, SAG, Critics' Choice, Gotham and Independent Spirit awards.

Most recently, Shannon was seen in Guillermo del Toro's Best Picture winner The Shape of Water, costarring Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and Octavia Spencer. Shannon's other recent projects include Nicolai Fuglsig's 12 Strong, opposite Chris Hemsworth; John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle's miniseries "Waco," co-starring Taylor Kitsch as the notorious David Koresh; Meredith Danluck's State Like Sleep, alongside Katherine Waterston; Seth Henrikson's Pottersville, opposite Thomas Lennon and Judy Greer; Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's The Current War, with Benedict Cumberbatch; and HBO's "Fahrenheit 451," opposite Michael B. Jordan.

In 2016 Shannon received Academy Award and Critics' Choice nominations for his performance in Tom Ford's Nocturnal Animals, co-starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Adams and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Earlier that year Shannon appeared in the acclaimed drama Loving and re-teamed with director Jeff Nichols in the scifi thriller Midnight Special. Their previous collaborations include Take Shelter, for which Shannon received a 2011 Independent Spirit nomination for Best Actor, as well as Mud and Shotgun Stories.

The actor's other film credits include Werner Herzog's Salt and Fire, Bart Freundlich's Wolves, Matthew M. Ross' Frank & Lola, Joshua Marston's Complete Unknown, Liza Johnson's Elvis & Nixon, Jonathan Levine's The Night Before, Peter Sollett's Freeheld, Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, 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, Sidney 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 and Pearl Harbor, Curtis Hanson's 8 Mile, Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky and John Waters' Cecil B. DeMented.

On television, Shannon's credits include Martin Scorsese's HBO series "Boardwalk Empire," which aired for five seasons. Based on Nelson Johnson's book of the same name, the hit show centered on an Atlantic City liquor distribution ring at the onset of Prohibition. Shannon portrayed a dedicated senior agent with the Treasury Department who has a strong interest in controlling bootlegging.

Outside of his roles on screen, Shannon maintains a strong connection to theater. Most recently, Shannon returned to Red Orchard Theatre to direct the world premiere of "Traitor," Brett Neveu's adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's "An Enemy of the People." Shannon was also seen in the Red Orchid revival of of Sam Shepard's "Simpatico." He co-starred on Broadway with Jessica Lange and Gabriel Byrne in "Long Day's Journey Into Night," which earned Shannon a Tony nomination and a 2016 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play.

Shannon was also seen in "Grace" at the Cort Theatre, co-starring Paul Rudd, Ed Asner and Kate Arrington (Drama League Award nomination), and "Mistakes Were Made," at the Barrow Street Theater (Lortel, Drama Desk and Drama League nominations). His other 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."

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

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