Academy Award nominee MICHAEL SHANNON (Richard Kuklinski) 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 is currently starring in Chekhov's Uncle Vanya at the Soho Rep Theatre. Directed by Sam Gold in conjunction with playwright Annie Baker, Shannon portrays 'Doctor Astrov' alongside a top-notch cast that includes Reed Birney, Merritt Wever, Maria Dizzia, and Georgia Engel. The intimate and immersive production has earned rave reviews and extended its run in response to sold-out houses.
Shannon starred in David Koepp's Premium Rush, opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The film is an action story set in New York City, centering on a bike messenger who picks up a package at Columbia University and subsequently catches the attention of a dirty cop. Sony Pictures released the film on August 24, 2012.
Last fall, Shannon made his Broadway debut in Grace, reuniting with Award-winning writer Craig Wright and director Dexter Bullard. He will be starring alongside Paul Rudd, Kate Arrington, and Ed Asner in this highly anticipated production at The Cort Theatre. The play follows a wide-eyed young couple as they look to start a new life in Florida and become entangled with their agitated neighbor.
Following that, he will be seen Zack Snyder's much anticipated Superman reboot, Man of Steel, starring as 'General Zod,' opposite Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and Diane Lane. Warner Bros. will release the film June 14, 2013.
Shannon will also soon appear in Jeff Nichols' third feature film, Mud, opposite Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Sam Shepard, and Sarah Paulson. The film is a coming-of-age drama about two fourteen-year-old boys who encounter a mysterious fugitive hiding out on an island in Mississippi. Intrigued by this man, they enter into a pact to help him evade capture and reconnect with the love of his life. Mud recently premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
Shannon is currently in production on season three of Martin Scorsese's HBO series, Boardwalk Empire, co-starring Steve Buscemi and Kelly Macdonald. Based on Nelson Johnson's book of the same name, the series centers on an Atlantic City liquor distribution ring at the onset of Prohibition. In the series, Shannon portrays 'Nelson Van Alden,' a dedicated senior agent with the Treasury Department who has a strong interest in controlling bootlegging. 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 Golden Globe Award for 'Best Television Series -- Drama.'
In 2011, Shannon was seen starring in Take Shelter, in which he re-teamed with director Jeff Nichols and plays opposite Jessica Chastain and Shea Whigham. In the film, he plays a working-class husband and father who questions whether his terrifying dreams of an apocalyptic storm signal something real to come or the onset of an inherited mental illness he's feared his whole life. 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 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 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. 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).
Additional theatre 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).