Michael Corbett Shannon
August 7, 1974
|Relatives||Raymond Corbett Shannon (grandfather)|
Michael Corbett Shannon (born August 7, 1974) is an American actor, producer, musician, and theatre director. He has been nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his roles in the Sam Mendes period drama Revolutionary Road (2008) and the Tom Ford psychological thriller Nocturnal Animals (2016). He earned Screen Actors Guild Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for his role in 99 Homes (2014), and a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Play for the Broadway revival of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night (2016).
Shannon made his film debut in 1993 with Groundhog Day and received widespread attention for his performance in 8 Mile (2002). He is known for his on-screen versatility, performing in both comedies and dramas such as Pearl Harbor (2001), Bad Boys II (2003), Bug (2006), Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007), Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009), The Iceman (2012), Premium Rush (2012), The Night Before (2015), The Shape of Water (2017) and Knives Out (2019). He played Superman's Kryptonian adversary General Zod in Man of Steel (2013) and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), and is set to reprise the role in The Flash (2023). Shannon is a frequent collaborator of Jeff Nichols, appearing in all of his films: Shotgun Stories (2007), Take Shelter (2011), Mud (2012), Midnight Special, and Loving (both 2016). He is also known for his role as Nelson Van Alden in the HBO period drama series Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014), for which he was nominated for three Screen Actors Guild Awards. In 2021, he had a main role in the Hulu drama miniseries Nine Perfect Strangers.
Shannon was born in Lexington, Kentucky, to Donald Sutherlin Shannon, an accounting professor at DePaul University, and Geraldine Hine, a lawyer. His paternal grandfather was entomologist Raymond Corbett Shannon.
After Shannon's parents divorced, he alternated time with them, living with his mother in Lexington, Kentucky, and in Chicago, Illinois, with his father. He even attended high schools in both states: New Trier Township High School in Winnetka, Illinois, for two years; then in Kentucky for his junior year; returning to Chicago for his senior year, where he attended Evanston Township High School for a semester before dropping out.
Shannon's first film role was as the main character in the music video for the Every Mother's Nightmare song "House of Pain", in which he played a troubled teenager who was running away from his abusive home. He later became a stage actor in Chicago. He helped fund A Red Orchid Theatre, where he still regularly performs. He has since worked with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Northlight Theatre, and other acting companies. Shannon originated the role of Peter Evans in Bug in 1996 and also starred in the 2006 film adaptation with Ashley Judd and Harry Connick Jr., directed by William Friedkin. His roles in Bug and Killer Joe were written by Steppenwolf ensemble member Tracy Letts.
Shannon made his film debut with a small role in Groundhog Day in 1993 as a wedding groom. Later, he had roles in Jesus' Son, Pearl Harbor, 8 Mile and Vanilla Sky. He played the villain in Kangaroo Jack. After a role in Bad Boys II, he had a major role in Grand Theft Parsons as the hippie, Larry Oster-Berg. In 2006, he played Lynard, the leader of a prison white supremacist group, in Let's Go to Prison. Shannon has appeared in several shows in the West End in London, including a production of Woyzeck directed by Sarah Kane. In 2008, Shannon was featured in the off-Broadway production of Stephen Adly Guirgis's The Little Flower of East Orange, presented by LAByrinth Theater Company and The Public Theater, directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman and also featuring Ellen Burstyn.
In 2008, he starred in the romantic drama film Revolutionary Road, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. His performance as the clinically insane son earned him universal acclaim, and won the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. In 2010, he portrayed Doc Cross Williams in the film adaptation of Jonah Hex. Shannon played Federal Prohibition agent Nelson Van Alden in the HBO television show Boardwalk Empire, which began in 2010. In November of that year, he began starring in the one man play Mistakes Were Made at the Barrow Street Theatre in New York City, with performances having run through February 27, 2012. Shannon had previously performed the show in 2009 at A Red Orchid Theatre in Chicago.
In 2011, Shannon starred in the drama film Take Shelter. He received rave reviews for his performance, and a Saturn Award for Best Actor. In 2012, he played a corrupt cop in the film Premium Rush, written and directed by David Koepp, and appeared on Broadway along with Paul Rudd and Ed Asner in Grace written by Craig Wright. In 2013, he starred as legendary mob hitman Richard Kuklinski in The Iceman, which was distributed in May 2013. His performance received much acclaim from critics. Also that year, Shannon portrayed General Zod, the main antagonist in Zack Snyder's film Man of Steel. Shannon portrayed music icon Elvis Presley alongside Kevin Spacey as President Richard Nixon in Elvis & Nixon.
In 2015, he was seen in the biographical drama film Freeheld, as well as the independent drama film 99 Homes as housing agent Rick Carver, a role that earned him widespread critical acclaim, and nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role. 2015 was also the release year for The Night Before where Shannon played Mr. Green alongside Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
The following year, he starred in the psychological thriller film Nocturnal Animals, alongside Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal. His performance as a detective investigating a double homicide garnered him critical acclaim, and he received his second nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
In 2017, Shannon played Col. Richard Strickland in Guillermo del Toro's romantic fantasy film The Shape of Water, co-starring with Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Octavia Spencer. The film had its world premiere at the 74th Venice International Film Festival, where it won the Golden Lion. In 2018, he played the lead role as Gary Noesner in Waco on Paramount Network. He also featured in the short film Long Way Back Home, which serves as an extended film-clip for the song of the same name by Memphis country-punk rock band, Lucero from their album Among The Ghosts. Lucero's frontman, Ben Nichols, is the older brother of frequent Shannon collaborator, Jeff Nichols. Shannon also contributed spoken world vocals to Lucero's "Back To The Night", also from Among The Ghosts.
In 2019, Shannon portrayed Walt Thrombey in Rian Johnson's mystery film Knives Out, which featured an ensemble cast starring Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, and Christopher Plummer.
In 2021, Shannon played Napoleon Marconi in the Hulu miniseries Nine Perfect Strangers, based on the novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty, which features Nicole Kidman in the lead role, alongside Melissa McCarthy, Luke Evans, Samara Weaving, Asher Keddie, and Bobby Cannavale.
In December 2021, Warner Bros. announced that Shannon would be reprising his role as General Zod in the upcoming Flash film.
In 2002, Shannon formed the indie rock band Corporal, along with Ray Rizzo and Rob Beitzel. Shannon sings and writes lyrics for the band. In 2010, Corporal released their self-titled debut album. Following the album's release two MP3 tracks have been released for download. The first track "Glory" was released in 2011 and the second song titled "Obama" was released in June 2012 as the band's way of endorsing President Obama's run for reelection.
Shannon married actress Kate Arrington in 2018, whom he has dated since 2002. They have two daughters, Sylvie (born 2008) and Marion (born 2011). They live in the neighborhood of Red Hook located in the New York City borough of Brooklyn.
|Denotes works that have not yet been released|
|1996||Chain Reaction||Flower Delivery Man|
|1997||Chicago Cab||Crack Head|
|Cecil B. Demented||Petie|
|Mullitt||Phil Kunz||Short film|
|2001||Pearl Harbor||Lt. Gooz Wood|
|New Port South||John Stanton|
|2002||High Crimes||Troy Abbott|
|8 Mile||Greg Buehl|
|2003||Kangaroo Jack||Frankie Lombardo|
|Bad Boys II||Floyd Poteet|
|Grand Theft Parsons||Larry Oster-Berg|
|Zamboni Man||Walt, Zamboni Man||Short film|
|World Trade Center||Dave Karnes|
|Let's Go to Prison||Lynard|
|2007||Shotgun Stories||Son Hayes|
|Lucky You||Ray Zumbro|
|Before the Devil Knows You're Dead||Dex|
|2008||Revolutionary Road||John Givings, Jr.|
|2009||The Missing Person||John Rosow|
|Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans||Mundt|
|The Greatest||Jordan Walker|
|My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?||Brad McCullum|
|2010||The Runaways||Kim Fowley|
|Herbert White||Herbert White||Short film|
|Jonah Hex||Dr. Cross Williams|
|2011||Take Shelter||Curtis LaForche|
|The Broken Tower||Emile Opffer|
|Machine Gun Preacher||Donnie|
|Premium Rush||Bobby Monday|
|The Iceman||Richard Kuklinski|
|Happy Hour||Just Mike||Short film|
|2013||Man of Steel||General Zod|
|The Harvest||Richard Young|
|2014||Young Ones||Ernest Holm|
|They Came Together||Spike||Cameo|
|She's Funny That Way||Policeman Macy's||Cameo|
|99 Homes||Rick Carver|
|The Night Before||Mr. Green|
|Frank & Lola||Frank Reilly|
|Midnight Special||Roy Tomlin|
|Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice||General Zod||Credit only[N 1]|
|Poor Boy||Blayde Griggs|
|Elvis & Nixon||Elvis Presley||Also executive producer|
|Salt and Fire||Matt Riley|
|Nocturnal Animals||Det. Bobby Andes|
|2017||The Shape of Water||Col. Richard Strickland|
|The Current War||George Westinghouse|
|2018||12 Strong||CWO. Hal Spencer|||
|What They Had||Nicky Everhardt||Also executive producer|
|State Like Sleep||Edward|
|2019||Knives Out||Walt Thrombey|||
|2020||The Quarry||Chief Moore||Also executive producer|
|Echo Boomers||Mel Donnelly|||
|2021||Heart of Champions||Jack Murphy||Also producer|
|2022||Night's End||Isaac Dees|
|Bullet Train||White Death|
|2023||The Flash||General Zod||Post-production|
|1992||Overexposed||Young Man||Television film|
|Angel Street||Patrick Mulligan||Television film|
|1998, 1999||Early Edition||Merle / Mr. Andrews||2 episodes|
|1999||Turks||Man #1||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2005||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Avery Shaw||Episode: "Quarry"|
|2009||Delocated||Mark||Episode: "Sick of It!"|
|2010–2014||Boardwalk Empire||Nelson Van Alden/George Mueller||35 episodes|
|2017–2020||At Home with Amy Sedaris||Various||3 episodes|
|2018||Waco||Gary Noesner||6 episodes; also executive producer|
|Fahrenheit 451||Captain Beatty||Television film|
|The Little Drummer Girl||Martin Kurtz||6 episodes|
|Our Cartoon President||Narrator (voice)||Episode: "Election Special 2018"|
|Room 104||Nathan||Episode: "Swipe Right"|
|2021||Nine Perfect Strangers||Napoleon Marconi||8 episodes|
|TBA||George & Tammy||George Jones|
|1991||Loving Little Egypt||Humberhill||Griffin Theatre Company|
|1992||Fun and Nobody||Denny||Next Theatre Company|
|1993–1994||Killer Joe||Chris Smith||Next Theatre Company, EFF|
|1995||Victims of Duty||The Detective||A Red Orchid Theatre|
|1996||Bug||Peter Evans||Gate Theatre|
|1998||Killer Joe||Chris Smith||Soho Playhouse|
|1999||The Killer||Berenger||A Red Orchid Theatre|
|1999||The Idiot||Parfyon Rogozhin||Lookingglass Theatre|
|2001||Bug||Peter Evans||A Red Orchid Theatre|
|2002||Finer Noble Gases||Lynch||Actors Theatre of Louisville|
|2004–2005||Bug||Peter Evans||Barrow Street Theatre|
|2005||Gagarin Way||Eddie||A Red Orchid Theatre|
|2006||The Pillowman||Michal||Steppenwolf Theatre Company|
|2006||Hunger and Thirst||Director||A Red Orchid Theatre|
|2008||The Little Flower of East Orange||Danny||The Public Theater|
|2008||The Metal Children||Tobin Falmouth||Vineyard Theatre|
|2008||Lady||Kenny||Rattlestick Playwrights Theater|
|2009||Mistakes Were Made||Felix Artifex||A Red Orchid Theatre|
|2010||Our Town||Stage Manager||Barrow Street Theatre|
|2010–2011||Mistakes Were Made||Felix Artifex||Barrow Street Theatre|
|2012||Uncle Vanya||Mikhail Lvovich Astrov||Soho Repertory Theatre|
|2013||Simpatico||Lyle Carter||A Red Orchid Theatre|
|2014||The Killer||Berenger||Theatre for a New Audience|
|2015||Pilgrim's Progress||Jim McKee||A Red Orchid Theatre|
|2016||Long Day's Journey into Night||James Tyrone Jr.||American Airlines Theatre|
|2017||Simpatico||Lyle Carter||McCarter Theatre Center|
|2018||Traitor||—||A Red Orchid Theatre||As director|
|2018||Victims of Duty||The Detective||A Red Orchid Theatre|
|2019||Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune||Johnny||Broadhurst Theatre|