Michael Shannon

Actor, Stage director
Character actor Michael Shannon earned his reputation as an intense, magnetic performer on the Chicago stage before making the leap to features in the early 1990s. Once there, he captured the attention of audiences with ... Read more »
Born: 08/07/1974 in Lexington, Kentucky, USA


Actor (64)

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016 (Movie)

Zod (Actor)

Complete Unknown 2016 (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

Elvis & Nixon 2016 (Movie)

Elvis (Actor)

Loving 2016 (Movie)

Grey Villet (Actor)

Midnight Special 2016 (Movie)

Roy (Actor)

Nocturnal Animals 2016 (Movie)

Edward (Actor)

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014, 2016 (Tv Show)


99 Homes 2015 (Movie)

Rick Carver (Actor)

Boardwalk Empire 2010 - 2015 (TV Show)


Frank and Lola 2015 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Freeheld 2015 (Movie)

Dane Wells (Actor)

She's Funny That Way 2015 (Movie)

Policeman Macy's (Actor)

The Harvest 2015 (Movie)

Richard (Actor)

The Night Before 2015 (Movie)

Mr. Green (Actor)

They Came Together 2014 (Movie)

Spike (Actor)

Water 2014 (Movie)


Young Ones 2014 (Movie)

Ernest Holm (Actor)

Man of Steel 2013 (Movie)

General Zod (Actor)

Mud 2013 (Movie)

Galen (Actor)

The Iceman 2013 (Movie)

Richard Kuklinski (Actor)

Premium Rush 2012 (Movie)

Bobby Monday (Actor)

Return 2012 (Movie)

Mike (Actor)

The 2012 Independent Spirit Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)


The Broken Tower 2012 (Movie)

Emile (Actor)

13 2011 (Movie)

Henry (Actor)

Machine Gun Preacher 2011 (Movie)

Donnie (Actor)

Take Shelter 2011 (Movie)

Curtis LaForche (Actor)

Jonah Hex 2010 (Movie)

Doc Cross Williams (Actor)

The Greatest 2010 (Movie)

Jordan Walker (Actor)

The Runaways 2010 (Movie)

Kim Fowley (Actor)

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans 2009 (Movie)

Mundt (Actor)

Herbert White 2009 (Movie)


My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done 2009 (Movie)

Brad McCullum (Actor)

The Missing Person 2009 (Movie)

John Rosow (Actor)

Marvelous 2008 (Movie)

John (Actor)

Revolutionary Road 2008 (Movie)

John Givings (Actor)

The Chemical Wedding 2008 (Movie)

Alex (Actor)

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead 2007 (Movie)

Dex (Actor)

Bug 2007 (Movie)

Peter Evans (Actor)

Lucky You 2007 (Movie)

Ray Zumbro (Actor)

Shotgun Stories 2007 (Movie)

Son Hayes (Actor)

Let's Go To Prison 2006 (Movie)

Lynard (Actor)

World Trade Center 2006 (Movie)

Dave Karnes (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2005 (Tv Show)


Criminal 2004 (Movie)

Gene (Actor)

Grand Theft Parsons 2004 (Movie)

Larry Oster-Berg (Actor)

The Woodsman 2004 (Movie)

Rosen (Actor)

Bad Boys II 2003 (Movie)

Floyd Poteet (Actor)

Dead Birds 2003 (Movie)

Clyde (Actor)

Kangaroo Jack 2003 (Movie)

Lombardo (Actor)

8 Mile 2002 (Movie)

Greg Buehl (Actor)

High Crimes 2002 (Movie)

Abbott (Actor)

New Port South 2001 (Movie)

Stanton (Actor)

Pearl Harbor 2001 (Movie)

Gooz (Actor)

Vanilla Sky 2001 (Movie)

Aaron (Actor)

Cecil B. Demented 2000 (Movie)

Petie (Actor)

Jesus' Son 2000 (Movie)

Dundun (Actor)

Tigerland 2000 (Movie)

Training Sergeant Filmore (Actor)

Turks 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


Chain Reaction 1996 (Movie)

DC Flower Delivery Man (Actor)

The Ride 1995 (Movie)


Groundhog Day 1993 (Movie)

Fred (Actor)

Overexposed 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


Agatha Christie's Poirot 1990 (Tv Show)

Producer (1)

Elvis & Nixon 2016 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)


Character actor Michael Shannon earned his reputation as an intense, magnetic performer on the Chicago stage before making the leap to features in the early 1990s. Once there, he captured the attention of audiences with small but significant turns in dramatic features such as "Jesus' Son" (1999) and "Vanilla Sky" (2001), while also displaying a knack for offbeat comedy in "Cecil B. Demented" (2000) and "Kangaroo Jack" (2003). His talent for emotionally and psychologically conflicted characters eventually led to larger roles in independent features such as "The Woodsman" (2004) and most notably "Bug" (2007), where he hypnotized viewers with his portrayal of a schizophrenic whose delusions overwhelm the life of a fragile young divorcee. Critical acclaim for his work in "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead" (2007) and an award-winning turn in Sam Mendes' "Revolutionary Road" (2008) along with a showy turn as a sleazy manager in the biopic "The Runaways" (2010) signaled his status as one of the most accomplished supporting actors in Hollywood.


Kate Arrington Actor

Co-members of Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Geraldine Hine


Sylvie Shannon

Born July 2008; mother, Kate Arrington

Donald Shannon




Played Elvis Presley in "Elvis & Nixon"


Landed a supporting role in the holiday comedy "The Night Before"


Played a cutthroat real estate businessman in the critically-acclaimed dramatic thriller "99 Homes"


Debuted as Zod in "Man of Steel"


Played a corrupt NYC cop opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt in action thriller "Premium Rush"


Portrayed the title contract killer in "The Iceman"


Cast in action drama "Machine Gun Preacher," starring Gerard Butler


Starred as a young husband and father plagued by apocalyptic visions in "Take Shelter"


Appeared in Western action/drama "Jonah Hex" opposite Josh Brolin and Megan Fox


Cast as Agent Nelson Van Alden on HBO series "Boardwalk Empire"


Played the manager and producer of "The Runaways," starring Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett and Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie


Portrayed the institutionalized son of a local real estate agent (Kathy Bates) in Sam Mendes' "Revolutionary Road"; earned Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor


Directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman in off-Broadway production of Stephen Adly Guirgus’ "The Little Flower of East Orange"


Cast opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke in "Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead"


Reprised role as a mentally disturbed drifter in William Friedkin’s adaptation of "Bug"


Co-starred in Oliver Stone’s "World Trade Center"


Made directorial debut at Red Orchid Theater for Eugene Ionesco's "Hunger and Thirst"


Reprised role for off-Broadway production of "Bug"


Played a therapist treating a convicted child molester (Kevin Bacon) in "The Woodsman"


Portrayed the abusive boyfriend of Eminem’s mother in "8 Mile"


Featured in Michael Bay’s epic "Pearl Harbor"


Co-starred in John Waters’ "Cecil B. Demented"


Appeared as a gun-toting psychopath in "Jesus’ Son"


Cast as a Vietnam-era sergeant in "Tigerland"


Played a drug addict in indie film "Hellcab"


Originated role of Peter Evans in "Bug" at Gate Theatre in London


Co-founded Red Orchid Theater


Made film debut in Harold Ramis’ "Groundhog Day"


Made small screen debut in CBS TV movie "Angel Street"


Made professional theater debut in "Winterset" at Illinois Theater Center

Bonus Trivia


Was a prominent stage actor in Chicago and was also one of the founders of A Red Orchid Theatre.


Made one of his first on screen appearances in the music video for "House of Pain," performed by the heavy metal band Every Mother's Nightmare.


"Honestly, I often don’t look at acting as a form of self-expression, because you’re not really expressing yourself, because you’re trying to be somebody else." - from filmschoolrejects.com, September 24, 2015