Michael Shannon is an American actor and musician. He has been nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his roles in ‘Revolutionary Road’ in 2008 and ‘Nocturnal Animals’ in 2016. He earned Screen Actors Guild Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for his role in ’99 Homes’ in 2014, and a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Play for ‘Long Day’s Journey into Night’ in 2016.
He 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 the leader of a prison white supremacist group, Lynard, in ‘Let’s Go to Prison’. He has appeared in several shows in the West End in London, including a production of Woyzeck directed by Sarah Kane. In 2008, he 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’.
He 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. He had previously performed the show in 2009 at A Red Orchid Theatre in Chicago.
In 2011, he 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 in ‘Grace’ along with Paul Rudd and Ed Asner. 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, he portrayed General Zod, the main antagonist in Zack Snyder’s film ‘Man of Steel’. He portrayed music icon Elvis Presley alongside Kevin Spacey as President Richard Nixon in ‘Elvis & Nixon’.