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Shannon at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival
Michael Corbett Shannon

(1974-08-07) August 7, 1974 (age 47)
  • Actor
  • producer
  • musician
  • theatre director
Years active 1992–present
Kate Arrington (m. 2018)
Children 2
Relatives Raymond Corbett Shannon (grandfather)
Awards Full list

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.

Early life

Shannon was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and is a grandson of entomologist Raymond Corbett Shannon. His father, Donald Sutherlin Shannon, was an accounting professor at DePaul University, and his mother, Geraldine Hine, is a lawyer. He was raised by his divorced parents in both Lexington, Kentucky, and Chicago, Illinois. He attended New Trier Township High School in Winnetka, Illinois for two years, then moved back to Kentucky his junior year, then back to Chicago for his senior year, attending Evanston Township High School for a semester before dropping out.

Music career

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.

Personal life

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.

Some movies he was in

  • Groundhog Day (1993)
  • Jesus' Son (1999)
  • Tigerland (2000)
  • Vanilla Sky (2001)
  • Bad Boys II (2003)
  • Kangaroo Jack (2003)
  • Dead Birds (2004)
  • The Woodsman (2004)
  • World Trade Center (2006)
  • Bug (2006)
  • Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)
  • My Son, My Son, What Have You Done (2009)
  • The Runaways (2010)
  • 13 (2010)
  • Jonah Hex (2010)
  • Machine Gun Preacher (2011)
  • Premium Rush (2012)
  • The Iceman (2012)
  • Mud (2012)
  • Man of Steel (2013)
  • The Young Ones (2014)
  • Freeheld (2015)
  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
  • Nocturnal Animals (2016)
  • Elvis & Nixon (2016)
  • The Shape of Water (2017)

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