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Also Known As: Mike Shannon Died:
Born: August 7, 1974 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Lexington, Kentucky, USA Profession: actor, stage director

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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.

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.

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 Midnight Special (2014)
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 Young Ones (2014)
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 Mud (2013)
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 Man of Steel (2013)
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 Harvest, The (2013)
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 Premium Rush (2012)
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 Iceman, The (2012)
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 Take Shelter (2011)
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1991:
Made professional theater debut in "Winterset" at Illinois Theater Center
1992:
Made small screen debut in CBS TV movie "Angel Street"
1993:
Co-founded Red Orchid Theater
1993:
Made film debut in Harold Ramis¿ "Groundhog Day"
1996:
Originated role of Peter Evans in "Bug" at Gate Theatre in London
1998:
Played a drug addict in indie film "Hellcab"
1999:
Appeared as a gun-toting psychopath in "Jesus¿ Son"
1999:
Cast as a Vietnam-era sergeant in "Tigerland"
2000:
Co-starred in John Waters¿ "Cecil B. Demented"
2001:
Featured in Michael Bay¿s epic "Pearl Harbor"
2003:
Portrayed the abusive boyfriend of Eminem¿s mother in "8 Mile"
2004:
Reprised role for off-Broadway production of "Bug"
2004:
Played a therapist treating a convicted child molester (Kevin Bacon) in "The Woodsman"
2006:
Co-starred in Oliver Stone¿s "World Trade Center"
2006:
Made directorial debut at Red Orchid Theater for Eugene Ionesco's "Hunger and Thirst"
2007:
Reprised role as a mentally disturbed drifter in William Friedkin¿s adaptation of "Bug"
2007:
Cast opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke in "Before the Devil Knows You¿re Dead"
2008:
Directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman in off-Broadway production of Stephen Adly Guirgus¿ "The Little Flower of East Orange"
2008:
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
2010:
Played the manager and producer of "The Runaways," starring Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett and Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie
2010:
Appeared in Western action/drama "Jonah Hex" opposite Josh Brolin and Megan Fox
2010:
Cast as Agent Nelson Van Alden on HBO series "Boardwalk Empire"
2011:
Landed coveted villain role of General Zod in "Man of Steel," Zack Snyder's Superman franchise reboot
2011:
Cast in action drama "Machine Gun Preacher," starring Gerard Butler
2011:
Starred as a young husband and father plagued by apocalyptic visions in "Take Shelter"
2012:
Played a corrupt NYC cop opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt in action thriller "Premium Rush"
2012:
Portrayed the title contract killer in "The Iceman"
2013:
Debuted as Zod in "Man of Steel"
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