THE SHAPE OF WATER
Academy Award, Golden Globe and Tony Award nominated actor MICHAEL SHANNON
(Richard Strickland) continues to make his mark in entertainment, working with
the industry's most respected
talent and treading the boards in notable theaters around the world.
Shannon most recently was seen in Bart Freundlich's WOLVES, opposite Carla
Gugino. Shannon can also
be seen in Werner Herzog's thriller, SALT AND FIRE, alongside Gael Garcia Bernal
and Veronica Ferras.
Later this year, Shannon will be seen in Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's THE CURRENT WAR,
Cumberbatch. The Weinstein Company is slated to release this on December 22,
Additionally in 2017, Shannon will be seen in in Seth Henrikson's POTTERSVILLE
Lennon and Judy Greer. Shannon also lensed Meredith Danluck's STATE LIKE SLEEP,
Next year, Shannon can be seen in the Nicolai Fuglsig-directed HORSE SOLDIERS
Shannon is currently in production in writer-director Elizabeth Chomko's drama,
WHAT THEY HAD,
opposite Hilary Swank. After that, Shannon will start lensing on "Waco" opposite
Taylor Kitsch, a mini-series that
will explore the true-life events leading up to and chronicling the two-month
siege between the FBI, ATF and
Koresh's sect in Waco, Texas. Written and directed by John Erick Dowdle and Drew
Dowdle, Shannon serves as a
co-executive producer on the project.
In 2016, Shannon was seen in Tom Ford's NOCTURNAL ANIMALS, an adaptation of
1993 novel Tony and Susan in which he stars opposite Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Adams
and Aaron Taylor Johnson.
For his performance, Shannon received an Academy Award and Critics Choice
nomination. Earlier that year,
Shannon marked his fifth collaboration with director, Jeff Nichols, with a cameo
in his drama LOVING, and starred
in his sci-fi thriller MIDNIGHT SPECIAL. Shannon's previous collaborations with
Nichols include TAKE
SHELTER, for which he received a 2011 Film Independent Spirit Award nomination
for Best Actor; as well as the
films MUD and SHOTGUN STORIES.
Most notably, Shannon garnered critical acclaim for his Oscar nominated
supporting role in
REVOLUTIONARY ROAD, playing 'John Givings,' the psychologically troubled
neighbor's son. Directed by Sam
Mendes and adapted by Justin Haythe, Shannon stars opposite Leonardo DiCaprio,
Kate Winslet and Kathy Bates.
He went on to receive additional acclaim for Ramin Bahrani's timely drama 99
HOMES, co-starring opposite
Andrew Garfield. He was nominated for a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild,
Critics Choice, Gotham
Award and Film Independent Spirit Award on behalf of this performance.
With over forty roles in film, Shannon's credits include Matthew M. Ross' FRANK
& LOLA, Joshua
Marston's COMPLETE UNKNOWN; Liza Johnson's ELVIS & NIXON; Jonathan Levine's THE
BEFORE; Peter Sollett's FREEHELD; John McNaughton's THE HARVEST; Jake Paltrow's
ONES; Zack Snyder's MAN OF STEEL; Ariel Vromen's THE ICEMAN; David Koepp's
PREMIUM RUSH; Liza
Johnson's RETURN; Marc Forster's MACHINE GUN PREACHER; Floria Sigismondi's THE
Werner Herzog's MY SON, MY SON, WHAT HAVE YE DONE and BAD LIEUTENANT; Sydney
BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU'RE DEAD; Oliver Stone's WORLD TRADE CENTER; William
BUG; Curtis Hanson's LUCKY YOU; Michael Bay's BAD BOYS II; Curtis Hanson's 8
MILE; David McNally's
KANGAROO JACK, Cameron Crowe's VANILLA SKY; Michael Bay's PEARL HARBOR; John
B. DEMENTED; Noah Buschel's THE MISSING PERSON and Shana Feste's THE GREATEST.
television, Shannon's credits include Martin Scorsese's HBO series, "Boardwalk
Empire," which recently
completed its fifth and final season.
Outside of his roles on screen, Shannon maintains a strong connection to
theater. In 2016, Shannon was
seen on Broadway co-starring alongside Jessica Lange, Gabriel Byrne, and John
Gallagher Jr. in Long Day's
Journey into Night. Produced by the Roundabout Theater Company and directed by
Jonathan Kent, the revival of
Eugene O'Neill's landmark 1956 drama led Shannon to a Tony nomination for
'Supporting Actor' as well as 2016
Drama Desk Award for 'Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play.'
Prior to that, Shannon appeared opposite Paul Rudd, Ed Asner, and Kate Arrington
in Grace at the Cort
Theatre which he was nominated for a 2013 Distinguished Performance Drama League
Award. Shannon also led
Craig Wright's off-Broadway play, Mistakes Were Made, at the Barrow Street
Theater. Directed by Dexter Bullard,
Shannon portrayed "Felix Artifex." The play received its world premiere at A Red
Orchid Theatre in Chicago in
2009 with the same cast and director. The critically acclaimed production
garnered numerous accolades for
Shannon, including an Outstanding Lead Actor Lortel Award nomination, an
Outstanding Actor in a Play Drama
Desk Award nomination, an Outstanding Solo Performance Outer Critics Award
nomination, and a Distinguished
Performance Drama League Award nomination.
Additional theater credits include Pilgrim's Progress (A Red Orchid Theater)
Uncle Vanya (Soho Rep
Theatre), Our Town (Barrow Street Theatre), Lady (Rattlestick Theatre), The
Metal Children (Vineyard Theatre),
The Little Flower of East Orange (Public Theatre), The Pillowman (Steppenwolf
Theatre), Bug (Barrow Street
Theatre, Red Orchid Theatre and Gate Theatre), Man From Nebraska (Steppenwolf
Theatre), Mr. Kolpert (Red
Orchid Theatre), Killer Joe (SoHo Playhouse, Next Lab Theatre and Vaudeville
Theatre), The Idiot (Lookingglass
Theatre), The Killer (Red Orchid Theatre), and Woyzeck (Gate Theatre).
Shannon grew up in Lexington, Kentucky and began his professional stage career
in Chicago, Illinois.
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