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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, opposite Benedict Cumberbatch. The Weinstein Company is slated to release this on December 22, 2017.

Additionally in 2017, Shannon will be seen in in Seth Henrikson's POTTERSVILLE opposite Thomas Lennon and Judy Greer. Shannon also lensed Meredith Danluck's STATE LIKE SLEEP, alongside Katherine Waterson.

Next year, Shannon can be seen in the Nicolai Fuglsig-directed HORSE SOLDIERS opposite Chris Hemsworth.

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 Austin Wright's 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 NIGHT BEFORE; Peter Sollett's FREEHELD; John McNaughton's THE HARVEST; Jake Paltrow's THE YOUNG 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 RUNAWAYS; Werner Herzog's MY SON, MY SON, WHAT HAVE YE DONE and BAD LIEUTENANT; Sydney Lumet's BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU'RE DEAD; Oliver Stone's WORLD TRADE CENTER; William Friedkin's 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 Waters' CECIL B. DEMENTED; Noah Buschel's THE MISSING PERSON and Shana Feste's THE GREATEST. On 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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