MICHAEL SHANNON (Hal Spencer), an Oscar, Golden Globe and
Tony-nominated actor, continues to make his mark in entertainment, working with
some of the industry's most respected talent and treading the boards in notable
theaters around the world. He is currently receiving widespread acclaim for his
performance as the villainous Richard Strickland in Guillermo del Torro's "The
Shape of Water." For the stage, Shannon most recently directed the play
"Traitor" for A Red Orchid Theatre in Chicago. Opening this month, the
production will run through February 25th.
A two-time Oscar nominee, Shannon received his most recent nod, for Best
Supporting Actor, for his role in Tom Ford's 2016 drama "Nocturnal Animals." In
addition, he was honored
by numerous critic groups with award nominations in the same category from the
London Critics Circle, National Society of Film Critics, Toronto Film Critics
Association, San Francisco Film Critics Circle, San Diego Film Critics Society,
Broadcast Film Critics Association, and Boston Society of Film Critics, among
others. In addition, Shannon received the San Diego Film Critics Society Award
for Best Body of Work for his roles in "Nocturnal Animals," as well as "Elvis &
Nixon" and the Jeff Nichols-directed films "Loving" and "Midnight Special."
In 2016, Shannon starred on Broadway in "Long Day's Journey Into Night,"
produced by the Roundabout Theater Company and directed by Jonathan Kent. For
his performance in the revival of Eugene O'Neill's landmark 1956 drama, Shannon
earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Play and won a Drama
Desk Award in the same category.
In 2015, Shannon starred opposite Andrew Garfield in Ramin Bahrani's "99
Homes," for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild,
Critics Choice, Gotham Award and Film Independent Spirit Award, and was named
Best Supporting Actor by a number of film critics organizations, including the
Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the San Francisco Film Critics Circle.
He earlier garnered critical acclaim and received his first Oscar nomination,
for Best Supporting Actor, for his performance in "Revolutionary Road," directed
by Sam Mendes. His many film honors also include an Independent Spirit Award
nomination for Best Actor for his starring role in Nichols' "Take Shelter." He
has collaborated with Nichols on all of the director's films to date, also
including "Mud" and "Shotgun Stories."
His most recent film work includes Sam Henrikson's "Pottersville"; Werner
Herzog's thriller "Salt and Fire," which screened at a number of international
film festivals; Bart Freundlich's "Wolves," which premiered at the 2016 Tribeca
Film Festival; and "Frank & Lola," which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film
Festival. Upcoming, he stars in the dramas "The Current War," which premiered at
the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival; "State Like Sleep"; and "What They
Had," serving as an executive producer on the last.
With more 50 feature film roles to his credit, Shannon has also been seen in
such titles as "The Night Before," "Man of Steel," "The Iceman," "Premium Rush,"
"The Runaways," "13," "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans," "My Son, My
Son, What Have Ye Done," "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead," "Lucky You,"
"World Trade Center," "Bug," "8 Mile," "Vanilla Sky," "Cecil B. DeMented," and
the Jerry Bruckheimer's productions "Bad Boys II," "Kangaroo Jack" and "Pearl
On television, Shannon starred in Martin Scorsese's HBO series "Boardwalk
Empire," for which he shared in two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Best Drama
Series Ensemble. He stars
in the upcoming true-life miniseries "Waco," set to debut later this month, and
in the HBO movie remake "Farenheit 451," to air in Spring 2018.
An accomplished and award-winning stage actor, Shannon maintains a strong
connection to the theater. In 2012, he made his Broadway debut in "Grace,"
earning a nomination for a Distinguished Performance Drama League Award. In
2010, he took the lead in Craig Wright's critically acclaimed off-Broadway play
"Mistakes Were Made," for which Shannon garnered numerous accolades, including
nominations for a Lortel Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Award and a
Drama League Award. His additional theater credits include productions of
"Pilgrim's Progress," "Uncle Vanya," "Our Town," "Lady," "The Metal Children,"
"The Little Flower of East Orange," "The Pillowman," "Bug," "Man from Nebraska,"
"Mr. Kolpert," "Killer Joe," "The Idiot," "The Killer" and "Woyzeck."
Shannon grew up in Lexington, Kentucky and began his professional stage
career in Chicago, Illinois.
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