Michael Shannon

Highest Rated: 97% Mud (2013)
Lowest Rated: 0% Pottersville (2017)
Birthday: Aug 7, 1974
Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky, USA
Distinguished character actor Michael Shannon essayed a diverse series of characterizations onscreen, beginning just after the start of the new millennium. A veteran member of Chicago's experimental Red Orchid theatrical troupe, Shannon specialized in small, multidimensional portrayals that added to the overall effectiveness of each project -- per his contributions to Vanilla Sky (2001), 8 Mile (2002), and Bad Boys II (2003). Whenever necessary, Shannon imperceptibly blended into the material at hand. He played a therapist in Nicole Kassell's psychodrama The Woodsman (2004), yet by virtue of his emotional intensity and eccentric look, Shannon evinced an ability to dominate with his onscreen presence, as well. Nowhere was this tendency more evident than in William Friedkin's psychological thriller Bug (2006). As adapted by Tracy Letts from his own stage play, the film concerns a shabby and skanky drifter (Shannon, reprising his role from the play) with a serious complex of delusional schizophrenia, who believes that bugs are crawling beneath his skin and enters a terrifying pas de deux with a young waitress (Ashley Judd). Shannon followed it up with a memorable contribution to Oliver Stone's World Trade Center -- as a military man desperate to help in any way possible during the 9/11 tragedy -- and Sidney Lumet's Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007), a crime thriller about two brothers who team up to rob a jewelry store. Shannon grabbed his first taste of stardom with his breakout role as a mentally disturbed man in Sam Mendes' adaptation of Revolutionary Road. His truthful, menacing character cut through the main characters' self-deception, and Shannon's off-kilter delivery won him glowing notices from critics, as well as a nomination for Best Supporting Actor from the Academy. He worked steadily after that success appearing in The Greatest, Jonah Hex, and Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. In 2010 he had a pair of critical successes that included his work as a repressed federal agent on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, and his portrayal of the eccentric rock entrepreneur Kim Fowler in The Runaways. In 2011 he again earned raves for his work a schizophrenic in Take Shelter. His intensity got him cast relatively often as bad guys, something he put to great effect in the 2012 action film Premium Rush and in the criminal biopic The Iceman.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
38% State Like Sleep Actor 2019
87% What They Had Nicky 2018
20% Poor Boy Blayde Griggs 2018
51% 12 Strong Hal Spencer 2018
No Score Yet Bob Dylan - Trouble No More Actor 2018
32% Fahrenheit 451 Capt. Beatty Beatty 2018
92% The Shape of Water Strickland $57.4M 2017
0% Pottersville Maynard 2017
32% Salt and Fire Matt Riley 2017
35% Wolves Lee 2017
33% The Current War George Westinghouse 2017
68% Frank & Lola Frank $6.2K 2016
73% Nocturnal Animals Bobby Andes $10.7M 2016
89% Loving Grey Villet $7.7M 2016
50% Complete Unknown Tom $0.2M 2016
77% Elvis & Nixon Elvis Presley $0.8M 2016
27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Zod $293.8M 2016
83% Midnight Special Roy $3.4M 2016
67% The Night Before Mr. Green $31.4M 2015
49% Freeheld Dane Wells 2015
92% 99 Homes Rick Carver 2015
42% She's Funny That Way Macy's Policeman 2015
70% The Harvest Richard 2015
50% Young Ones Ernest Holm 2014
56% Man of Steel General Zod $291.1M 2013
67% The Iceman Richard Kuklinski $2M 2013
97% Mud Galen $21.6M 2013
74% Premium Rush Bobby Monday $20.3M 2012
22% The Raven Dr. Morgan $16.1M 2012
20% Broken Tower Emile 2012
83% Return Mike $7.2K 2012
8% 13 Henry 2011
92% Take Shelter Curtis $1.7M 2011
27% Machine Gun Preacher Donnie $0.5M 2011
12% Jonah Hex Doc Cross Williams $10.6M 2010
69% The Runaways Kim Fowley $3.7M 2010
53% The Greatest Jordan Walker 2010
49% My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done Brad McCullum 2010
61% The Missing Person John Rosow 2009
86% Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans Mundt $1.7M 2009
No Score Yet Crowley Actor 2009
67% Revolutionary Road John $22.9M 2008
88% Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Dex $7M 2007
89% Shotgun Stories Son Hayes 2007
29% Lucky You Ray Zumbro $5.8M 2007
12% Let's Go to Prison Lynard $5.6M 2006
61% Bug Peter Evans $7.1M 2006
67% World Trade Center Dave Karnes $70.3M 2006
No Score Yet Marvelous John 2006
88% The Woodsman Rosen $1.5M 2004
69% Criminal Gene $0.8M 2004
46% Grand Theft Parsons Larry Oster-Berg 2004
50% Dead Birds Clyde 2004
22% Bad Boys II Floyd Poteet $138.4M 2003
8% Kangaroo Jack Frankie Lombardo $66.8M 2003
75% 8 Mile Greg Buehl $116.7M 2002
31% High Crimes Troy Abbott $41.5M 2002
42% Vanilla Sky Aaron 2001
24% Pearl Harbor Gooz $197.8M 2001
76% Tigerland Training Sergeant Filmore 2000
53% Cecil B. Demented Petie 2000
81% Jesus' Son Dundun 1999
50% Chicago Cab Crack Head 1998
16% Chain Reaction D.C. Flower Delivery Man 1996
96% Groundhog Day Fred 1993

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2018
95% The Little Drummer Girl
2018
Kurtz
  • 2018
68% Waco
2018
Executive Producer Gary Noesner
  • 2018
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors
2015
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Lip Sync Battle
2015
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet @midnight With Chris Hardwick
2014-2017
Panelist
  • 2015
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
Guest
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2009
92% Boardwalk Empire
2010-2014
Agent Nelson Van Alden Nelson Van Alden
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2010
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
Avery Shaw
  • 2005

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