Michael Shannon

Michael Shannon

Highest Rated: 97% Knives Out (2019)

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
40% The Quarry Chief Moore 2020
97% Knives Out Walt Thrombrey 2019
61% The Current War: Director's Cut George Westinghouse 2019
38% State Like Sleep Actor 2019
86% What They Had Nicky 2018
20% Poor Boy Blayde Griggs 2018
50% 12 Strong Hal Spencer 2018
33% Fahrenheit 451 Capt. Beatty 2018
No Score Yet Bob Dylan - Trouble No More Actor 2018
92% The Shape of Water Strickland $57.4M 2017
0% Pottersville Maynard 2017
32% Salt and Fire Matt Riley 2017
33% Wolves Lee 2017
69% Frank & Lola Frank $6.2K 2016
74% Nocturnal Animals Bobby Andes $10.7M 2016
89% Loving Grey Villet $7.7M 2016
51% Complete Unknown Tom $0.2M 2016
77% Elvis & Nixon Elvis Presley $0.8M 2016
28% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Zod $293.8M 2016
84% Midnight Special Roy $3.4M 2016
68% The Night Before Mr. Green $31.4M 2015
49% Freeheld Dane Wells 2015
93% 99 Homes Rick Carver 2015
44% She's Funny That Way Macy's Policeman 2015
72% The Harvest Richard 2015
50% Young Ones Ernest Holm 2014
56% Man of Steel General Zod $291.1M 2013
66% The Iceman Richard Kuklinski $2M 2013
97% Mud Galen $21.6M 2013
74% Premium Rush Bobby Monday $20.3M 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
85% Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans Mundt $1.7M 2009
61% The Missing Person John Rosow 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
90% Shotgun Stories Son Hayes 2007
29% Lucky You Ray Zumbro $5.8M 2007
12% Let's Go to Prison Lynard $5.6M 2006
62% 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
46% Grand Theft Parsons Larry Oster-Berg 2004
50% Dead Birds Clyde 2004
23% 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
77% Tigerland Training Sergeant Filmore 2000
53% Cecil B. Demented Petie 2000
80% Jesus' Son Dundun 1999
56% Chicago Cab Crack Head 1998
18% Chain Reaction D.C. Flower Delivery Man 1996
96% Groundhog Day Fred 1993

TV

Credit
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest 2019
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest 2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest 2018
95% The Little Drummer Girl
2018
Kurtz 2018
70% Waco
2018
Executive Producer Gary Noesner 2018
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest 2018
2017
No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors
2015-2019
Guest 2017
No Score Yet Lip Sync Battle
2015-2019
Guest 2016
No Score Yet @midnight With Chris Hardwick
2014-2017
Panelist 2015
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007-2019
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
78% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
Avery Shaw 2005

QUOTES FROM Michael Shannon CHARACTERS

Roy says: The only thing I ever believed in was Alton.

Rick Carver says: Don't get emotional about real estate, they're just boxes, little boxes, big boxes. The more boxes you own the better.

Rick Carver says: America doesn't bail out losers.

Rick Carver says: What'd you think it was going to mean working for me?

Rick Carver says: When you work for me, you're mine.

General Zod says: Our damnation became our salvation.

General Zod says: There's only one way this ends, Kal. Either you die, or I do.

General Zod says: If you love these people so much, then you can mourn for them!

General Zod says: If you love these people so much, then you can mourn for them!

John Rosow says: Gee, sunglasses that light up in the dark.

Greg Buehl says: He got fired from the pizza place.

Jimmy Smith Jr. AKA Rabbit says: But, at least, I have a fuckin' job.

General Zod says: I was bred to be a warrior, Kal. Trained my entire life to master my senses. Where did you train? On a farm?

Richard Kuklinski says: You see the Iceman crying?

General Zod says: I was bred to be a warrior, Kal. Trained my entire life to master my senses. Where did you train? On a farm?!

General Zod says: I was bred to be a warrior, Kal. Trained my entire life to master my senses. Where did you train? On a farm?

General Zod says: Where is the Codex?

Martha Kent says: Go to hell!

General Zod says: Your son, Lara, where have you sent him?

Lara Lor-Van says: His name is Kal, son of El. And he is forever beyond your reach.

Jor-El says: My son is twice the man you are. He will finish what we started, I can promise you that.

General Zod says: Tell me, you have Jor-El's consciousness. But can you experience his pain? I will harvest the codec from your son's corpse, and rebuild Krypton atop his bones.

Jor-El says: Our people can co-exist!

General Zod says: So we can suffer through years of pain trying to adapt like your son has?

Jor-El says: Your talking about genocide?

General Zod says: Yes! And I'm arguing about it with a ghost.

General Zod says: Look at this. We could have rebuilt Krypton on this planet, but you chose the humans over us. I exist only to protect Krypton. That is the soul purpose for which I was born. And every action I take, no matter how violent or how cruel, is for the greater good of my people. And now, I have no people. My soul, that is what you have taken from me!

General Zod says: Lara, listen to me! The Codex is Krypton's future! Abort the launch!

General Zod says: What have you done?

Jor-El says: We've had a child, Zod. A boy child. Krypton's first natural birth in centuries, and he will be free, free to forge his own destiny.

General Zod says: Heresy! Destroy it!

General Zod says: Your father equipped himself with great honor Kal.

Clark Kent/Kal-El says: You killed my father?

General Zod says: I did. And not a day goes by that it does not haunt me. But if I had to do it again I would. I have a duty to my people, and I will not allow anyone to prevent me from carrying it out!

General Zod says: If you love these people so much, you can mourn for them!

Clark Kent/Kal-El says: Don't do this! Stop! Don't!

General Zod says: Never!

General Zod says: No matter how violent, every action I take is for the greater good of my people.

Clark Kent/Kal-El says: I won't betray them.

General Zod says: You already have.

General Zod says: If you love these people so much, you can mourn for them!

Curtis says: I still take off my boots not to wake her.

Samantha says: I still whisper.

General Zod says: I was bred for this! I was trained all my life to be a warrior! Where did you train, A FARM?

General Zod says: I was bred for this! I was trained all my life to be a warrior! Where did you train? A farm?

General Zod says: You have no idea how long we've been searching for you.

Jor-El says: What are you doing Zod? This is madness!

General Zod says: What I should have done years ago.

Clark Kent/Kal-El says: I won't betray them.

General Zod says: You already have.

General Zod says: You believe your son is safe? I will find him!

Jor-El says: What are you doing Zod? This is madness!

General Zod says: What I should have done years ago. These lawmakers with their endless debates, have led krypton to ruin!

Jor-El says: And if your forces prevail? You'll be the leader of nothing!

General Zod says: Then join me, help me save our race. We'll start a new, we'll sever the degenerative bloodline that led us to this state.

Jor-El says: And who will decide which bloodline survives on, you?

General Zod says: You think you're son is safe? I WILL FIND HIM!

General Zod says: You think your son is safe? I WILL FIND HIM!

General Zod says: Not matter how violent, every action I take is for the greater good of my people.

General Zod says: No matter how violent, every action I take is for the greater good of my people.

Superman says: I won't betray them!

General Zod says: You already have.

General Zod says: My name is General Zod. I have journeyed across an ocean of stars to reach you. Your world has sheltered one of my citizens. He will look like you, but he is not one of you. To those of you who know his location, the fate of your planet rests in your hands. To Kal-El, I say this: Surrender within 24 hours, or watch this world suffer the consequences.

General Zod says: I will find him!

John Givings says: I'm glad I'm not gonna be that kid.

General Zod says: You think your son is safe? I will find him!

Bobby Monday says: I'm chasing a bicycle ha he!

Curtis LaForche says: What if it's not ended?

Wilee says: Who the hell are you?

Bobby Monday says: Somebody you don't want to f*** with.

John Givings says: Hopeless emptiness. Now you've said it. Plenty of people are onto the emptiness, but it takes real guts to see the hopelessness.

Curtis says: You think I'm crazy? Well, listen up, there's a storm coming like nothing you've ever seen, and not a one of you is prepared for it.

Curtis LaForche says: "Next vacation, we're going to the mountains."

Curtis LaForche says: Next vacation, we're going to the mountains.

Curtis says: "Is anyone else seeing this?"

Curtis says: Is anyone else seeing this?

Frankie says: [While getting arrested] You pangy ass retards are dead. You hear me? Dead! I'll slaughter you like veal! I'll wear your eyeballs like jewelry!

Frankie says: [while getting arrested] You pangy ass retards are dead. You hear me? Dead! I'll slaughter you like veal! I'll wear your eyeballs like jewelry!

Frankie says: Say good night.

Curtis LaForche says: [Prophetic] There's a storm comin'!

Curtis LaForche says: [prophetic] There's a storm comin'!

Greg Buehl says: He got fired from a pizza place

Greg Buehl says: He got fired from a pizza place.

Jimmy Smith Jr. AKA Rabbit says: Yo at least i got a f****** job

Jimmy Smith Jr. AKA Rabbit says: At least I got a f*****g job.

Curtis LaForche says: Sleep well in your beds! 'Cause if this thing comes true, there ain't gonna be any more!

Curtis LaForche says: [ranting angrily at a roomful of neighbors] Sleep well in your beds. 'Cause if this thing comes true, there ain't gonna be any more.

Gooz says: I got a girlfriend...

Gooz says: I got a girlfriend.

Henry says: When the bulb lights up, you shoot!

Samantha says: Tell me something... that helps me understand why your being like this.

Curtis LaForche says: There's nothing to explain.

Joan Jett says: Good fucking job. No, really, good fucking job!

Kim Fowley says: Anarchy, mayhem!

Joan Jett says: [Throws two bottles at window].

Joan Jett says: [throws two bottles at window]

Kim Fowley says: Rock and roll, baby! Come on, Joanie.

Joan Jett says: Fuck you! Fuck you! [Bangs on window]. Fuck you!

Joan Jett says: Fuck you! Fuck you! [bangs on window]. Fuck you!

Dex says: You don't look happy. Mind if I call you "Groucho"?

Andy Hanson says: No, I don't mind.

John Givings says: Hopeless emptiness. Now you've said it. Plenty of people are onto the emptiness, but it takes real guts to see the hopelessness.

Kim Fowley says: I like your style. A little Bowie, a little Bardot, and a look on your face that says I could kick the shit out of a truck driver.