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Michael Shannon

Highest Rated:   98% Mud (2013)
Lowest Rated:   8% 13 (2011)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
20% Wolves
  • Lee
2017
66% Frank & Lola
  • Frank
2016
73% Nocturnal Animals
  • Bobby Andes
2016
89% Loving
  • Grey Villet
2016
47% Complete Unknown
  • Tom
2016
77% Elvis & Nixon
  • Elvis Presley
2016
27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • Zod
2016
83% Midnight Special
  • Roy
2016
40% Salt and Fire
  • Matt Riley
2016
No Score Yet Pottersville
  • Maynard
2016
66% The Night Before
  • Mr. Green
2015
48% Freeheld
  • Dane Wells
2015
92% 99 Homes
  • Rick Carver
2015
40% She's Funny That Way
  • Macy's Policeman
2015
63% The Harvest
  • Richard
2015
43% Young Ones
  • Ernest Holm
2014
55% Man of Steel
  • General Zod
2013
66% The Iceman
  • Richard Kuklinski
2013
98% Mud
  • Galen
2013
75% Premium Rush
  • Bobby Monday
2012
22% The Raven
  • Dr. Morgan
2012
20% Broken Tower
  • Emile
2012
85% Return
  • Mike
2012
8% 13
  • Henry
2011
92% Take Shelter
  • Curtis
2011
29% Machine Gun Preacher
  • Donnie
2011
12% Jonah Hex
  • Doc Cross Williams
2010
68% The Runaways
  • Kim Fowley
2010
53% The Greatest
  • Jordan Walker
2010
49% My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done
  • Brad McCullum
2010
64% The Missing Person
  • John Rosow
2009
87% Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
  • Mundt
2009
No Score Yet Crowley
  • Actor
2009
67% Revolutionary Road
  • John
2008
88% Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
  • Dex
2007
91% Shotgun Stories
  • Son Hayes
2007
29% Lucky You
  • Ray Zumbro
2007
12% Let's Go to Prison
  • Lynard
2006
61% Bug
  • Peter Evans
2006
68% World Trade Center
  • Dave Karnes
2006
No Score Yet Marvelous
  • John
2006
88% The Woodsman
  • Rosen
2004
69% Criminal
  • Gene
2004
44% Grand Theft Parsons
  • Larry Oster-Berg
2004
50% Dead Birds
  • Clyde
2004
23% Bad Boys II
  • Floyd Poteet
2003
8% Kangaroo Jack
  • Frankie Lombardo
2003
76% 8 Mile
  • Greg Buehl
2002
31% High Crimes
  • Troy Abbott
2002
42% Vanilla Sky
  • Aaron
2001
25% Pearl Harbor
  • Gooz
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

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet @midnight With Chris Hardwick
2014
  • Panelist
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
  • Guest
91% Boardwalk Empire
2010-2014
  • Agent Nelson Van Alden Nelson Van Alden
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Avery Shaw
Lip Sync Battle
2015
  • Guest

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