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Michael Shannon stars in "Boardwalk Empire" on HBO as Agent Nelson Van Alden, a dedicated senior agent with the Treasury Department who has a strong interest in controlling bootlegging in Prohibition-era Atlantic City. Shannon also stars in the movie "Machine Gun Preacher," opposite Gerard Butler and Michelle Monaghan, as Donnie.

Michael Shannon was an Academy Award nominee for Best Supporting Actor in 2008 for his performance in Sam Mendes's relationship drama "Revolutionary Road." Over the last
Michael Shannon in "Boardwalk Empire"
Michael Shannon Boardwalk Empire
few years, Shannon has collaborated with many of the industry's most-honored talents and treaded the boards in some of the world's most respected theaters.

Shannon stars in September's "Take Shelter," opposite Jessica Chastain and Shea Whigham, for director Jeff Nichols. He plays a working-class husband and father who questions whether his terrifying dreams of an apocalyptic storm signal something to come, or reveal the onset of an inherited mental illness he's feared his whole life. The film premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and won the Critics Week Grand Prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. In his first collaboration with Jeff Nichols, Shannon starred in the critically acclaimed drama "Shotgun Stories" (2007).

Shooting just wrapped on David Koepp's "Premium Rush," an action film starring Shannon and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He is currently in production on Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel," in which Shannon plays super-villain General Zod opposite Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and Diane Lane. Next, he will co-star with James Franco and Benicio Del Toro in "The Iceman," based on the life of the cold-blooded contract killer known as "Mr. Softee." Shannon grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, and began his professional stage career in Chicago. With more than 30 roles in feature films, his credits include the comic book adaptation "Jonah Hex," Liza Johnson's "Return," Floria Sigismondi's rock-biopic "The Runaways," Werner Herzog's "My Son," "My Son," "What Have Ye Done" and "The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans," Sidney 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" and "Pearl Harbor," Curtis Hanson's "8 Mile," David McNally's "Kangaroo Jack," Cameron Crowe's "Vanilla Sky," John Waters' "Cecil B. DeMented," Noah Buschel's "The Missing Person" and Shana Feste's "The Greatest."

For all his roles on screen, Shannon has maintained his connection to the theater. Recently, he earned many accolades for his starring role in Craig Wright's Off Broadway play "Mistakes Were Made." Shannon received a Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor, a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Play, an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance and a Drama League Award nomination for Distinguished Performance.

Other stage credits include Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" (Barrow Street Theatre), "Lady" (Rattelstick Theater), "The Metal Children," (Vineyard Theater), "The Little Flower of East Orange," (Public Theater), "The Pillowman" (Steppenwolf Theater), "Bug" (Barrow Street Theatre), "Killer Joe" (Soho Playhouse, Next Lab and Vaudeville Theatre), "The Idiot" (Looking Glass Theatre), "Killer" (Red Orchid Theatre) and "Woyzeck" (Gate Theatre).




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MICHAEL SHANNON: FACTS

How tall is Michael Shannon? How old is Michael Shannon? Find out here.

Age: 41 years old
Birthday: August 7, 1974
Height: 6' 3"
Full Name / Real Name: Michael Corbett Shannon
Birthplace: Lexington, KY





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