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Michael Shannon (born 1974) is an American stage, film, and television actor. His best known performances are as John Givings in ''RevolutionaryRoad'' and prohibition agent Nelson Van Alden in ''BoardwalkEmpire''.

Born in Kentucky to a single mother, he got his first work as an actor on the Chicago stage, at various times working for such theatre companies as Steppenwolf, The Next Lab and the Red Orchid Theatre. He eventually started to get small parts in Hollywood movies, too, notably the JerryBruckheimer-produced films ''[[BadBoys Bad Boys 2]]'', ''Film/PearlHarbor'', and ''KangarooJack''. This visibility (along with his AcademyAward nomination for ''RevolutionaryRoad'') has led to him recieving larger and more acclaimed roles in (mostly independent) films, such as ''Film/{{Bug}}'', ''Film/TheRunaways'', ''BeforeTheDevilKnowsYoureDead'', ''Film/BadLieutenantPortOfCallNewOrleans'', ''ShotgunStories'', and ''TakeShelter''.

He is best known for his virtuoso ability to play repressed, unstable, and otherwise crazed characters. He has also been compared to Creator/WillemDafoe in terms of roles and ChristopherWalken for his ability to [[OneSceneWonder completely steal a movie simply by showing up.]] He played [[BigBad General Zod]] in the {{Superman}} reboot ''Film/ManOfSteel'' and the legendary ProfessionalKiller Richard Kuklinski in ''The Iceman''.

Despite the large number of villainous roles to his name, Shannon is very much known to be a NiceGuy who loves his daughter and has a great sense of humor.
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!!His Notable Films:

* ''CecilBDemented'' (2000)
* ''Film/EightMile'' (2002)
* ''[[BadBoys Bad Boys 2]]'' (2003)
* ''Film/{{Bug}}'' (2006)
* ''World Trade Center'' (2006)
* ''Film/ShotgunStories'' (2007)
* ''Film/BeforeTheDevilKnowsYoureDead'' (2008)
* ''Literature/RevolutionaryRoad'' (2008)
* ''Series/{{Delocated}} (2009) Episode: Sick of It.'' He actually SMILES in this!
* ''Film/BadLieutenantPortOfCallNewOrleans'' (2009)
* ''Film/MySonMySonWhatHaveYeDone'' (2009)
* ''Film/TheRunaways'' (2010)
* ''Film/JonahHex'' (2010)
* ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'' (2010-2014)
* ''Film/MachineGunPreacher'' (2011)
* ''Film/TakeShelter'' (2011)
* ''Film/PremiumRush'' (2012)
* ''Film/TheIceman'' (2012)
* ''Film/{{Mud}}'' (2013)
* ''Film/ManOfSteel'' (2013)

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!!This actor provides examples of:
* BreakoutRole: His scene-stealing turn in ''RevolutionaryRoad''.
* DeletedRole: His part as a preacher who converted GeorgeWBush to evangelical Christianity was completely cut from the Creator/OliverStone-directed biopic ''Film/{{W}}''.
* DramaticReading: He did one for the infamous Delta Gamma sorority letter. Watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dngOH9G4UPw here]].
* HeAlsoDid: Was the BigBad in ''Film/KangarooJack.'' [[OldShame He now regrets the role for obvious reasons.]]
* HiddenDepths: He's also in an indie folk band called ''Corporal''.
* KubrickStare: A master of this trope.
* LargeHam: Some of Shannon's roles can go for this.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor
* MoneyDearBoy: The only reason he probably starred in bad movies like ''Film/KangarooJack'' and ''Film/JonahHex''.
* OldShame: During his ''Film/ManOfSteel'' interview, he wished that he'd never been in ''Film/KangarooJack'' as he's uncomfortable with the kangaroo rapping and finds it scary and evil.
* PerpetualFrowner: If his characters ever smile, it's never a good sign.
* PlayingAgainstType: Despite being so well known for crazy guys, he's earned equal acclaim playing more conventional types in ''ShotgunStories'' and ''Return''.
* ProductionPosse: Often works with director Creator/JeffNichols and actor JamesFranco.
* RuleOfSeanConnery: See description. It doesn't matter how small his role or how bad the rest of it is, whenever Shannon shows up in a movie, he completely steals the scene.
* SelfDeprecation: He's completely aware of how TypeCast he is as crazy types, and isn't afraid to have fun with that, such as in [[http://www.mtv.com/videos/movies/721586/adorable-things-with-michael-shannon.jhtml this video where he talks about adorable things]] or [[http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/4ad20b4edf/michael-shannon-reads-the-insane-sorority-letter this Funny or Die video]] where he reads Rebecca Martinson's [[WebOriginal/DerangedSororityGirl insane sorority letter]].
* TypeCasting: When he's in a movie, expect him to play a crazy, repressed or generally unstable person.
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