Academy® Award nominee MICHAEL SHANNON is making his mark working with many of the industry’s most honored talents and treading the boards in the world’s most respected theatres. Soon, Michael will be seen as “General Zod” in the much anticipated Zach Snyder Superman reboot, MAN OF STEEL opposite Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and Diane Lane due out in the summer of 2013. He will also be seen in THE HARVEST with Samantha Morton and Peter Fonda, THE ICEMAN opposite Chris Evans, Winona Ryder and Ray Liotta, and MUD with Reese Witherspoon and Matthew McConaughey.
Shannon will also begin production on season four of Martin Scorsese’s Golden Globe winning HBO series, Boardwalk Empire. In the series, Shannon portrays “Nelson Van Alden,” a dedicated senior agent with the Treasury Department who has a strong interest in controlling bootlegging.
Prior, Shannon made his mark in an Oscar®‐nominated supporting role in REVOLUTIONARY ROAD, playing “John Givings,” the psychologically troubled neighbor’s son. Directed by Sam Mendes and adapted by Justin Haythe, the film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and Kathy Bates.
For all his roles on screen, Shannon maintains a connection to theatre. In 2010, he led Craig Wright’s off‐ Broadway play, Mistakes Were Made, at the Barrow Street Theater. The critically acclaimed production garnered numerous accolades for Shannon, including an Outstanding Lead Actor Lortel Award nomination, an Outstanding Actor in a Play Drama Desk Award nomination, an Outstanding Solo Performance Outer Critics Award nomination, and a Distinguished Performance Drama League Award nomination as well as a listing on TIME MAGAZINE’s Top 10 Everything of 2010 (Top 10 Plays and Musicals).
Additional theatre credits include Grace (Cort Theatre), Uncle Vanya (Soho Rep Theatre), Our Town (Barrow Street Theatre), Lady (Rattlestick Theatre), The Metal Children (Vineyard Theatre), The Little Flower of East Orange (Public Theatre), The Pillowman (Steppenwolf Theatre), Man From Nebraska (Steppenwolf Theatre), Mr. Kolpert (Red Orchid Theatre), Killer Joe (SoHo Playhouse, Next Lab Theatre and Vaudeville Theatre), The Idiot (Lookingglass Theatre), The Killer (Red Orchid Theatre), and Woyzeck (Gate Theatre).
Shannon grew up in Lexington, Kentucky and began his professional stage career in Chicago, Illinois. He currently resides in New York City.