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Michael Corbett Shannon was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, the son of Geraldine Hine, a lawyer, and Donald Sutherlin Shannon, an accounting professor at DePaul University. His grandfather was entomologist Raymond Corbett Shannon. Shannon began his professional stage career in Chicago. His first acting role was in "Winterset" at the ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 28 wins & 44 nominations. See more awards »

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Man of Steel
Man of Steel General Zod
Take Shelter
Take Shelter Curtis
Boardwalk Empire
Boardwalk Empire Nelson Van Alden / George Mueller
The Iceman
The Iceman Richard Kuklinski


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  Waco (TV Movie) (pre-production)
Gary Noesner
 2016 Salt and Fire
Matt Riley
 2016 Poor Boy
Blayde Griggs
 2016/I Wolves
Lee Keller
 2016 Frank & Lola
 2015 The Night Before
Mr. Green
 2010-2014 Boardwalk Empire (TV Series)
Nelson Van Alden / George Mueller
- Eldorado (2014) ... Nelson Van Alden (credit only)
- Friendless Child (2014) ... Nelson Van Alden (credit only)
- Cuanto (2014) ... Nelson Van Alden
 2014 She's Funny That Way
Policeman Macy's
 2014 They Came Together
 2014 Young Ones
Ernest Holm
 2013 Choose You (Short)
 2013/I The Harvest
 2012/V Happy Hour (Short)
Just Mike
 2012 Mud
 2011 Touch of Evil (Short)
The Tycoon
 2011 Machine Gun Preacher
 2011 Return
 2010 Jonah Hex
Doc Cross Williams
 2010/I 13
 2010 Herbert White (Short)
 2009 My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done
Brad Macallam
 2009 Delocated (TV Series)
- Sick of It! (2009) ... Mark
 2009 The Greatest
Jordan Walker
 2009 The Missing Person
John Rosow
 2007 Blackbird
 2006 Let's Go to Prison
 2006 Bug
Peter Evans
 2006 Marvelous
 2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Avery Shaw
- Quarry (2005) ... Avery Shaw
 2004/I Water
Bobby Matherson
 2004 Dead Birds
 2004 Criminal
 2004 Zamboni Man (Short)
Walt, Zamboni Man
 2004 The Woodsman
 2003 Grand Theft Parsons
Larry Oster-Berg
 2001 Vanilla Sky
 2001 New Port South
Stanton (as Mike Shannon)
 2000 Tigerland
Sgt. Filmore
 2000 Cecil B. DeMented
Petie (as Mike Shannon)
 2000 The Photographer
Maurice (as Mike Shannon)
 2000 Mullitt (Short)
 1998-1999 Early Edition (TV Series)
Mr. Andrews / Merle
- Take Me Out to the Ballgame (1999) ... Mr. Andrews (as Mike Shannon)
- Return of Crumb (1998) ... Merle (as Mike Shannon)
 1999 Jesus' Son
Dundun (as Mike Shannon)
 1999 Turks (TV Series)
Man #1
- Pilot (1999) ... Man #1
 1997 Chicago Cab
Crack Head
 1997/II The Ride
 1996 Chain Reaction
D.C. Flower Delivery Man
 1993 Groundhog Day
 1992 Angel Street (TV Movie)
Patrick Mulligan
 1992 Overexposed (TV Movie)
Young Man
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Starred in Martin McDonagh's play "The Pillowman" at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago. See more »

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6' 3½" (1.92 m)

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[on if he's inherently drawn to unhinged characters, or is this what people just tend to cast him in] It's probably a combination of things. When people are casting things, movies and what not, they go on impressions they have of people, you know. The impressions they have of you are based on what they've seen you in. But I also think I find a lot of differences in the characters I've played, ... See more »


Is the first non-British actor to play Superman's enemy General Zod. See more »


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