|Date of Birth||7 August 1974, Lexington, Kentucky, USA|
|Birth Name||Michael Corbett Shannon|
|Height||6' 3½" (1.92 m)|
Mini Bio (1)
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 Illinois Theatre Center. Over the next several years, he continued working on the stage with such companies as Steppenwolf, The Next Lab and the Red Orchid Theatre. He subsequently relocated to London for a year, and performed on stage in London's West End in such productions as "Woyzeck", "Killer Joe" and "Bug".
While in Chicago, Shannon also kept busy in front of movie and television cameras, most notably in the big screen project Chicago Cab (1997), based on the long-running stage play "Hellcab". Kangaroo Jack (2003) marked the third Jerry Bruckheimer production in which Shannon has appeared. He also appeared in Bad Boys II (2003), directed by Michael Bay and starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, and in Grand Theft Parsons (2003), with Johnny Knoxville and Christina Applegate.
In addition, Shannon appeared in Pearl Harbor (2001), also directed by Bay. His other film credits also include Curtis Hanson's 8 Mile (2002); Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky (2001) with Tom Cruise; Carl Franklin's High Crimes (2002) with Morgan Freeman; John Waters' Cecil B. DeMented (2000), and Joel Schumacher's war drama Tigerland (2000).
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Pedro Borges
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Personal Quotes (18)
... I mostly just look for good writing, interesting characters that have the most depth or the most mystery or the most challenge to play, not necessarily how they are perceived.
In terms of being uncomfortable because of something the character did, a murder or something like that, it's certainly scary to contemplate how the mind of someone who would do something like that works. But I feel like it's important to try and understand why people do these things. I'm not condoning [murder] in any way shape or form, and I'm not even talking about forgiveness, but I think it's important to try and understand how human beings are capable of these things, otherwise how can we ever hope to stop it from happening or rehabilitate people?
With screen, you get your shot that day and then you gotta surrender and walk away and hope that it all cuts together well. You really gotta be on your toes 'cause there's that period of waiting around and all of a sudden it happens very quickly - the actual shooting of the scene can happen very quickly and then you're kinda left trying to remember what just happened.