Michael Shannon

  • Birth Name: Michael Corbett Shannon
  • Birth Place: Lexington, Kentucky, United States
  • Profession: Actor
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Fast Facts

  • Started acting so he could get out of playing sports.
  • Is a founding member of A Red Orchid Theatre in Chicago, where he originated the role of Peter in Bug. He went on to reprise the role, opposite Ashley Judd, in the 2007 film version. 
  • Made his film debut in 1993's Groundhog Day.
  • Portrayed the abusive boyfriend of Eminem's mother (played by Kim Basinger) in 8 Mile.
  • During an emotional scene in his audition for Revolutionary Road, the casting director told him that she had "never felt so personally wounded by an actor's reading."
  • Both parents have been married five times.

Awards

  • 2014, Independent Spirit Awards — Robert Altman Award: Winner
  • 2008, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2010, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2011, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2012, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Male Lead: Nominee
  • 2008, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee
  • 2015, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Nominee
  • 2016, Tony — Actor (Featured Role--Play): Nominee
  • 2016, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Nominee
  • 2015, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2016, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2016, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Male: Nominee
  • 2016, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture: Nominee

Relationships

  • Kate Arrington — Significant Other
  • Dr. Donald S. Shannon — Father
  • Geraldine Hine — Mother
  • Sylvia Grace Arrington Shannon — Daughter
  • Ellen Shannon — Stepmother
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