- NAME: Michael Shannon
- OCCUPATION: Actor
- BIRTH DATE: August 07, 1974 (Age: 39)
- Did You Know?: Michael Shannon became an internet sensation by reading the Delta Gama sorority president's letter on the Funny or Die website.
- EDUCATION: Tates Creek Junior High School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Lexington, Kentucky
- Full Name: Michael Corbett Shannon
- AKA: Michael Shannon
- AKA: Mike Shannon
- ZODIAC SIGN: Leo
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American actor Michael Shannon has made a mark with unusual roles, quirky performances and distinctive looks. He's known for his Academy Award-nominated role in Revolutionary Road and recurring part on the acclaimed series Boardwalk Empire.
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Of his acting technique, Shannon has said, "I guess if there's one thing that might surprise people about me, it's that I'm very obedient. I'm kind of like a dog. I look at acting as kind of a service industry. You're there to serve the writer and the director. I don't really look at it as an act of self-expression, like I'm going to say what's on my mind. Because you're not saying what's on your mind, you're saying what somebody else wrote,
and you're doing it the way someone else tells you to do it."
The standard assumption in Hollywood is that when the blockbusters come calling, you know you've made it: In 2013, Shannon played General Zod in the Superman saga iteration Man of Steel.
The actor continues to take roles across the income spectrum. Recently, some questioned why he chose to play Mafia hit man Richard "The Iceman" Kuklinski in the 2013 Ariel Vromen-directed film The Iceman. In a May 2013 interview with the Star Tribune, Shannon explained that he feels it's his job to find the humanity in damaged people: "Kuklinski's an exaggerated version of a lot of people, actually," he said. "People who do things that have detrimental effects on other people to make money. They know that while they're doing it. They do it anyway and take a paycheck. Then they go home to their families. ...I did [this movie] because it's a parable, a story that's important for people to see right now."
Shannon and longtime partner, sometime stage mate and fellow Steppenwolf Theater member Kate Arrington had a baby girl, Sylvia Grace, in 2009. He and Arrington began dating in 2008—the same year that Shannon lost his father to a long battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (November 2008).
"When you become a father, it's hard not to feel like you are out of your league," the actor has said. "A father is a position of great responsibility, and a child is such a vulnerable little thing, little person, and you feel this nerve forming inside you, and the thought of anything ever happening to the child is more than you could possibly bear."
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