Michael Corbett Shannon was born in Lexington, Kentucky, on August 7, 1974. The award-winning actor is best known for his roles in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water.
Before his major successes, Shannon moved to Chicago with his father after his parents’ divorce. He’d split his time living with both parents in the two cities. His first gig was as the main character in the music video for Every Mother’s Nightmare 1993 song “House of Pain.”
Shannon performed on stage in Chicago, where he helped found A Red Orchid Theatre that same year. 1993 was a big year for the aspiring actor, who made his film debut in Groundhog Day as a wedding groom. Over the next few years, Shannon would land roles in Jesus’ Son, Pearl Harbor, 8 Mile, Vanilla Sky, Kangaroo Jack, Bad Boys II, and Grand Theft Parsons. In 2002, Shannon formed the indie rock band Corporal. He would be the band’s singer, guitarist, and lyricist. Eight years later, Corporal released its self-titled debut album. The band’s song “Obama” was their endorsement of President Obama’s run for reelection.
In 2008, he starred in the romantic drama film Revolutionary Road alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. His performance as the clinically insane son earned him universal acclaim and awards. In 2011’s Take Shelter, Shannon received rave reviews for his performance as Curtis LaForche. With 106 acting credits under his belt and more projects to come, Shannon has had a fruitful career.
Take a look below at our list of Michael Shannon’s 5 most entertaining roles: