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Michael Shannon is a charismatic and always exceptional actor who has written an illustrious resume throughout his career on both the big and small screen. Appreciated for his profound work in gripping films like Nocturnal animals that shape the water and knife outand his compelling television portrayals of Nelson Van Alden on the HBO historical drama Boardwalk Empire and Napoleon Marconi in Hulu nine perfect strangers The performer has proven to be a true chameleon when it comes to his craft. After making his film debut in the ’90s masterpiece groundhog Day, Shannon has wowed audiences with his unique talent for over three decades.



Shannon has been nominated for prestigious awards such as Oscars and Golden Globes for his acting work and has worked with impressive directors such as Sam Mendes and Guillermo del Toro, as well as other stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Chris Evans, Matthew McConaughey and Kate Winslet. Lauded for his on-screen versatility, the actor keeps viewers engaged with his compelling characters and bold imagery, but he consistently plays against the eye-eyed intensity he’s known for by appearing in goofy comedy shows like Outsourced and At home with Amy Sedaris. Shannon will star alongside Brad Pitt (before he retires) in the highly anticipated upcoming action comedy fast train, portrays crime leader White Death. These are some of Michael Shannon’s best films.


9 Midnight Special

Featuring an impressive cast led by Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton and Kirsten Dunst, the 2016 science fiction film Midnight Special follows stubborn father Roy Tomlin as he goes on the run with his son Alton. They embark on what is essentially an epic road movie as the group dodges both the government and a nefarious religious cult, who desperately try to track down the couple when the boy is revealed to have special powers.

Shannon offers a compelling performance as Roy, a desperate man who joins forces with his close friend Lucas (Edgerton) and his wife Sarah (Dunst) to flee the powerful forces that hunt them; The sci-fi flick marks the fourth collaboration between Shann and director Jeff Nichols. Midnight Special was selected to compete for the prestigious Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival and debuted to critical acclaim.

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8th take shelter

The 2011 psychological thriller chronicles a man’s struggle with daunting apocalyptic visions take shelter follows Curtis LaForche from a small town in Ohio, a devoted father and husband who is increasingly reeling from disturbing visions of the end of the world and questions whether he should protect his family from disaster or from himself. Michael Shannon won the Saturn Award for Best Actor for his brilliant portrayal of Curtis, who begins to wonder if he is suffering from paranoid schizophrenia or if he is actually foreseeing the future, causing discord in his family dynamic. take shelter features an ambiguous ending that leaves viewers questioning the fate of the La Forches, while refreshingly and honestly exploring devastating themes of insanity, masculinity and rural America.


7 The Iceman

Featuring Hollywood stars like Michael Shannon, a great Winona Ryder, and the 2012 biographical crime drama Chris Evans The Iceman tells the compelling true story of legendary New Jersey hitman Richard Kuklinski, who earned a chilling reputation as a ruthless hitman while managing to hide his terrifying profession from his wife and children. Nicknamed the Iceman due to his attempt to freeze the body of one of his victims to disguise the time of his death, Kuklinski was seen as a loving family man with a short, violent temper, having eventually been convicted of five murders in 1988 and sentenced to life in prison . Shannon is chillingly great as a mafia hitman, and the New York Times declared that the actor’s “hypnotic portrayal of Richard Kuklinski, a notorious hitman, has that paradoxical quality inherent in many big screen appearances of being unreadable and transparent”.


6 99 houses

Michael Shannon was nominated for a Golden Globe for headlining the 2014 drama 99 houses alongside Andrew Garfield and Laura Dern, who stars as homicidal real estate entrepreneur Rick Carver, who agrees to take desperate, newly homeless, single father Dennis Nash under his wing and force the reluctant young man to move people out of their homes in exchange to evict for his own. Carver teaches Nash the legal and illegal tips and tricks of the foreclosure game, but as his fortune grows exponentially, he begins to struggle with a crisis of conscience over his actions. Speaking about working with the extraordinary Shannon, director Ramin Bahrani told The Wrap: “What I can tell you about Michael, he’s a bulldog. He grabs the scene and doesn’t let go. It’s 100 percent energy on every single take. For me it was a very rare experience with an actor.”


5 dirt

Matthew McConaughey made his comeback as the titular escapee in the 2012 coming-of-age drama dirt, which follows the character on the run as he hides out on a small island in the Mississippi River, where he is aided by teenagers Ellis and Neckbone, who set out to reunite him with his longtime love. In the gripping Southern drama, Michael portrays Shannon Galen, Neck’s laid-back diving uncle who he lives with and supervises, proving to audiences once again his innate ability to take even a supporting role and truly make it his own .

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At its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival (where it competed for the Palme d’Or) dirt received widespread critical acclaim and was a box office hit, with praise for the excellence of its cast, the intimate screenplay and the exceptional storytelling of director Jeff Nichols. The director and actor work together again, bolstering each other’s talents since the early masterpiece Shotgun Tales.


4 Nocturnal animals

Tom Ford directed the 2016 neo-noir psychological thriller Nocturnal animals, Featuring a dazzling ensemble cast including Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Adams and Michael Shannon, it centers on prolific art gallery owner Susan Morrow, who is forced to confront her dark past and marriage after receiving her first husband’s ominous manuscript.

Based on the novel by Austin Wright tony and susan, Ford was drawn to take on the offbeat project because of its central themes, with the creator saying, “… what appealed to me as a writer and filmmaker was the idea of ​​this device to communicate with someone through a work of fiction. Through a written work of fiction. And to communicate something that they couldn’t really communicate clearly. I loved that concept.” Michael Shannon portrays dedicated detective Bobby Andes, who investigates the violent incident that unfolds in the novel written by Susan’s ex-husband, with the thriller depicting matching stories.


3 The shape of the water

The Oscar-winning 2017 romantic fantasy drama The shape of the water tells the captivating story of the mute cleaning lady Elisa Esposito, a woman in 1960s Baltimore who works for a mysterious maximum security government laboratory and discovers a mythical humanoid creature with whom she develops an unusual bond. In Guillermo del Toro’s masterpiece, Michael Shannon stars as Colonel Richard Strickland, the ruthless man responsible for the secret study that captured the human-like amphibian from a South American river.

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The shape of the water was acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for its stunning visuals, production design and performances; The Los Angeles Times wrote: “Magical, suspenseful and romantic to the core, a sensual and fantastical fairy tale with moral undertones, it’s a film that obeys all the rules and none of them, and forges its own path with fierce abandon.” “


2 Revolutionary Street

titanic Co-stars and Hollywood royalty Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet reunited for the 2008 romance drama Revolutionary Street, a theatrical adaptation of Justin Haythe’s novel of the same name about the illusion of the American dream. The film follows struggling 1950s couple Frank and April Wheeler as they face the failure of their marriage as they attempt to raise a family in suburban Connecticut. With the additional talent of Michael Shannon, David Harbor and Kathryn Hahn, the emotionally driven film delves into the couple’s complicated relationships with each other, as well as their close friends and family.

Shannon earned universal acclaim for his role as the “clinically insane” (by 1950s standards, but also extremely perceptive) John Givings Jr., whom April tries to help and with whom he forms an endearing bond. The actor snagged the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor for Revolutionary Street and was nominated for an Oscar for his scene-stealing performance.


1 knife out

Rian Johnson’s 2019 star-studded mystery extravaganza knife out focuses on the brilliant private detective Benoit Blanc tasked with investigating the mysterious death of famed novelist Harlan Thrombey, with the eccentric PI suspecting every member of the dysfunctional and mysterious clan. Wanting to create an Agatha Christie-inspired crime thriller, Johnson enlisted the talent of dynamic cast members like Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas and Michael Shannon to create the captivating flick. It may not be Shannon’s greatest achievement, but he is excellent in a small role in a grand masterpiece.

knife out was a smash hit with both box office and critics alike, grossing over $300 million at the box office and numerous accolades including Saturn Awards and Oscar and Golden Globe nominations. Slate gushed over the picture, writing: “knife out knows exactly what kind of film it is: a twisted crime story show with all-star cast that loves and respects that goofy tradition.”

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