Michael Shannon - Famous Actor

Michael Shannon Net Worth


Michael Shannon is an American actor, producer, and musician who has a net worth of $8 million. He earned Academy Award nominations for the films ‘Revolutionary Road’ (2008) and ‘Nocturnal Animals’ (2016), played Nelson Van Alden/George Mueller on the HBO series ‘Boardwalk Empire,’ and has more than 100 acting credits to his name.

Key facts:

  • Michael Shannon is an American actor, musician, and producer.
  • He earned Academy Award nominations for the movies “Revolutionary Road” and “Nocturnal Animals.”
  • Shannon played Nelson Van Alden in the HBO series “Boardwalk Empire” from 201 to 2014.
  • He has more than 100 acting credits to his name, including films like “The Shape of Water,” “Knives Out,” “Man of Steel,” and “Take Shelter.”
  • In addition to acting, Michael Shannon produced films like “Waco” and “What They Had,” and he was an executive producer on the movie “Elvis & Nixon.”

Basic Information About Michael Shannon

CategoryCelebrities › Actors
ProfessionsActor, Musician
Net worth$8,000,000
Date of birth1974-08-07 (49 years old)
Place of birthLexington
NationalityUnited States of America
Curiosities and TrademarksOften plays crazed characters
Deep authoritative voice
Towering, imposing stature
Square jaw and wild blue eyes
Frequently works with Jeff Nichols
SpouseKate Arrington - (31 August 2019 - present) (2 children)
Height6 ft 2 in (1.9 m)
Social Media↗︎ Wikipedia ↗︎ IMDb

What Movie Awards did Michael Shannon win?


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Michael Shannon awards

Award Name State Movie / Series Name Year
Golden Carp Film Award - International - Best Ensemble PerformanceNomineeKnives Out2020
Gold Derby Award - Ensemble CastNomineeKnives Out2020
HFCS Award - Best Supporting ActorWinnerHell or High Water2017
Oscar - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting RoleNomineeNocturnal Animals2017
AACTA International Award - Best Supporting ActorNomineeNocturnal Animals2017
AFCA Award - Best Supporting ActorNomineeNocturnal Animals2016
BSFC Award - Best Supporting ActorNomineeNocturnal Animals2016
Critics Choice Award - Best Supporting ActorNomineeNocturnal Animals2016
COFCA Award - Actor of the YearWinnerNocturnal Animals2017
CFCA Award - Best Supporting ActorNomineeNocturnal Animals2016
Oscar - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting RoleNomineeRevolutionary Road2009
CFCA Award - Best Supporting ActorNomineeRevolutionary Road2008
Chlotrudis Award - Best Supporting ActorNomineeRevolutionary Road2009
ICP Award - Best Supporting PerformanceNomineeRevolutionary Road2008
Ensemble Cast Award - WinnerRevolutionary Road2009
Virtuoso Award - WinnerRevolutionary Road2009
Satellite Award - Best Actor in a Supporting RoleWinnerRevolutionary Road2008
ICP Award - Best Lead PerformanceWinnerShame2011
Chairman's Vanguard Award - WinnerThe Shape of Water2018
COFCA Award - Actor of the YearWinnerMidnight Special2017
Halfway Award - Best ActorNomineeMidnight Special2016
OFCC Award - Best Body of WorkNomineeMidnight Special2017
SDFCS Award - Best Body of WorkWinnerMidnight Special2016
ICP Award - Best Lead PerformanceNomineeBug2007
Gotham Independent Film Award - Best Ensemble PerformanceWinnerBefore the Devil Knows You're Dead2007
Robert Altman Award - WinnerMud2014
Saturn Award - Best ActorWinnerTake Shelter2012
AFCA Award - Best ActorWinnerTake Shelter2011
CFCA Award - Best ActorWinnerTake Shelter2011
Chlotrudis Award - Best ActorWinnerTake Shelter2012
DFWFCA Award - Best ActorNomineeTake Shelter2011
ICP Award - Best Lead PerformanceWinnerTake Shelter2011
ICS Award - Best ActorNomineeTake Shelter2012
INOCA - Best ActorNomineeTake Shelter2012
IOMA - Best Actor (Miglior attore protagonista)NomineeTake Shelter2013
NYFCO Award - Best ActorWinnerTake Shelter2011
OFCS Award - Best ActorNomineeTake Shelter2012
SDFCS Award - Best ActorWinnerTake Shelter2011
Satellite Award - Best Actor in a Motion PictureNomineeTake Shelter2011
TFCA Award - Best ActorWinnerTake Shelter2011
VVFP Award - Best ActorWinnerTake Shelter2011
WAFCA Award - Best ActorNomineeTake Shelter2011
Honors - Outstanding Achievement in ActingWinnerThe Iceman2013
COFCA Award - Actor of the YearWinnerLoving2017
OFCC Award - Best Body of WorkNomineeLoving2017
SDFCS Award - Best Body of WorkWinnerLoving2016
Actor - Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting RoleNominee99 Homes2016
EDA Award - Best Supporting ActorNominee99 Homes2016
AFCA Award - Best Supporting ActorNominee99 Homes2015
Critics Choice Award - Best Supporting ActorNominee99 Homes2016

Michael Shannon roles

Movie / Series Role
Knives OutWalt Thrombey
Vanilla SkyAaron
Pearl HarborLt. Gooz Wood
Let's Go to PrisonLynard
Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeZod
Nocturnal AnimalsBobby Andes
12 StrongHal Spencer
Man of SteelGeneral Zod
Revolutionary RoadJohn Givings
8 MileGreg Buehl
The Shape of WaterRichard Strickland
Groundhog DayFred
Fahrenheit 451Captain Beatty
Midnight SpecialRoy
BugPeter Evans
Before the Devil Knows You're DeadDex
Jonah HexDoc Cross Williams
The Current WarGeorge Westinghouse
Bad Boys IIFloyd Poteet
Take ShelterCurtis
The RunawaysKim Fowley
Echo BoomersMel Donnelly
The IcemanRichard Kuklinski
LovingGrey Villet
She's Funny That WayPoliceman Macy's
World Trade CenterDave Karnes
Machine Gun PreacherDonnie
High CrimesTroy Abbott
The Night BeforeMr. Green
Premium RushBobby Monday
Chain ReactionD.C. Flower Delivery Man
99 HomesRick Carver
The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New OrleansMundt
Kangaroo JackFrankie Lombardo
TigerlandSgt. Filmore
The QuarryChief John Moore
The WoodsmanRosen
Cecil B. DementedPetie (as Mike Shannon)
The GreatestJordan Walker
They Came TogetherSpike
Law & Order: Special Victims UnitAvery Shaw 1 episode, 2005
Room 104Nathan 1 episode, 2018
Made in HollywoodSelf 6 episodes, 2010-2019
The Little Drummer GirlMartin Kurtz 6 episodes, 2018
Boardwalk EmpireNelson Van Alden / ... 56 episodes, 2010-2014
At Home with Amy SedarisJohnny Shannon / ... 3 episodes, 2017-2020
DelocatedMark 1 episode, 2009
Our Cartoon PresidentNarrator 1 episode, 2018

Michael Shannon's Quotes

  • [on his early acting days] I would work at Chicago store-front theaters that were little rooms with folding chairs. I did it for free and never really had the ambition to become a movie actor. I just loved acting and never had a desire to move to L.A. But I was fortunate to tell some great stories and I wound up taking shows on the road to London and New York.
  • [on filming My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (2009)] I certainly did a lot of traveling with this film. I went to Peru with Werner, and that alone made the experience worth it. Because first of all, I went to Peru, which I would have never done. I don't travel for fun, because I travel so much with my work; when I'm not working, I mostly want to stay home. So I went to Peru and China, to Kashgar. I saw the old city in Kashgar, which 10 years from now probably won't even be there anymore. Those are the fond memories. You know, standing up at Machu Picchu and Werner (Herzog) pointing to the various places, like "I shot the opening of Aguirre, Wrath of God (1972) over there. When were shooting Fitzcarraldo (1982), we stayed in those shacks down there by the river." It's like his own personal playground.
  • [on if he's inherently drawn to unhinged characters, or is this what people just tend to cast him in] It's probably a combination of things. When people are casting things, movies and what not, they go on impressions they have of people, you know. The impressions they have of you are based on what they've seen you in. But I also think I find a lot of differences in the characters I've played, regardless of whether they may be violent or angry or act out or, you know, have lapses of control. I still find them all pretty interesting in their own regard, and not incredibly similar. I think if you took scenes from each of the films and put them on a loop, or played them back to back, you would maybe see more of the subtle differences between them. I think part of the reason I got into this was because I'm generally in touch with the uneasy side of myself and things in general, probably. I think the world's an uneasy place, filled with anxiety and problems, so maybe the voices of the characters I play are representative of that.
  • [on what makes him smile] My daughter. She makes me smile, and my family. I think a lot of times what makes you smile is unexpected, it catches you off guard, surprises you; something may make you smile one day and it may not necessarily make you smile the next. It's a mystery what makes any of us happy and [happiness is] usually fleeting.
  • [on if he feels he has an "intense" or conflicted-looking face as seemingly others do] Well, there seems to be something inherently intense about my face - I guess my bone structure. Even if I'm just sitting in a totally neutral state, not thinking about anything in particular, that [intensity] is projected on my face. I have wondered over the years why that is. A friend of mine once said it looks like I have psychic baggage, which I guess is true to a certain extent - although I have a hard time imagining anybody who doesn't. I guess it just comes through maybe more clearly on my face than other people's faces. I don't know.

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What You Need to Know About Michael Shannon?

Michael Shannon is one of the most talented actors of his generation, impressing audiences and critics alike with his raw intensity and unmatched range. Born in 1974 in Lexington, Kentucky, to an accounting professor father and lawyer mother, Shannon began his acting journey in high school, studying at Evanston Township High School in Chicago before dropping out after one semester. Since then, Shannon starred in many movies, TV shows, and theatre productions.

Early Life and Education

Shannon had an early interest in music and acting, and he began his acting career right after high school. He started acting in plays with the Griffin Theatre Company and Next Theatre Company. Later he made his first TV appearance in the 1992 TV movie Overexposed. Throughout the 90s, he appeared in movies like Groundhog Day (1993), Chain Reaction (1996), Jesus’ Son (1999), and The Ride (1999). Michael attended New Trier Township High School in Winnetka, Illinois, and Evanston Township High School in Chicago.


Michael Shannon began his career by appearing in a number of films. He became known as a versatile actor who could play both dark and comedic roles. He has been praised for his roles in Revolutionary Road (2008), Take Shelter (2011), Boardwalk Empire (201-2014), and Nocturnal Animals (2016). He earned Academy Award nominations for the films ‘Revolutionary Road’ (2008) and ‘Nocturnal Animals’ (2016).

Michael was famous for his television series ‘Boardwalk Empire,’ in which he played Nelson Van Alden/George Mueller from 201 to 2014 on HBO. Michael had also served as the executive producer of several TV series and movies, such as ‘Elvis & Nixon’ (2016) and ‘Waco.’

Additionally, Shannon has starred in Blockbuster movies like “Pearl Harbor” (2001), “Man of Steel” (2013), and “The Shape of Water” (2017). He played the antagonist General Zod in the Superman movie. Furthermore, he voices iconic characters in animations like ‘Kangaroo Jack’ (2003). Moreover, Shannon knows how to keep himself busy, with numerous projects in development.

Awards and Nominations

As an actor, producer and musician, Michael Shannon has received several accolades throughout his career. He earned his first Academy Award nomination for ‘Revolutionary Road,’ and his second nod for the noir-thriller ‘Nocturnal Animals’. Michael Shannon’s other notable films include ‘Take Shelter,’ ‘Elvis & Nixon.

Shannon has acted on both film and television and also showcased his talent on stage. He performed on Broadway shows ‘Grace’ (2012), ‘Long Day’s Journey into Night’ (2016), receiving Tony Award nomination.’

What Is Michael Shannon’s Net Worth?

As of 2021, Michael Shannon has a net worth of $8 million. The major source of his wealth primarily comes from working in Hollywood as an actor, producer, theatre artist and his time as a musician

Personal Life

As a very private individual, Michael Shannon mostly keeps details about his personal life out of the public sphere, although he has not hidden being romantically involved with Kate Arrington. Their relationship has been ongoing since 201.

The Conclusion

Michael Shannon’s impressive career, his ability to deliver magnificent performances, and his dynamism and versatility make him one of the greats in the entertainment industry. There is no doubt that his upcoming projects, including ‘Bullet Train’(2022), and ‘Amsterdam’ (2022) are thrilled for Michael’s relatively private fans, and everyone interested in quality art should pay attention.

Interesting Facts about Michael Shannon

  1. He was awarded the 1992 Joseph Jefferson Award Citation for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for "Fun/Nobody" at the Next Lab Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
  2. He was nominated for a 2002 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for "Bug" at the A Red Orchid Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
  3. He was nominated for a 2007 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play for "The Pillowman" at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.
  4. His favorite films are Alphaville (1965), The King of Comedy (1982), Dekalog (1989), Crumb (1994) and I Stand Alone (1998).
  5. He was nominated for a 2010 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for "Mistakes Were Made" at the Red Orchid Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
  6. Partner of actress Kate Arrington and father of their daughters, Sylvia and Marion.
  7. Is the first non-British actor to play Superman's enemy General Zod.
  8. Attended and graduated from New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois.
  9. Parents are Donald Sutherlin Shannon and Geraldine Hine; has one brother: Dave.
  10. Grandson of well-known entomologist Raymond Corbett Shannon (1894-1945).
  11. His father was an accounting professor at DePaul University and his mother is a lawyer.
  12. Currently resides in Red Hook, Brooklyn, New York. [January 2011]
  13. According to a 2014 Hollywood Reporter article, Smokin' Aces (2006) director Joe Carnahan fired Michael Shannon for being rude to a costume designer and replaced him with Chris Pine.
  14. He was awarded the 2013 Equity Joseph Jefferson Award for Principal Actor in a Play for "Simpatico" at the A Red Orchid Theater in Chicago, Illinois.
  15. One of his favorite shows is Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist (1995).
  16. Avid longtime fan of pulp novelist Jim Thompson.
  17. Despite starring in multiple acclaimed films in 2016, many of them under-performed at the box office. Nocturnal Animals (2016) grossed $10.6 million domestic and $30.7 million worldwide on a $22.5 million budget. Loving (2016), produced on a $9 million budget, grossed little over $9.1 million. Midnight Special (2016) with its $18 million budget grossed $3.7 million domestic and a mere $6.2 million worldwide. Elvis & Nixon (2016) grossed little over $1 million on a $4 million budget. Frank & Lola (2016) earned just $9,188 domestic. And Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), while not critically acclaimed, needed to gross $800 million in order to recoup its $300 million production and $165 million marketing budgets, according to financial analysts. In the end, it earned $873.3 million worldwide but it was still considered a disappointment by Warner Bros given the film's hefty investment.
  18. He was awarded the 2018 Joseph Jefferson Equity Award for Midsize Play Director for "Traitor" at A Red Orchid Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.

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