Michael Shannon - Illustrated Profile - Kentucky to the World

Actor and musician Michael Shannon was born in Lexington, KY in 1974. Shannon is known for his many roles in such notable films as ‘Pearl Harbor’ (2001), ‘8 Mile’ (2002), ‘Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead’ (2007), ‘The Iceman’ (2012), ‘Midnight Special’ (2016), and ‘The Shape Of Water’ (2017). For his performance in the latter, he received three film award nominations for Best Supporting Actor. Making his film debut playing opposite Bill Murray in ‘Groundhog Day’ (1993), the actor has appeared in over 70 movies, 10 television shows, and upwards of 20 stage productions.

Even with a full-fledged acting career to manage, Shannon also fronts the indie folk-rock band Corporal with bandmate Ray Rizzo, who he has played music with since 2002. Though they haven’t released a record since 2010, Shannon continues to play shows with Corporal and occasionally as a solo artist. He currently resides in Brooklyn with his partner and fellow actor Kate Arrington and their two daughters, but frequently makes trips back to the Bluegrass state to perform or campaign for local democratic candidates.

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