Birth Name: Michael Shannon
Birth Place: Lexington, Kentucky, USA
Born Aug. 7, 1974 in Lexington, KY, Shannon made his professional theater debut in "Winterset" at the Illinois Theater Center. He became deeply involved with theater groups throughout the state, including the acclaimed Steppenwolf Theater Company, but focused much of his energy on the Red Orchid Theater, which he helped to co-found in 1993. As a member of the company, Shannon originated roles in several acclaimed productions, including "Killer Joe" (1998), "Man from Nebraska" (2003) and "Bug" (2003) - each of which would eventually bring him to Broadway and London's West End. "Bug," in particular, helped to cement Shannon in the minds of critics and fans; a harrowing two-person play about a ...
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