Michael Shannon was born in Lexington, Kentucky on August 7, 1974. He enjoyed a childhood in Lexington before moving to Chicago to begin a professional stage career. His first stage performance was in the play Winterset at the Illinois Theatre Center. He continued over the next few years to act in several plays in Chicago and London and garnered great success for these roles. However, Shannon eventually made his way from stage acting to starring in feature films. Shannon often plays deranged characters, and is most recognized for his part in the 1997 film Chicago Cab, which is a film based on a successful stage play, Hellcab. Some of Shannon's other notable works include three 2003 films, Kangaroo Jack, Grand Theft Parsons and Bad Boys. In 1992, Shannon won the Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play, for the play, Fun/Nobody. Shannon has been nominated several times over the years for this particular award and other Joseph Jefferson Awards.