Gary Noesner

Played by Michael Shannon

Gary Noesner

Michael Shannon reprises his role as Gary Noesner, the FBI hostage negotiator who is disturbed by the Waco siege and determined to prevent further violence. 

Michael Shannon reprises his role as Gary Noesner, the FBI hostage negotiator who is disturbed by the Waco siege and determined to prevent further violence. 

Michael Shannon

Academy Award®, Golden Globe® and Tony Award® nominated actor Michael Shannon continues to make his mark in entertainment, working with the industry's most respected talent and treading the boards in notable theaters around the world.

Shannon will next be seen starring in Michael Maren's A Little White Lie, opposite Kate Hudson and Don Johnson. The film follows a small college, who is desperate to make a splash in the literary world, thinks they have found Shriver (Shannon), a famous writer who has been in hiding for 20 years. Distributed by Saban Films, the film is slated to release March 3, 2023.

Most recently, Shannon starred opposite Jessica Chastain in Showtime's limited series, George & Tammy. The series follows the tempestuous marriage of Country & Western music couple George Jones (Shannon) and Tammy Wynette (Chastain).

Shannon recently wrapped lensing his directorial debut, Eric LaRue, a film based on the Brett Neveu play of the same name that debuted at A Red Orchid Theatre in Chicago in 2002. Neveu is also adapting the script. The film follows 'Janice,' the mother of a 17-year-old boy, 'Eric,' who shot and killed three of his classmates. As 'Janice' faces a meeting of the mothers of the other boys, and a long-delayed visit to her son in prison, the story becomes not about the violence but about what we choose to think and do in order to survive trauma.

Shannon has completed production on Jeff Nichols' The Bikeriders, alongside Austin Butler, Jodie Comer, Tom Hardy, Boyd Holdbrook and Damon Herriman. The film is an original story set in the 1960s following the rise of a fictional Midwestern motorcycle club from a gathering place for local outsiders into a more sinister gang. This marks Shannon's eighth re-team with Nichols. He last appeared in his drama, Loving. Previous collaborations with Nichols include Hank the Cowdog; Midnight Special; Take Shelter, for which he received a 2011 Film Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actor; as well as the films Mud and Shotgun Stories. Shannon will next lens in Václav Marhoul's McCarthy, opposite Emilia Clarke, Dane DeHaan and Scoot McNairy. The biopic is centered around the life of controversial U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy (Shannon), portrayed as the man behind anti-communist doctrine McCarthyism, depicting what drove a lawyer and decorated former U.S. Marine down an unprecedented path of demagoguery, show-trials and venomous populism.

Upcoming, Shannon reprises his role in Drew and John Erick Dowdle's Waco: The Aftermath, on which he also serves as an executive producer. Showtime will launch the series in 2023 to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the tragic events in Texas. Following that, Shannon also reprises his role in the DC Comics multiverse through Andrés Muschietti's The Flash, which Warner Brothers is slated to release June 23, 2023.

Most notably, Shannon garnered critical acclaim for his Academy Award® nominated supporting role in Sam Mendes' Revolutionary Road, playing 'John Givings,' the psychologically troubled neighbor's son opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and Kathy Bates. He went on to be nominated for a Golden Globe®, Screen Actors Guild®, Critics Choice®, Gotham Award® and Film Independent Spirit Award for his role in Ramin Bahrani's timely drama 99 Homes, co-starring opposite Andrew Garfield. Set against the backdrop of the economic crisis, Shannon portrayed 'Rick Carver,' a charismatic and ruthless real estate tycoon gaming the market and home banking system. Additional accolades include an Academy Award® and Critics Choice® nomination in Tom Ford's Nocturnal Animals, opposite Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Adams and Aaron Taylor Johnson; as well as Guillermo del Toro's critically acclaimed drama, The Shape of Water, alongside Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and Octavia Spencer which won the 2018 Academy Award® for Best Picture.

With nearly ninety roles in film, Shannon's credits include David O. Russell's Amsterdam; David Leitch's action thriller Bullet Train; Spencer Squire's thriller, Abandoned; Jennifer Reeder 's Night's Out; Michael Mailer's Heart of a Champion; Seth Savoy's Echo Boomers; Scott Teems' The Quarry; Rian Johnson's Knives Out; Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's The Current War; Meredith Danluck's State Like Sleep; Elizabeth Chomko's, What They Had; Nicolai Fuglsig's 12 Strong; Werner Herzog's Salt and Fire; Bart Freundlich's Wolves; Matthew M. Ross' Frank & Lola; Joshua Marston's Complete Unknown; Liza Johnson's Elvis & Nixon; Jonathan Levine's The Night Before; Peter Sollett's Freeheld; John McNaughton's The Harvest; Jake Paltrow's The Young Ones; Zack Snyder's Man of Steel; Ariel Vromen's The Iceman; David Koepp's Premium Rush; Liza Johnson's Return; Marc Forster's Machine Gun Preacher; Floria Sigismondi's The Runaways; Werner Herzog's My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done and Bad Lieutenant; Sydney Lumet's Before the Devil Knows You're Dead; Oliver Stone's World Trade Center; William Friedkin's Bug; Curtis Hanson's Lucky You; Michael Bay's Bad Boys II; Curtis Hanson's 8 Mile; David McNally's Kangaroo Jack; Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky; Michael Bay's Pearl Harbor; John Waters' Cecil B. DeMented; Noah Buschel's The Missing Person and Shana Feste's The Greatest.

On television, Shannon was most recently seen in Hulu's drama series, Nine Perfect Strangers. His television credits also include Chan-wook Park's AMC mini-series, The Little Drummer Girl; Jay and Mark Duplass' HBO anthology series Room 104; Ramin Bahrani's HBO film Fahrenheit 451; Drew and John Erick Dowdle's Paramount Network limited series Waco; as well as Martin Scorsese's HBO series, Boardwalk Empire.

Outside of his roles on screen, Shannon maintains a strong connection to theater. In 2018, he directed the world premiere of Traitor, Brett Neveu's adaption of Henrik Ibsen's Enemy of the People, for which he won a Jeff Award in the category of Best Director in a Midsize Play. He was last seen on stage starring in Terrence McNally's final production, the Broadway revival of Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, which was nominated for a Tony® nomination in the category for Best Revival of a Play. Also on Broadway, Shannon co-starred alongside Jessica Lange, Gabriel Byrne, and John Gallagher Jr. in Jonathan Kent's Long Day's Journey into Night for the Roundabout Theater Company. The revival of Eugene O'Neill's drama led Shannon to a 2016 Tony® nomination for 'Supporting Actor' as well as 2016 Drama Desk Award for 'Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play.' Additional Broadway credits include Grace (Cort Theatre) for which he was nominated for a 2013 Distinguished Performance Drama League Award.

Additional theater credits include Simpatico (McCarter Theatre Center); Uncle Vanya (Soho Rep Theatre); Mistakes Were Made (Barrow Street Theater and A Red Orchid Theatre) for which he earned an Outstanding Lead Actor Lortel Award nomination, Outstanding Actor in a Play Drama Desk Award nomination, Outstanding Solo Performance Outer Critics Award nomination, and a Distinguished Performance Drama League Award nomination; Our Town (Barrow Street Theater); Lady (Rattlestick Theatre); The Metal Children (Vineyard Theatre); The Little Flower of East Orange (Public Theatre); The Pillowman (Steppenwolf Theatre); Bug (Barrow Street Theatre, Red Orchid Theatre and Gate Theatre); Man From Nebraska (Steppenwolf Theatre); Killer Joe (SoHo Playhouse, Next Lab Theatre and Vaudeville Theatre); The Idiot (Lookingglass Theatre); and Woyzeck (Gate Theatre). Shannon is a founder of A Red Orchid Theater in Chicago and was also seen in productions on that stage inclusive of Victims of Duty; Pilgrim's Progress; Mr. Kolpert; and The Killer.

Michael Shannon grew up in Lexington, Kentucky and began his professional stage career in Chicago, Illinois.

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