A Hollywood movie star is in town filming a new film and we caught him in action on a movie set downtown.   Michael Shannon, who starred  in Boardwalk Empire, Vanilla Sky, Jonah Hex, and Pearl Harbor was spotted yesterday afternoon downtown on Milam Street. 

Michael Shannon

He's currently filming The Iceman, which  is one of two major movie productions now underway in Shreveport.  It's the true story of notorious contract killer and family man Richard Kuklinski, the role Shannon plays.  THAT movie also features a long list of big-name celebs — including Winona Ryder, Chris Evans, David Schwimmer and Ray Liotta.   You might just see them around town as well.

Michael Shannon grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, and began his professional stage career in Chicago. His first acting role was in "Winterset" at the Illinois Theatre Center.

Over the next several years he continued working on the stage with such companies as Steppenwolf, The Next Lab and the Red Orchid Theatre.

He subsequently relocated to London for a year, and performed on stage in London's West End in such productions as "Woyzeck", "Killer Joe" and "Bug".

While in Chicago,  Shannon also kept busy in front of movie and television cameras, most notably in the big screen project "Chicago Cab", based on the long-running stage play "Hellcab". "Kangaroo Jack" marked the third Jerry Bruckheimer production in which Shannon has appeared.

He also appeared in "Bad Boys II", directed by Michael Bay and starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, and in "Grand Theft Parsons", with Johnny Knoxville and Christina Applegate.

In addition, Shannon appeared in "Pearl Harbor", also directed by Bay. His other film credits also include Curtis Hanson's "8 Mile";  Cameron Crowe's "Vanilla Sky" with Tom Cruise; Carl Franklin's "High Crimes" with Morgan Freeman; John Waters' "Cecil B. DeMented", and Joel Schumacher's war drama "Tigerland".

"Machine Gun Preacher" Premiere - 2011 Toronto International Film Festival
Actor Michael Shannon photo by Getty Images
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