100% apropos of nothing

So, between patients this evening, I've been reading this lovely little article in the Times about the lesser-known nominees in this year's Oscar pool. Out of curiosity, I clicked on the link for Michael Shannon's name (he's nominated for Supporting Actor for "Revolutionary Road") to see what else he's been in. I don't know what to make of this:

Alternate name Linda Mason Rockstroh? In trying to pin this down (aka Google searching), I came across yet more ambiguity.

Is Linda Rockstroh female, as her own Times bio states? The following certainly doesn't clear anything up:

Is Linda the drag secret identity of Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon? Are they married, and "alternate name" is code for "spouse"? Who on earth is Steve Posey, and is he also Michael Shannon?

I totally hope Michael Shannon shows up to the Oscar ceremony as alter ego Linda Rockstroh. It would confuse Joan Rivers, whose baseline is generally pretty addled to begin with, into a mental state that would make for once-in-a-lifetime viewing.


  1. It just must be some kind of typo. Linda Rockstroh is an Assistant Director, or Second Unit Director. Michael Shannon has always been a man. They are not the same person. You should be aware of the old dictum for computers: Garbage in, garbage out.

  2. Well, of course it's an error of some kind. I just think it's a particularly hilarious error in that:

    1) It's been replicated at a totally different website.
    2) It's struck both of the people in question. (I still can't get over Steve Posey.)

  3. Also to note is that Michael J Shannon is a different person to Michael Shannon, although a lot of websites get their filmography mixed up.