|Born||Franklin Shea Whigham, Jr.
January 5, 1969
Tallahassee, Florida, U.S.
Early life 
Whigham was born in Tallahassee, Florida, in 1969 to attorney Frank and school librarian Beth, moving to Lake Mary when he was five years old. He attended Tyler Junior College (Tyler, Texas) and after completing studies there, transferred to the State University of New York at Purchase, where he was part of a small acting program with only 31 students and a graduating class of eight seniors. After graduating, he co-founded New York City theatre troupe The Rorschach Group with his college roommate Kirk Acevedo; he was actor and artistic director with the troupe for three years.
Whigham appeared in one 1997 episode of the television series Ghost Stories before he received a starring role in the 2000 film Tigerland, alongside Colin Farrell and future Boardwalk Empire co-star Michael Shannon. He went on to appear in the television movies Submerged, R.U.S./H. and Paradise before acting in the 2003 film All the Real Girls. Between 2004 and 2006, he was credited in the Japanese film Out of This World, the drama television series Medical Investigation, the films Water and Man of the House, the television movie Faith of My Fathers, and the films Lords of Dogtown, Psychic Driving and South of Heaven.
Whigham has a regular role on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. He portrays Elias "Eli" Thompson, sheriff of Atlantic City, New Jersey, and brother of the main character Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi).
|1998||Of Love & Fantasy||Craig||Video|
|2002||Bad Company||Agent Wells (uncredited)|
|2003||All the Real Girls||Tip|
|2004||Out of This World||Russell Reade|
|2005||Man of the House||Ranger Holt|
|2005||Lords of Dogtown||Drake Landon|
|2005||Psychic Driving||Ryan Barrett||Short film|
|2006||Wristcutters: A Love Story||Eugene|
|2006||First Snow||Vincent McClure|
|2008||South of Heaven||Mad Dog Mantee|
|2008||Pride and Glory||Kenny Dugan|
|2009||Blood Creek||Luke Benny|
|2009||The Killing Room||Tony Mazzolla|
|2009||Fast & Furious||Stasiak|
|2009||The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans||Justin|
|2010||Radio Free Albemuth||Phil|
|2010||The Conspirator||Capt. Cottingham|
|2011||The Lincoln Lawyer||Corliss|
|2011||This Must Be the Place||Ernie Ray|
|2012||Big Miracle||SAR Pilot Conrad|
|2012||Silver Linings Playbook||Jake|
|2013||Knight of Cups||Post-production|
|2013||The Wolf of Wall Street||Filming|
|1997||Ghost Stories||Eric Duke||Episode: "Cold in the Grave"|
|2000||Smuggler's Run||Jon (voice)||Video game|
|2001||Submerged||Capt. Oliver Naquin||TV movie|
|2002||R.U.S./H.||Odell Tippy||TV movie|
|2004||Paradise||Jeremiah Alcott||TV movie|
|2004||Medical Investigation||Barrett Fidler||Episode: "In Bloom"
Episode: "Coming Home"
|2005||Faith of My Fathers||Norris Overly||TV movie|
|2006||ER||Bobby Kenyon||3 episodes|
|2007||Standoff||Andre / Jared Kendall||Episode: "Ex-Factor"|
|2009||Lie to Me||Jered Blunt||Episode: "Life Is Priceless"|
|2009||Numb3rs||Tom Kardum||Episode: "The Fifth Man"|
|2009||Medium||Patrick Wilkes||Episode: "New Terrain"|
|2010-2012||Boardwalk Empire||Elias 'Eli' Thompson||Main role|
- "Interview: Shea Whigham". When I Said I Wanted to Be Your Blog. 2 November 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-29.
- Roger Moore (27 October 2007). "'Wrist' could be big break". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2008-03-29.
- "An interview with Wristcutters' Shea Whigham". Central Florida Future. 2 November 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-29.
- Jason Buchanan. "Shea Whigham: Biography". Allmovie. Retrieved 2008-03-29.