Walton Goggins

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Walton Goggins
Walton Goggins March 19, 2014 (cropped).jpg
Goggins at the Television Academy presents An Evening with “Justified” in Hollywood on March 19, 2014
Born (1971-11-10) November 10, 1971 (age 42)
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
Occupation Actor, filmmaker
Years active 1990–present
Spouse(s)

Leanne Goggins (2001–2004)

Nadia Conners (2011 - present)

Walton Sanders Goggins, Jr. (born November 10, 1971) is an American actor and filmmaker. He is best known for his roles as Shane Vendrell on The Shield and Boyd Crowder on Justified. He has appeared in films such as Django Unchained, Machete Kills, Lincoln, The Apostle, Chrystal, That Evening Sun, Miracle at St. Anna and Predators. He also co-produced and starred in the 2001 short film The Accountant, which won an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.

Early life[edit]

Goggins was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He was raised in Lithia Springs, Georgia. He has lived in Los Angeles, California since he was 19 years old.[1][2][3]

Career[edit]

Goggins is best known for his portrayal of Detective Shane Vendrell in the FX series The Shield, a role he played from 2002 to 2008. Goggins is also an award-winning filmmaker. He owns a production company called Ginny Mule Pictures with actor Ray McKinnon. They have made four films: The Accountant (a short film which won an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 2001), Chrystal (Sundance Dramatic Competition), Randy and the Mob, and That Evening Sun (which won the South by Southwest Special Jury Prize 2009). He also worked with McKinnon on the television show Rectify. Goggins was set to play the lead and AMC had bought the pilot script, written by McKinnon.

In May 2010, Goggins' character Boyd Crowder was promoted to the main cast for the second season of the FX series Justified.[4] In July, he had a major supporting role as a deadly death row inmate being hunted by the titular antagonists in the film Predators. In May 2011, he appeared in Code of the West, a commercial for Ram Truck's "Guts & Glory" campaign. He appeared in Cowboys & Aliens as Hunt, a bandit formerly in the employ of the protagonist. In July 2011, Goggins was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role on Justified.[5] He portrayed Billy Crash, a sadistic overseer and slave fighting trainer, in the 2012 film Django Unchained.[6]

In 2012 and later back in 2013, Goggins was invited to appear in a guest role as transgender prostitute Venus Van Dam in the FX series Sons of Anarchy. He had previously worked with the show's creator, Kurt Sutter, when the latter was a writer and executive producer on The Shield from 2002 until 2008. The name "Venus Van Damme" is a play on the undercover name "Cletus Van Damme" used by Goggins on The Shield.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Goggins was married to dog-walking business owner[8] Leanne Goggins from 2001 until her death in 2004, when she committed suicide by jumping to her death from a Los Angeles tower block.[9] He married filmmaker Nadia Conners in August 2011. They have a son, Augustus, born in February 2011.[10] Goggins is an avid photographer, and showcases some of his work on a blog[11] that he created when he took time off work and traveled across India. He is an avid traveler, spending much of his free time in countries such as Cambodia, Central America, Morocco, Thailand, and Vietnam.

He is active in various non-profit organizations that range from environmental to humanitarian work. He is a regular at Global Green USA events. He connected to environmental issues through his wife, who directed the documentary The 11th Hour, about the environmental crisis.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1990 Murder in Mississippi Lyle Television film
1992 Stay the Night Wayne Seagrove Television film
1992 Forever Young Gate MP
1992 Mr. Saturday Night Shaky Kid Uncredited
1993 For Love and Glory Buck Television film
1994 Next Karate Kid, TheThe Next Karate Kid Charlie
1996 Humanoids from the Deep Rod Television film
1996 Cherokee Kid, TheThe Cherokee Kid Jim Bob Television film
1997 Apostle, TheThe Apostle Sam
1997 Painted Hero Roddy
1997 Switchback Bud
1998 Major League: Back to the Minors Billy "Downtown" Anderson
1999 Wayward Son
2000 Crow: Salvation, TheThe Crow: Salvation Detective Stan Roberts
2000 Red Dirt Lee Todd
2000 Shanghai Noon Wallace
2000 Beyond the Prairie: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder Almanzo Wilder
2001 Murder, She Wrote: The Last Free Man Billy Weber Television film
2001 Joy Ride Police officer Uncredited
2001 Daddy and Them Tommy Christian
2001 Accountant, TheThe Accountant Tommy O'Dell
2002 Bourne Identity, TheThe Bourne Identity Research Tech
2002 Beyond the Prairie, Part 2: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder Almanzo Wilder
2003 4 Selections from Plimpton County's Tuff Truck Jamboree Narl
2003 House of 1000 Corpses Deputy Steve Nash
2003 Apple Jack Moe Danyou
2004 Chrystal Larry
2005 World's Fastest Indian, TheThe World's Fastest Indian Marty Dickerson
2006 Randy and The Mob Tino Armani
2006 Architect, TheThe Architect Joe
2008 Winged Creatures Zack
2008 Miracle at St. Anna Nokes
2009 Damage Reno
2009 That Evening Sun Paul Meecham
2010 Predators Stans
2011 Cowboys & Aliens Hunt
2011 Straw Dogs Daniel
2012 Lincoln Wells A. Hutchins
2012 Django Unchained Billy Crash
2013 Officer Down Detective Logue
2013 G.I. Joe: Retaliation Warden Nigel James
2013 Machete Kills El Cameleón
2014 Mojave Post-production
2015 American Ultra Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1989 In the Heat of the Night Darrell Episode: "Crackdown"
1991 In the Heat of the Night Robbie Jeffries Episode: "Shine on Sparta Moon"
1992 Beverly Hills, 90210 Mike Muchin Episode: "The Pit and the Pendulum"
1992 In the Heat of the Night Garth Watkins Episode: "A Frenzied Affair"
1995 JAG Officer Episode: "Desert Son"
1996 Pacific Blue Harv 2 episodes
1998 NYPD Blue Terry Episode: "Honeymoon at Viagra Falls"
2002–2008 Shield, TheThe Shield Detective Shane Vendrell 88 episodes
Nominated – Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Drama (2009)
2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Marlon Frost Episode: "Empty Eyes"
2009 Criminal Minds John Cooley Episode: "Demonology"
2009 CSI: Miami Sean Echols Episode: "Dissolved"
2010–present Justified Boyd Crowder 48 episodes
Nominated – Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2011, 2013)
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2011)
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2011)
2012–2013 Sons of Anarchy Venus Van Dam 3 episodes
2013 To Appomattox Richard Ewell 5 episodes
2014 Community Mr. Stone Episode: "Cooperative Polygraphy"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom Border World Pilot Voice

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