Franklin Shea Whigham Jr.
January 5, 1969
Tallahassee, Florida, U.S.
|Education||Tyler Junior College, State University of New York, Purchase (BFA)|
|Children||4, including Giorgia Whigham|
Franklin Shea Whigham Jr. (born January 5, 1969) is an American actor, best known for portraying Elias "Eli" Thompson in the drama series Boardwalk Empire. He also appeared in the first season of True Detective and the third season of Fargo, along with numerous films, including Take Shelter, Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, The Wolf of Wall Street, Kong: Skull Island, First Man, Vice and Joker. He has appeared as Agent Michael Stasiak in Fast & Furious, Fast & Furious 6, and F9.
Whigham was born in Tallahassee, Florida, the son of attorney Frank and school librarian Beth. The family moved to Lake Mary, Florida when Whigham was five years old. He attended Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas, and then transferred to the State University of New York at Purchase, New York, 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, and served as an 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. He went on to appear in the television films Submerged, R.U.S./H., and Paradise before acting in the 2003 film All the Real Girls. Between 2004 and 2006, he appeared in the Japanese film Out of This World, the drama television series Medical Investigation, and the films Water, Man of the House, Faith of My Fathers, Lords of Dogtown, Psychic Driving, and South of Heaven.
He had a regular leading role on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire as Elias "Eli" Thompson, sheriff of Atlantic County, New Jersey for the show's entire run. In 2014, he appeared in the HBO series True Detective as disillusioned former minister Joel Theriot. He appeared in two episodes of FX's Justified during 2015.
Between 2012 and 2017 he had several movie roles, such as The Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook, Term Life, and Kong: Skull Island. In 2018, he appeared in the films Sicario: Day of the Soldado, First Man, and Bad Times at the El Royale. In 2019 he appeared in the Warner Bros./DC Comics psychological thriller Joker as GCPD Detective Burke. He also appeared in both seasons of HBO's Vice Principals as Ray Liptrapp; appeared in Fargo and the miniseries Waco; and he starred in the television series Homecoming alongside Julia Roberts for which he was nominated for a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. In 2020 he was cast as Pete Strickland on HBO's reimagining of Perry Mason, a role for which he received attention for his moustache.
He has appeared in several projects alongside actors Michael Shannon and Paul Sparks, both of whom starred on Boardwalk Empire and Waco. Shannon and Whigham also appeared together in The Quarry, Take Shelter, Tigerland and Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans.
|Denotes works that have not yet been released|
|1998||Of Love & Fantasy||Craig|
|2002||Bad Company||CIA Agent Wells||Uncredited|
|2003||All the Real Girls||'Tip'|
|2004||Out of This World||Russell Reade|
|2005||Man of the House||Texas 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||Officer Kenny Dugan|
|2009||Blood Creek||Luke Benny|
|2009||The Killing Room||Tony Mazzolla|
|2009||Fast & Furious||FBI Agent Michael Stasiak|
|2009||Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans||Justin|
|2010||Radio Free Albemuth||Phil|
|2010||The Conspirator||Captain Cottingham|
|2011||The Lincoln Lawyer||Dwayne Jeffrey 'D.J.' Corliss|
|2011||This Must Be the Place||Ernie Ray|
|2012||Big Miracle||SAR Pilot Conrad|
|2012||Savages||Chad, Cartel Lawyer|
|2012||Silver Linings Playbook||Jake Solitano|
|2013||Fast & Furious 6||FBI Agent Michael Stasiak|
|2013||American Hustle||Carl Elway|
|2013||The Wolf of Wall Street||Captain Ted Beecham|
|2015||Lila & Eve||Detective Holliston|
|2015||Knight of Cups||Jim|
|2016||Star Trek Beyond||Teenaxi Leader||Voice|
|2016||Term Life||Detective Matty Miller|
|2017||Kong: Skull Island||Captain Earl Cole|
|2017||Death Note||James Turner|
|2018||The Catcher Was a Spy||Joe Cronin|
|2018||Sicario: Day of the Soldado||Andy Wheeldon|
|2018||First Man||Gus Grissom|
|2018||Bad Times at the El Royale||Dr. Woodbury Laurence|
|2018||City of Lies||Frank Lyga|
|2019||To the Stars||Hank Deerborne|
|2019||Low Tide||Sergeant Kent|
|2020||The Quarry||The Man||Also executive producer|
|2020||Vampires vs. the Bronx||Frank Polidori|
|2021||F9||FBI Agent Michael Stasiak|||
|2021||The Gateway||Parker Jode|
|2021||Small Engine Repair||'Packie' Hanrahan|||
|2021||South of Heaven||Officer Schmidt|
|2023||Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One||David Rumsfeld||Post-production|
|2024||Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two||David Rumsfeld||Filming|
|1997||Ghost Stories||Eric Duke||Episode: "Cold in the Grave"|
|2001||Submerged||Captain Oliver Naquin||Television film|
|2004||Medical Investigation||Barrett Fidler||2 episodes|
|2004||Paradise||Jeremiah Alcott||Television film|
|2005||Faith of My Fathers||Norris Overly||Television film|
|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"|
|2010–2014||Boardwalk Empire||Elias 'Eli' Thompson||49 episodes|
|2014||True Detective||Joel Theriot||2 episodes|
|2015||Agent Carter||Roger Dooley||7 episodes|
|2016–2017||Vice Principals||Ray Liptrapp||15 episodes|
|2017||The Legend of Master Legend||Peanut-Head||Pilot|
|2017||Fargo||'Moe' Dammick||5 episodes|
|2017||Narcos||Agent Duffy||2 episodes|
|2018||Waco||Mitch Decker||6 episodes|
|2018||Homecoming||Thomas Carrasco||8 episodes|
|2018||Dirty John||William Meehan||Episode: "Lord High Executioner"|
|2019||Modern Love||Peter||2 episodes|
|2020||Perry Mason||Pete Strickland||Main role|
|2022||Gaslit||G. Gordon Liddy||Limited series|
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- Moore, Roger (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. Archived from the original on 9 August 2011. Retrieved 2008-03-29.
- Buchanan, Jason. "Shea Whigham: Biography". Allmovie. Archived from the original on 2006-04-26. Retrieved 2008-03-29.
- "Watch The Full, Utterly Spellbinding Sermon By The Tent Preacher From 'True Detective'". 31 January 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-09.
- He was uncredited for his appearance in the episode Fugitive number one 
- "The Rundown: The Mustaches Of HBO's 'Perry Mason,' Ranked". UPROXX. 2020-06-26. Retrieved 2020-12-06.
- Davids, Brian (2020-05-01). "Shea Whigham on 'The Quarry' and "Electric" Christian Bale Scenes". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
- Han, Angie (25 May 2021). "The Fast saga soars to new heights of nonsense in 'F9'". Mashable. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
- Fleming, Mike Jr. (2020-10-19). "John Pollono's 'Small Engine Repair' Motors To Where Hollywood Movies Go To Lure Distributors: The Drive-In". Deadline. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
- "Back-to-Back 'Mission: Impossible' Sequels Add 'Boardwalk Empire' Star Shea Whigham". /Film. 2019-12-22. Retrieved 2021-06-17.