Shea Whigham

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Shea Whigham
Shea Whigham in 2018.jpg
Whigham in 2018
BornFranklin Shea Whigham Jr.
(1969-01-05) January 5, 1969 (age 49)
Tallahassee, Florida, U.S.
Alma materState University of New York at Purchase
OccupationActor

Franklin Shea Whigham Jr. (born January 5, 1969) is an American actor. He portrayed Elias "Eli" Thompson in the HBO drama series Boardwalk Empire, and also had supporting roles in Kong: Skull Island and True Detective. He appeared as Agent Michael Stasiak in Fast & Furious and Fast & Furious 6.

Early life[edit]

Whigham was born in Tallahassee, Florida, the son of attorney Frank and school librarian Beth. The family moved to Lake Mary, Florida when Wigham was five years old.[1][2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

Career[edit]

Whigham appeared in one 1997 episode of the television series Ghost Stories before he received a starring role in the 2000 film Tigerland.[3] 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.[1] 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.

Whigham appeared in Pride and Glory and co-starred in the horror film Splinter, the thriller Creek, and the science fiction film Radio Free Albemuth.[2]

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.[5] He also had roles in 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. He also appeared in both seasons of HBO's Vice Principals as Ray Liptrapp; appeared in Fargo and the miniseries Waco; and he will star in the television series Homecoming alongside Julia Roberts.

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 Take Shelter.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Of Love & Fantasy Craig
2000 Tigerland Pvt. Wilson
2002 Bad Company Agent Wells Uncredited
2003 All the Real Girls Tip
2004 Out of This World Russell Reade
2004 Water Daniel West
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
2008 Splinter Dennis Farell
2009 Blood Creek Luke Benny
2009 The Killing Room Tony Mazzolla
2009 Spooner Stan Manfretti
2009 Fast & Furious Agent Michael Stasiak
2009 Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans Justin
2010 Radio Free Albemuth Phil
2010 Barry Munday Donald
2010 Machete Sniper
2010 The Conspirator Capt. Cottingham
2011 Take Shelter Dewart
2011 The Lincoln Lawyer Dwayne Jeffrey "DJ" Corliss
2011 This Must Be the Place Ernie Ray
2011 Catch .44 Billy
2012 Big Miracle SAR Pilot Conrad
2012 Savages Chad
2012 Silver Linings Playbook Jake Solitano
2013 Fast & Furious 6 Agent Michael Stasiak
2013 American Hustle Carl Elway
2013 The Wolf of Wall Street Captain Ted Beecham
2014 Non-Stop Agent Marenick
2015 Lila & Eve Detective Holliston
2015 Cop Car Man
2015 Knight of Cups Jim
2016 Star Trek Beyond Teenaxi Leader Voice
2016 Term Life Marty Miller
2017 Kong: Skull Island Earl Cole
2017 Death Note James Turner
2017 Wheelman Motherfucker
2018 The Catcher Was a Spy Joe Cronin
2018 Beirut Gary Ruzak
2018 Sicario: Day of the Soldado Andy Wheeldon
2018 First Man Gus Grissom
2018 Bad Times at the El Royale Dr. Woodbury Laurence
2018 Vice Wayne Vincent Post-production
2019 Joker Gotham Cop Filming
TBA City of Lies Frank Lyga Post-production
TBA To the Stars Hank Deerborne Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Ghost Stories Eric Duke Episode: "Cold in the Grave"
2001 Submerged Capt. Oliver Naquin Television film
2002 R.U.S./H. Odell Tippy Pilot
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
Main role
2014 True Detective Joel Theriot 2 episodes
2015 Agent Carter Roger Dooley 7 episodes
2015 Justified Merrill Episode: "Collateral"
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 Miniseries; 6 episodes
2018 Homecoming Thomas Carrasco 6 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2000 Smuggler's Run Jon (voice)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Interview: Shea Whigham". When I Said I Wanted to Be Your Blog. 2 November 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-29.
  2. ^ a b Moore, Roger (27 October 2007). "'Wrist' could be big break". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2008-03-29.
  3. ^ a b "An interview with Wristcutters' Shea Whigham". Central Florida Future. 2 November 2007. Archived from the original on 9 August 2011. Retrieved 2008-03-29.
  4. ^ Buchanan, Jason. "Shea Whigham: Biography". Allmovie. Archived from the original on 2006-04-26. Retrieved 2008-03-29.
  5. ^ "Watch The Full, Utterly Spellbinding Sermon By The Tent Preacher From 'True Detective'". Retrieved 2014-07-09.

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