|Born||Franklin Shea Whigham, Jr.
January 5, 1969
Tallahassee, Florida, U.S.
|Alma mater||SUNY Purchase|
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. 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.
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. He had a regular role on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire as Elias "Eli" Thompson, sheriff of Atlantic County, New Jersey. In 2014, he appeared in the HBO series True Detective as disillusioned former minister Joel Theriot. In 2015, he appeared as a police officer in the music video for the Run the Jewels song "Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)".
|1998||Of Love & Fantasy||Craig|
|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||Killing Room, TheThe Killing Room||Tony Mazzolla|
|2009||Fast & Furious||Agent Michael Stasiak|
|2009||Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans||Justin|
|2010||Radio Free Albemuth||Phil|
|2010||Conspirator, TheThe Conspirator||Capt. Cottingham|
|2011||Lincoln Lawyer, TheThe Lincoln Lawyer||Corliss|
|2011||This Must Be the Place||Ernie Ray|
|2012||Big Miracle||SAR Pilot Conrad|
|2012||Silver Linings Playbook||Jake|
|2013||Fast & Furious 6||Agent Michael Stasiak|
|2013||American Hustle||Carl Elway|
|2013||Wolf of Wall Street, TheThe Wolf of Wall Street||Captain Ted Beecham|
|2015||Lila & Eve||Detective Holliston|
|2015||Knight of Cups||Jim|
|2016||Star Trek Beyond||Teenaxi Leader|
|2016||Term Life||Marty Miller|
|2017||Kong: Skull Island||Cole|
|2017||Death Note||James Turner|
|2017||High Wire Act||Post-production|
|2017||The Catcher Was a Spy||Post-production|
|1997||Ghost Stories||Eric Duke||Episode: "Cold in the Grave"|
|2001||Submerged||Capt. 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–present||Vice Principals||Ray Liptrapp||Series regular|
|2000||Smuggler's Run||Jon (voice)|
- "Interview: Shea Whigham". When I Said I Wanted to Be Your Blog. 2 November 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-29.
- 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’". Retrieved 2014-07-09.
- Camp, Zoe (March 26, 2015). "Run the Jewels and Zack De La Rocha's "Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)" Video Is a Battle Between Cop and Unarmed Black Man". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved April 12, 2015.