Shea Whigham

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Shea Whigham
Shea Whigham in 2018.jpg
Whigham in 2018
Franklin Shea Whigham Jr.

(1969-01-05) January 5, 1969 (age 53)
EducationTyler Junior College, State University of New York, Purchase (BFA)
Years active1997–present
Christine Whigham
(m. 1995)
Children4, 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.

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 Whigham 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]


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 appeared in two[6] 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.[7]

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.

Personal life[edit]

Whigham has four children with his wife Christine Whigham; including actress Giorgia Whigham.[8]


Not yet released Denotes works that have not yet been released


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Of Love & Fantasy Craig
2000 Tigerland Private Wilson
2002 Bad Company CIA 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 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
2008 Splinter Dennis Farell
2009 Blood Creek Luke Benny
2009 The Killing Room Tony Mazzolla
2009 Spooner Stan Manfretti
2009 Fast & Furious FBI 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 Captain Cottingham
2011 Take Shelter Dewart
2011 The Lincoln Lawyer Dwayne Jeffrey 'D.J.' Corliss
2011 This Must Be the Place Ernie Ray
2011 Catch .44 Billy
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
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 Detective Matty Miller
2017 Kong: Skull Island Captain Earl Cole
2017 Death Note James Turner
2017 Wheelman Mohawk Man
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 City of Lies Frank Lyga
2018 Vice Wayne Vincent
2019 To the Stars Hank Deerborne
2019 Low Tide Sergeant Kent
2019 Joker Detective Burke
2020 The Quarry The Man Also executive producer[9]
2020 Vampires vs. the Bronx Frank Polidori
2021 F9 FBI Agent Michael Stasiak [10]
2021 The Gateway Parker Jode
2021 Small Engine Repair 'Packie' Hanrahan [11]
2021 South of Heaven Officer Schmidt
2023 Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One Not yet released David Rumsfeld Post-production[12]
2024 Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two Not yet released David Rumsfeld Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Ghost Stories Eric Duke Episode: "Cold in the Grave"
2001 Submerged Captain 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
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 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

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2000 Smuggler's Run Jon


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  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'". 31 January 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-09.
  6. ^ He was uncredited for his appearance in the episode Fugitive number one [1]
  7. ^ "The Rundown: The Mustaches Of HBO's 'Perry Mason,' Ranked". UPROXX. 2020-06-26. Retrieved 2020-12-06.
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  9. ^ Davids, Brian (2020-05-01). "Shea Whigham on 'The Quarry' and "Electric" Christian Bale Scenes". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  10. ^ Han, Angie (25 May 2021). "The Fast saga soars to new heights of nonsense in 'F9'". Mashable. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ "Back-to-Back 'Mission: Impossible' Sequels Add 'Boardwalk Empire' Star Shea Whigham". /Film. 2019-12-22. Retrieved 2021-06-17.

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