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Walton Goggins
Goggins in 2015
Walton Sanders Goggins Jr.

(1971-11-10) November 10, 1971 (age 52)
Years active1989–present
  • Leanne Kaun
    (m. 2001; died 2004)
  • Nadia Conners
    (m. 2011)

Walton Sanders Goggins Jr. (born November 10, 1971)[1] is an American actor. He has starred in various television series, including The Shield (2002–2008), Justified (2010–2015), Vice Principals (2016–2017), The Righteous Gemstones (2019–present), Invincible (2021–present), and Fallout (2024–present).[2] He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his work on Justified.

Goggins starred in and co-produced the Academy Award-winning short film The Accountant (2001).[3] He has also featured in feature films, such as Predators (2010), Lincoln, Django Unchained (both 2012), The Hateful Eight (2015), Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Tomb Raider, and Ant-Man and the Wasp (all 2018).

Early life[edit]

Goggins was born in Birmingham, Alabama, the son of Janet Long and Walton Sanders Goggins Sr.[1] He was raised in Lithia Springs, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, and graduated from Lithia Springs High School and attended Georgia Southern University for a year.[3]


Goggins worked for a valet car parking service and various restaurants in Los Angeles.[3] After starring in a few roles in Georgia, he met Ray McKinnon while filming Murder in Mississippi.

Goggins played Shane Vendrell in the FX drama series The Shield. He formed the production company Ginny Mule Pictures, which produced four films: The Accountant (a short film which won an Academy Award for Live Action Short Film); Chrystal (Sundance Dramatic Competition); Randy and the Mob and That Evening Sun (which won the South by Southwest Special Jury Prize). They later created the drama series Rectify.[4] Goggins was set to play the lead and AMC had bought the pilot script, written by McKinnon, a role which went to Aden Young, when the series later went to SundanceTV.[5]

Goggins played Boyd Crowder in the pilot episode for the FX drama series Justified, while filming a major supporting role as a deadly death row inmate being hunted by the titular antagonists in the film Predators. Before Goggins was cast, Boyd was intended to die in the pilot episode, but Graham Yost kept the character when test audiences selected Goggins for the role. Goggins joined the main cast for the second season in May 2010.[6] In 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. Goggins was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role on Justified.[7] He played a sadistic overseer and slave fighting trainer in the western film Django Unchained.[8]

Goggins played a transgender prostitute in the FX drama series Sons of Anarchy. He previously worked with the show's creator, Kurt Sutter, when the latter was a writer and executive producer on The Shield. The name "Venus Van Dam" is a play on the undercover name "Cletus Van Damme" used by The Shield character Shane Vendrell.[9] He played Chris Mannix in The Hateful Eight and Lee Russell in the HBO dark comedy series Vice Principals.[3][10] The New York Times critic Mike Hale wrote, "Walton Goggins makes a habit of being the best thing about the television shows he's in."[11]

In 2018, Goggins played Lawrence in Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Mathias Vogel in Tomb Raider, and Sonny Burch in Ant-Man and the Wasp. He played the lead character in the CBS sitcom The Unicorn. He starred in the comedy series The Righteous Gemstones. In 2020, Goggins voiced part of the true crime podcast Deep Cover: The Drug Wars.[12]

Goggins was cast as Jay Whittle / The Hero in the Amazon Prime Video comedy miniseries I'm a Virgo. In 2024, he starred as Cooper Howard / The Ghoul in the Amazon Prime Video drama series Fallout.

Personal life[edit]

Goggins lost his front teeth in a childhood baseball accident when a ball was mistakenly thrown at him.[13]

In 2001, Goggins married Canadian resident Leanne Kaun, who owned a dog-walking business in Laurel Canyon, California. They remained married until her death by suicide on November 12, 2004.[14] Goggins married filmmaker Nadia Conners in August 2011, and the two had a son together.[15]

Goggins showcased some of his photography on a blog,[16] when he took a sabbatical and traveled across India.[16] He is active in various nonprofit organizations that range from environmental to humanitarian work. He is a partner in a spirits company, Mulholland Distilling.[17]



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Mr. Saturday Night Shaky Kid Uncredited
Forever Young Gate MP
1994 The Next Karate Kid Charlie
1997 The Apostle Sam
Switchback Bud
1998 Major League: Back to the Minors Billy 'Downtown' Anderson
1999 Wayward Son Plantation Owner
2000 Red Dirt Lee Todd
Shanghai Noon Wallace
The Crow: Salvation Det. Stan Roberts
2001 The Accountant Tommy O'Dell Short film; also co-producer
Daddy and Them Tommy Christian
Joy Ride Cop Uncredited
2002 The Bourne Identity Research Tech
2003 House of 1000 Corpses Steve Naish
Apple Jack Moe Danyou Short film
2004 Chrystal Larry Also producer
2005 The World's Fastest Indian Marty
2006 The Architect Joe
2007 Randy and the Mob Tino Armani Also producer
2008 Winged Creatures Zack
Miracle at St. Anna Captain Nokes
2009 That Evening Sun Paul Meecham Also producer
Damage Reno Paulsait
2010 Predators Stans
2011 Cowboys & Aliens Hunt
Straw Dogs Daniel Niles
2012 Lincoln Clay Hawkins
Django Unchained Billy Crash
2013 Officer Down Det. Nick Logue / Angel
G.I. Joe: Retaliation Warden Nigel James
Machete Kills El Camaleón 1
2015 Mojave Jim
American Ultra Laugher
Diablo Ezra
The Hateful Eight Captain Chris Mannix
2017 Three Christs Leon
2018 Maze Runner: The Death Cure Lawrence
Tomb Raider Mathias Vogel
Ant-Man and the Wasp Sonny Burch
2019 Them That Follow Lemuel
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Old Chattanooga Beer Voice cameo; extended cut
2020 Words on Bathroom Walls Paul
Fatman Skinny Man
2021 Spirit Untamed Hendricks Voice
2022 Dreamin' Wild Joe
2024 The Uninvited Sammy
TBA Queen of the Ring Jack Pfefer Post-production
Press Your Luck Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1989–1992 In the Heat of the Night Football Teammate / Darrell / Robbie Jeffries / Garth Warkins 4 episodes
1990 Murder in Mississippi Lyle Television film
1992 Beverly Hills, 90210 Mike Muchin Episode: "The Pit and the Pendulum"
Stay the Night Wayne Seagrove Television film
1993 I'll Fly Away Langley Episode: "What's in a Name?"
Queen Young Man #1 Episode: "Part I"
Renegade Lance McBride Episode: "Wheel Man"
1995 JAG Communications Officer Episode: "Desert Son"
1996 High Tide Bad Guy / Treasure Hunter Episode: "A Three Hour Tour"
Pacific Blue Harv Episode: "Captive Audience"
Humanoids from the Deep Rod Television film
The Sentinel Mick Episode: "True Crime"
The Cherokee Kid Jim Bob / Carver Gang Television film
1998 NYPD Blue Terry Episode: "Honeymoon at Viagra Falls"
2000 Beyond the Prairie: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder Almanzo Wilder Television film
2001 Murder, She Wrote: The Last Free Man Billy Weber Television film
2002 Beyond the Prairie, Part 2: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder Almanzo Wilder Television film
2002–2008 The Shield Det. Shane Vendrell 88 episodes
2004 Hawaii Agent Davis Episode: "Lost and Found"
2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Marlon Frost Episode: "Empty Eyes"
2009 Criminal Minds John Cooley Episode: "Demonology"
CSI: Miami Sean Echols Episode: "Dissolved"
2010–2015 Justified Boyd Crowder 74 episodes
2012 Unsupervised Bruce Lindsay (voice) Episode: "The Magic of Science"
2012–2014 Sons of Anarchy Venus Van Dam 6 episodes
2014 Community Mr. Stone Episode: "Cooperative Polygraphy"
2016–2017 Vice Principals Lee Russell 18 episodes
2017 American Dad! Enoch (voice) Episode: "A Nice Night for a Drive"
2017–2018 Six Richard 'Rip' Taggart 11 episodes
2018 The Big Bang Theory Oliver Episode: "The Separation Triangulation"
2019 Deep State Nathan Miller 8 episodes; also executive producer
2019–2020 The Unicorn Wade Felton 31 episodes; also producer
2019–present The Righteous Gemstones Baby Billy Freeman 18 episodes
2021 Squidbillies Bubba (voice) Episode: "Let'er R.I.P."
2021–present Invincible Cecil Stedman (voice) 15 episodes
2022 The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey Dr. Rubin 5 episodes
2022–2023 George & Tammy Earl 'Peanutt' Montgomery 6 episodes
2023 I'm a Virgo Jay Whittle / The Hero 5 episodes
Justified: City Primeval Boyd Crowder Episode: "The Question"
2024–present Fallout The Ghoul/Cooper Howard 7 episodes
2025 The White Lotus TBA Upcoming season

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role
1995 Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom Border World Pilot
2007 The Shield Det. Shane Vendrell
2017 Prey Aaron Ingram

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
2001 Slamdance Film Festival Spirit of Slamdance (shared with Ray McKinnon and Lisa Blount) The Accountant Won [18]
2009 SXSW Film Festival Best Ensemble Cast That Evening Sun Won [19]
Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Drama The Shield Nominated [20]
2011 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Justified Nominated [21]
Critics' Choice Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated [22]
Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Nominated [23]
2012 San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble Performance Django Unchained Nominated [24]
2013 Critics' Choice Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Justified Nominated [25]
2014 Critics' Choice Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated [26]
Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series Sons of Anarchy Nominated [26]
2015 Critics' Choice Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Justified Nominated [27]
Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series Sons of Anarchy Nominated [27]
Hollywood Film Awards Ensemble The Hateful Eight Won [28]
2016 Critics' Choice Awards Best Acting Ensemble Nominated [29]
Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated [30]
2019 Critics' Choice Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Vice Principals Won [31]
Newport Beach Film Festival Ensemble Cast Them That Follow Won [32]
Hollywood Music in Media Awards Best Original Song in a TV Show/Limited Series (shared with Joseph Stephens, Danny McBride, Edi Patterson and Jennifer Nettles) The Righteous Gemstones Nominated [33]
Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries & Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television The Righteous Gemstones Nominated [34]
2020 Critics' Choice Awards Best Actor in a Comedy Series The Unicorn Nominated [35]
2023 Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries & Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television The Righteous Gemstones Nominated [36]


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