Walton Goggins

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Walton Goggins
Goggins at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International promoting The Hateful Eight
BornWalton Sanders Goggins Jr.
(1971-11-10) November 10, 1971 (age 47)
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1989–present
Height1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Spouse(s)
Leanne Kaun
(m. 2001; died 2004)

Nadia Conners
(m. 2011)
Children1

Walton Sanders Goggins Jr. (born November 10, 1971)[1] is an American actor. He produced and starred in the 2001 short film The Accountant, which won an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.[2] He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in the FX series Justified.

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, attended Lithia Springs High School, and, for one year, Georgia Southern University.[2] He moved to Los Angeles at the age of 19.

Career[edit]

When he was 19, Goggins moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. He worked on a valet car parking service for various restaurants in the valley and sold cowboy boots. In 1990, after working in a few acting roles in Georgia, he got his first big break in Murder in Mississippi. While filming, Goggins met and became friends with Ray McKinnon, who played his father in the film, and with whom he began a creative partnership that continues to this day. Goggins played Detective Shane Vendrell in the FX series The Shield.

Goggins and McKinnon formed their production company Ginny Mule Pictures, which produced four films: The Accountant (a short film which won an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 2001), Chrystal (Sundance Dramatic Competition), Randy and the Mob and That Evening Sun (which won the South by Southwest Special Jury Prize 2009). Goggins and McKinnon created the series Rectify.[3] 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.[4]

Goggins played Boyd Crowder in the pilot episode of the FX series Justified, and was a recurring cast member in the first season of the show, while also shooting a major supporting role as a deadly death row inmate being hunted by the titular antagonists in the film Predators. In May 2010, his role was promoted to the main cast for the second season.[5] In May 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. In July 2011, Goggins was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role on Justified.[6] He portrayed Billy Crash, a sadistic overseer and slave fighting trainer, in the 2012 film Django Unchained.[7]

From 2012 to 2013, Goggins guest-starred as transgender prostitute Venus Van Dam in the FX 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 Shane Vendrell on The Shield.[8]

He played Chris Mannix in The Hateful Eight and Lee Russell in the HBO series Vice Principals.[9][2] Reviewing in 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."[10]

Professional recognition[edit]

Goggins at the Television Academy presents An Evening with “Justified” in Hollywood on March 19, 2014

Goggins has received a steady stream of recognition for his professional work. With Ray McKinnon, Lisa Blount and Ginny Mule Pictures, he was recognized by the Spirit of Slamdance Award at the Slamdance Film Festival in 2001 for The Accountant, which went on to win the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 2002. Their film Chrystal appeared in the 2004 U.S. Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival,[11] and the same trio were awarded the Spirit of Slamdance Award again for Randy and the Mob.

Goggins was nominated for a Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Drama in 2009 for his role as Detective Shane Vendrell in The Shield. In the same year, McKinnon, Goggins, Hal Holbrook and the rest of the principal cast of That Evening Sun, won the Special Jury Award for Best Ensemble Cast at the South by Southwest Film Festival competition.

In 2013, Goggins was nominated for the San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble in Quentin Tarantino's western film Django Unchained.

Goggins' role of Boyd Crowder in Justified received nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series[12] in 2011, the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film in 2011, the TV Guide Award for Favorite Villain in 2013, the Online Film & Television Association's Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2011 and 2014, and for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Goggins' role of Venus Van Dam in Sons of Anarchy received nominations for the Online Film & Television Association's Television Award for Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series in 2013 and 2014, and for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series in 2014 and 2015.

Personal life[edit]

Goggins was married to Canadian Leanne Kaun, owner of a Laurel Canyon, California dog-walking business. Born in 1967, she committed suicide on November 12, 2004.[13]

Goggins married filmmaker Nadia Conners in August 2011, and they have a son, Augustus (born February 2011).[14] Goggins showcases some of his photography on a blog[15] that he created, when he took time off work and traveled across India.[15]

He is active in various nonprofit organizations that range from environmental to humanitarian work, and he regularly attends Global Green USA events.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Mr. Saturday Night Shaky Kid DVD cut only[16]
1992 Forever Young[17] Gate MP
1994 The Next Karate Kid Charlie as "Walt Goggins"
1997 The Apostle Sam
1997 Switchback Bud
1998 Major League: Back to the Minors Billy "Downtown" Anderson
2000 The Crow: Salvation Detective Stan Roberts
2000 Red Dirt Lee Todd
2000 Shanghai Noon Wallace
2000 Beyond the Prairie: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder Almanzo Wilder
2001 Daddy and Them Tommy Christian
2001 Joy Ride Cop Uncredited
2001 The Accountant Tommy O'Dell Short film
Also co-producer
2002 The Bourne Identity Research Tech
2002 Beyond the Prairie, Part 2: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder Almanzo Wilder
2003 House of 1000 Corpses Deputy Steve Nash
2003 Apple Jack Moe Danyou Short film
2004 Chrystal Larry Also producer
2005 The World's Fastest Indian Marty Dickerson
2006 The Architect Joe
2007 Randy and The Mob Tino Armani Also producer
2008 Winged Creatures Zack
2008 Miracle at St. Anna Nokes
2009 That Evening Sun Paul Meecham Also producer
2009 Damage Reno
2010 Predators Stans
2011 Cowboys & Aliens Hunt
2011 Straw Dogs Daniel
2012 Lincoln Clay Hawkins
2012 Django Unchained Billy Crash
2013 Officer Down Angel / Detective Logue
2013 G.I. Joe: Retaliation Warden Nigel James
2013 Machete Kills El Cameleón
2015 Mojave Jim
2015 American Ultra Laugher
2015 Diablo Ezra
2015 The Hateful Eight Chris Mannix
2017 Three Christs Leon
2018 Maze Runner: The Death Cure Lawrence
2018 Tomb Raider Mathias Vogel
2018 Ant-Man and the Wasp Sonny Burch

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1989 In the Heat of the Night Darrell / Robbie Jeffries / Garth Watkins 3 episodes
1990 Murder in Mississippi Lyle Television film
1992 Beverly Hills, 90210 Mike Muchin Episode: "The Pit and the Pendulum"
1992 Stay the Night Wayne Seagrove Television film
1995 JAG Marine 2nd Lieutenant Episode: "Desert Son"
1996 Humanoids from the Deep Rod Television film
1996 The Cherokee Kid Jim Bob Television film
1996 Pacific Blue Harv 2 episodes
1996 The Sentinel Mick Episode: "True Crime"
1998 NYPD Blue Terry Episode: "Honeymoon at Viagra Falls"
2001 Murder, She Wrote: The Last Free Man Billy Weber Television film
2002–2008 The Shield Detective 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"
2009 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
2017–2018 Six Richard "Rip" Taggart 10 episodes
2017 American Dad! Enoch (voice) Episode: "A Nice Night for a Drive"
2018 The Big Bang Theory Oliver Episode: "The Separation Triangulation"
2018 L.A. Confidential Det. Sgt. Jack Vincennes Pilot

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role
1995 Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom Border World Pilot
2017 Prey Aaron Ingram

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Nominated for Result
2001 Slamdance Film Festival Spirit of Slamdance Award for Best Supporting Actor (shared with Ray McKinnon and Lisa Blount)[citation needed] The Accountant Won
Randy and the Mob Won
2009 South By Southwest Special Jury Award for Best Ensemble Cast[18] That Evening Sun Nominated
Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Drama[19] The Shield Nominated
2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series[20] Justified Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series[citation needed] Nominated
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film[citation needed] Nominated
2012 San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble[citation needed] Django Unchained Nominated
2013 Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series[21] Justified Nominated
2014 Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series[22] Sons of Anarchy Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series[22] Justified Nominated
2015 Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series[23] Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series[23] Sons of Anarchy Nominated
2016 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor The Hateful Eight Nominated
2018 Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Vice Principals Won

References[edit]

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  3. ^ VanDerWerff, Todd (January 31, 2012). "Interview: Walton Goggins". The A.V. Club. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
  4. ^ Meslow, Scott (June 20, 2014). "Rectify is the successor to Mad Men you've been looking for". The Week. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
  5. ^ Stanhope, Kate (May 5, 2010). "Justified Promotes Walton Goggins to Series Regular". TV Guide.
  6. ^ Stuart Levine (July 14, 2011). "Nomination reaction: Walton Goggins". Variety. Retrieved July 15, 2011.
  7. ^ Christopher M (April 12, 2012). "Walton Goggins Joins "Django Unchained". Celluloid and Cigarette Burns. Retrieved July 31, 2012.
  8. ^ Highfill, Samantha (October 9, 2012). "'Sons of Anarchy': Walton Goggins talks Venus Van Dam | Inside TV | EW.com". Insidetv.ew.com. Retrieved January 28, 2015.
  9. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (February 9, 2015). "'Justified's' Walton Goggins to Star in HBO's 'Vice Principals'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
  10. ^ Hale, Mike (July 15, 2016). "Review: HBO's 'Vice Principals' Features Power Struggles and Potty Mouths". The New York Times.
  11. ^ Anon., 2015, "Archives–2004 Sundance Film Festival: "Chrystal" (Director: Ray McKinnon, Screenwriters: Ray McKinnon), see [1], accessed January 26, 2015.
  12. ^ "Nominees/Winners | Television Academy". Emmys.com. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  13. ^ Kelly, Winter (November 16, 2004). "Hollywood Hills Residents Mourn Tragic Loss". Canyon News. Beverly Hills, California. Archived from the original on May 3, 2016.
  14. ^ "Under the Radar interview with Walton Goggins". Military.com. September 13, 2011.
  15. ^ a b lmfarms. "hindu to you too". Hindutoyoutoo.blogspot.com. Retrieved January 28, 2015.
  16. ^ Hunt, Stacey Wilson (July 15, 2016). "Walton Goggins on 25 Years of Playing 'That Guy'". Vulture.com (New York). Retrieved January 6, 2017. I actually got my first job after being here [in Los Angeles] for one week — a role opposite Billy Crystal in Mr. Saturday Night. I was the Nervous Kid in a flashback sequence. It didn’t make the movie, but it made the DVD.
  17. ^ Murray, Noel (November 23, 2008). "Walton Goggins". The A.V. Club. Retrieved January 7, 2017. I was in a movie called Forever Young, with Mel Gibson. I just saw the director up here in Canada the other day—Steve Miner. ...[W]hen you're a young actor, you live for those days. It was a day with Mel Gibson. ... Early in my career, those small roles I got, they were pretty two-dimensional, buddy, for the most part. But you do what you can do with it on your day, and you're thankful for it.
  18. ^ "SXSW 2009 awards "Made in China" best narrative feature". FilmFestivals.com. March 18, 2009. Archived from the original on December 22, 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2016. Additional on December 22, 2016.
  19. ^ "Television Critics Association Announces 2009 Award Nominees". Television Critics Association. June 3, 2009. Archived from the original on December 22, 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2016. Addition on December 22, 2016
  20. ^ "Emmys > Award Search > Walton Goggins". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  21. ^ "2013 // Nominees for the 3rd Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards" (Press release). Broadcast Television Critics Association. June 10, 2013. Archived from the original on December 22, 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  22. ^ a b "2014 // Winners and Nominees from the 4th Annual Critics Choice Television Awards" (Press release). Broadcast Television Critics Association. June 1, 2015. Archived from the original on March 25, 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  23. ^ a b "2015 // Nominations For the 5th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards". Broadcast Television Critics Association. June 1, 2015. Archived from the original on December 22, 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2016. Requires scrolldown to proper press release.

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