Walton Sanders Goggins Jr.
November 10, 1971
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
(m. 2001; d. 2004)
Walton Sanders Goggins Jr. (born November 10, 1971) is an American actor. He has starred in supporting roles in television series, including Sons of Anarchy,The Shield, Justified, Vice Principals, The Righteous Gemstones and Invincible. He also starred in films, including Lincoln, Predators, Django Unchained, The Hateful Eight, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Tomb Raider, and Ant-Man and the Wasp.
He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his work on Justified. He also produced and starred in the 2001 short film The Accountant, which won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.
Goggins was born in Birmingham, Alabama, the son of Janet Long and Walton Sanders Goggins, Sr. He was raised in Lithia Springs, Georgia, attended Lithia Springs High School, and, for one year, Georgia Southern University.
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Goggins moved to Los Angeles and worked on a valet car parking service for various restaurants. After working in a few acting roles in Georgia, Goggins met Ray McKinnon while filming Murder in Mississippi.
Goggins played 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 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 series Rectify. 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.
Goggins played Boyd Crowder in the pilot episode for the FX series Justified, while filming a major supporting role as a deadly death row inmate being hunted by the titular antagonists in the film Predators. Boyd was intended to die in the pilot episode, but Justified producer Yost kept the character when test audiences selected Goggins for the role. Goggins joined the main cast from the second season in May 2010.
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. In July 2011, Goggins was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role on Justified. He portrayed Billy Crash, a sadistic overseer and slave fighting trainer, in the 2012 film Django Unchained.
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, the character Goggins portrayed on The Shield. He played Chris Mannix in The Hateful Eight and Lee Russell in the HBO series Vice Principals. 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."
In 2018, Goggins starred as Lawrence in Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Mathias Vogel in Tomb Raider, and Sonny Burch in Ant-Man and the Wasp. Goggins 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 real crime podcast Deep Cover: The Drug Wars.
Honors, awards, distinctions
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, 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 received nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series 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.
For Sons of Anarchy, Goggins 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.
Goggins married Canadian resident Leanne Kaun, who owned a Laurel Canyon, California, dog-walking business and died by suicide on November 12, 2004. Goggins married filmmaker Nadia Conners in August 2011. They have a son, Augustus (born February 2011).
Goggins showcases some of his photography on a blog that he created when he took a sabbatical and traveled across India. He is active in various nonprofit organizations that range from environmental to humanitarian work. He attended the Global Green USA events. He is a partner in a spirits company, Mulholland Distilling.
|1989||In the Heat of the Night||Darrell / Robbie Jeffries / Garth Watkins||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||Queen||Young Man #1|
|1993||Renegade||Lance||Episode: "Wheel Man"|
|1995||JAG||Marine 2nd Lieutenant||Episode: "Desert Son"|
|1996||Humanoids from the Deep||Rod||Television film|
|The Cherokee Kid||Jim Bob|
|Pacific Blue||Harv||2 episodes|
|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||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|
|2017–2018||Six||Richard "Rip" Taggart||18 episodes|
|2017||American Dad!||Enoch (voice)||Episode: "A Nice Night for a Drive"|
|2018||The Big Bang Theory||Oliver||Episode: "The Separation Triangulation"|
|L.A. Confidential||Det. Sgt. Jack Vincennes||Pilot|
|2019||Deep State||Nathan Miller||8 episodes; also executive producer|
|2019–present||The Righteous Gemstones||Baby Billy Freeman||7 episodes|
|2019–2021||The Unicorn||Wade||31 episodes|
|2021–present||Invincible||Cecil Stedman (voice)||7 episodes|
|TBA||The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey||Dr. Rubin||Upcoming miniseries|
|1995||Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom||Border World Pilot|
|2007||The Shield||Detective Shane Vendrell|
Awards and nominations
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- Wilson Hunt, Stacey (July 15, 2016). "Walton Goggins on 25 Years of Playing 'That Guy'". Vulture. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
- VanDerWerff, Emily (January 31, 2012). "Interview: Walton Goggins". The A.V. Club. Retrieved September 16, 2019.
- Meslow, Scott (June 20, 2014). "Rectify is the successor to Mad Men you've been looking for". The Week. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
- Stanhope, Kate (May 5, 2010). "Justified Promotes Walton Goggins to Series Regular". TV Guide. Retrieved June 6, 2020.
- Stuart Levine (July 14, 2011). "Nomination reaction: Walton Goggins". Variety. Retrieved July 15, 2011.
- Christopher M (April 12, 2012). "Walton Goggins Joins "Django Unchained". Celluloid and Cigarette Burns. Retrieved July 31, 2012.
- Highfill, Samantha (October 9, 2012). "'Sons of Anarchy': Walton Goggins talks Venus Van Dam". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 1, 2019.
- Goldberg, Lesley (February 9, 2015). "'Justified's' Walton Goggins to Star in HBO's 'Vice Principals'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
- Hale, Mike (July 15, 2016). "Review: HBO's 'Vice Principals' Features Power Struggles and Potty Mouths". The New York Times.
- White, Peter (July 8, 2020). "Walton Goggins To Voice Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Podcast 'Deep Cover' From Malcolm Gladwell's Pushkin Industries".
- Anon., 2015, "Archives–2004 Sundance Film Festival: "Chrystal" (Director: Ray McKinnon, Screenwriters: Ray McKinnon), see , accessed January 26, 2015.
- "Nominees/Winners | Television Academy". Emmys.com. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
- Kelly, Winter (November 16, 2004). "Hollywood Hills Residents Mourn Tragic Loss". Canyon News. Beverly Hills, California. Archived from the original on May 3, 2016.
- "Under the Radar interview with Walton Goggins". Military.com. September 13, 2011.
- lmfarms. "hindu to you too". Hindutoyoutoo.blogspot.com. Retrieved January 28, 2015.
- "Walton Goggins". Mulholland Distilling.
- 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.
- 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.
- Fernández, Alexia (March 12, 2021). "Spirit Untamed First Look! Hear Taylor Swift's Re-Recorded 'Wildest Dreams'". People.
- "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.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link) Additional on December 22, 2016.
- "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.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link) Addition on December 22, 2016
- "Emmys > Award Search > Walton Goggins". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Walton Goggins.|
- Walton Goggins at IMDb
- "Interview with Walton Goggins". The Rafferty/Mills Connection Podcast. 2009.
- "Interview with Walton Goggins on 'Justified' and 'The Shield'". myFanbase. December 2011.
- Walton Goggins Fan site at walton-goggins.net