Shea Whigham

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Shea Whigham
Born Franklin Shea Whigham Jr.
(1969-01-05) January 5, 1969 (age 49)
Tallahassee, Florida, U.S.
Alma mater State University of New York at Purchase
Occupation Actor
Years active 1997–present

Franklin Shea Whigham Jr. (born January 5, 1969) is an American actor. He portrayed Elias "Eli" Thompson in the HBO drama series Boardwalk Empire, and also had supporting roles in Kong: Skull Island and True Detective. He appeared as Agent Michael Stasiak in Fast & Furious and Fast & Furious 6.

Early life

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.[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]

Career

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 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.[5] 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)".[6] He guest starred in the fifth season of the VH1 action crime television series Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, with Michael Fassbender and Bryce Dallas Howard.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Of Love & Fantasy Craig
2000 Tigerland Pvt. Wilson
2002 Bad Company 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 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
2008 Splinter Dennis Farell
2009 Blood Creek Luke Benny
2009 The Killing Room Tony Mazzolla
2009 Spooner Stan Manfretti
2009 Fast & Furious 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 Capt. Cottingham
2011 Take Shelter Dewart
2011 The Lincoln Lawyer Corliss
2011 This Must Be the Place Ernie Ray
2011 Catch .44 Billy
2012 Big Miracle SAR Pilot Conrad
2012 Savages Chad
2012 Silver Linings Playbook Jake
2013 Fast & Furious 6 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 Marty Miller
2017 Kong: Skull Island Cole
2017 Death Note James Turner
2017 Wheelman Motherfucker
2018 The Catcher Was a Spy Joe Cronin
2018 Beirut Gary Ruzak
2018 Sicario: Day of the Soldado Andy Wheeldon
2018 City of Lies Frank Lyga Post-production
2018 First Man Gus Grissom Post-production
2018 Backseat Wayne Vincent Post-production
TBA To the Stars Hank Deerborne Post-production

Television

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

Main role

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 Miniseries; 6 episodes

Video games

Year Title Role
2000 Smuggler's Run Jon (voice)

References

  1. ^ a b "Interview: Shea Whigham". When I Said I Wanted to Be Your Blog. 2 November 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-29. 
  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'". Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  6. ^ 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. 

External links

  • Shea Whigham on IMDb
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