Shea Whigham

There are always a handful of dependable character actors working in film or television that audiences automatically recognize, even if they do not know their names. Actor Shea Whigham is one of those people. Whigham is ... Read more »
Born: 01/04/1969 in Tallahassee, Florida, USA

Filmography

Actor (47)

Marvel's Agent Carter 2014 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Boardwalk Empire 2010 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Cop Car 2015 (Movie)

Man (Actor)

Knight of Cups 2015 (Movie)

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Lila and Eve 2015 (Movie)

Detective Holliston (Actor)

Vice Principals 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Non-Stop 2014 (Movie)

Agent Marenick (Actor)

Out of This World 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Radio Free Albemuth 2014 (Movie)

Phil (Actor)

True Detective 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Water 2014 (Movie)

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American Hustle 2013 (Movie)

Carl Elway (Actor)

Fast & Furious 6 2013 (Movie)

Stasiak (Actor)

The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Wolf of Wall Street 2013 (Movie)

Captain Ted Beechman (Actor)

Big Miracle 2012 (Movie)

SAR Pilot Conrad (Actor)

Savages 2012 (Movie)

Chad (Actor)

Silver Linings Playbook 2012 (Movie)

Jake (Actor)

This Must Be the Place 2012 (Movie)

Ernie Ray (Actor)

Spooner 2011 (Movie)

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Take Shelter 2011 (Movie)

Dewart (Actor)

The Conspirator 2011 (Movie)

Captain Cottingham (Actor)

The Lincoln Lawyer 2011 (Movie)

Corliss (Actor)

Barry Munday 2010 (Movie)

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Machete 2010 (Movie)

Sniper (Actor)

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans 2009 (Movie)

Justin (Actor)

Fast & Furious 2009 (Movie)

Stasiak (Actor)

Lie to Me 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Medium 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Numb3rs 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Creek 2008 (Movie)

Luke Benny (Actor)

Pride and Glory 2008 (Movie)

Kenny Dugan (Actor)

South of Heaven 2008 (Movie)

Mad Dog Mantee (Actor)

Splinter 2008 (Movie)

Dennis Farell (Actor)

The Killing Room 2008 (Movie)

Tony (Actor)

First Snow 2007 (Movie)

Vincent McClure (Actor)

Standoff 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wristcutters: A Love Story 2007 (Movie)

Eugene (Actor)

ER 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lords of Dogtown 2005 (Movie)

Drake Landon (Actor)

Man of the House 2005 (Movie)

Ranger Holt (Actor)

Medical Investigation 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

All the Real Girls 2003 (Movie)

Tip (Actor)

Submerged 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Tigerland 2000 (Movie)

Wilson (Actor)

Faith of My Fathers (TV Show)

Actor

Paradise (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

There are always a handful of dependable character actors working in film or television that audiences automatically recognize, even if they do not know their names. Actor Shea Whigham is one of those people. Whigham is best known for his role as Eli Thompson on the period gangster show "Boardwalk Empire" (HBO, 2010- ), playing the brother of the venal Atlantic City politician "Nucky" Thompson. It is a role that offered Whigham plenty of room to shine, although one of the gifts of a good character actor is holding back until the right dramatic opportunity to steal the scene. The rugged Whigham had quietly worked for years before getting his career breakthrough on the show, mainly appearing in small independent features like the Vietnam war drama "Tigerland" (2000), David Gordon Green's acclaimed "All the Real Girls" (2003) and the romantic black comedy "Wristcutters: A Love Story" (2006). In 2011 Whigham teamed up with his "Boardwalk Empire" co-star, Michael Shannon, in the independent thriller "Take Shelter," and the following year he appeared in a smaller part in the Oscar-nominated romantic drama "Silver Linings Playbook."

Relationships

Christine Whigham

Wife

Jack Whigham

Brother

EDUCATION

State University of New York at Purchase

Attended on a tennis scholarship

Milestones

2010

Landed the part of Eli Thompson on HBO's "Boardwalk Empire"

2006

Starred in the black comedy "Wristcutters: A Love Story"

2003

Co-starred in the indie drama "All the Real Girls"

2000

Landed his first starring role in the film "Tigerland"

Bonus Trivia

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Was the roommate of actor Kirk Acevedo at college.

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"It's an interesting year for me because I got rid of the costume: the boots and the Sheriff outfit. You'd think it wouldn't be that big a deal, but it's a big deal to take that suit off. And to not have that gun strapped right to you. I found myself missing it this year, for sure. It's a very internal season for Eli." - from HBO, Sep. 2012

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