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Shea Whigham



An athletic, all-American actor whose remarkable audition opposite Colin Farrell led director Joel Schumacher to cast him in his 2000 war drama Tigerland on the spot, Shea Whigham may not be a household name, but with impressive performances in such subsequent features as All the Real Girls and Out of This World, he's certainly become a talent to watch for. Born the son of former Florida State University quarterback Frank Whigham, the young athlete excelled at tennis and soccer in his early years, eventually entering college on a tennis scholarship. It was during his higher education that Whigham discovered a passion for acting, and soon thereafter, the aspiring thespian was accepted into New York's prestigious S.U.N.Y. Purchase Conservatory. A friendship with roommate Kirk Acevedo led the burgeoning actors to co-found the New York-based theater troupe The Rorschach Group, following graduation, with Whigham serving double duty as both performer and artistic director at the downtown Manhattan theater company for three years. After making an impression on audiences with his performance in Tigerland, Whigham went on to appear opposite Sam Neill in the made-for-television nautical drama Submerged, and in the next few years he would continue to gain onscreen momentum by turning in impressive performances in such efforts as All the Real Girls. If the majority of his post-Tigerland roles didn't offer quite the exposure of his impressive debut, appearances in such high-profile Hollywood efforts as Cheer Up and The Lords of Dogtown showed that Whigham was ready and willing to work his way back into the spotlight. He followed through on his potential with a string of mostly indie films including Wristcutters: A Love Story, Splinter, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, and Machete. He was cast as the corrupt police officer brother of the scheming prohibition-era gangster Nucky Thompson in HBO's Boardwalk Empire, and he would co-star in Take Shelter with his Boardwalk castmate Michael Shannon. In 2012 Wigham could be seen on the big screen in three big projects, Big Miracle, Oliver Stone's drug drama Savages, and David O Russell's crowd-pleaser Silver Linings Playbook.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
84% Star Trek Beyond
  • Teenaxi Leader
2016
0% Term Life
  • Matty Miller
2016
46% Knight of Cups
  • Jim
2016
17% A Country Called Home
  • Cole
2016
79% Cop Car
  • Man
2015
33% Lila & Eve
  • Detective Holliston
2015
90% The Life And Mind Of Mark Defriest
  • Actor
2015
36% Radio Free Albemuth
  • Philip K. Dick
2014
60% Non-Stop
  • Agent Marenick
2014
77% The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Captain Ted Beecham
2013
93% American Hustle
  • Carl Elway
2013
69% Fast & Furious 6
  • Stasiak
2013
No Score Yet Untitled Ice Cube/David O. Russell Project
  • Carl Elway
2013
92% Silver Linings Playbook
  • Jake
2012
65% This Must Be The Place
  • Ernie Ray
2012
51% Savages
  • Chad
2012
73% Big Miracle
  • SAR Pilot Conrad
2012
No Score Yet Catch .44
  • Billy
2011
92% Take Shelter
  • Dewart
2011
83% The Lincoln Lawyer
  • Corliss
2011
No Score Yet Spooner
  • Stan
2011
43% Barry Munday
  • Donald
2010
72% Machete
  • Sniper
2010
87% Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
  • Justin
2009
43% Blood Creek
  • Luke
2009
28% Fast & Furious
  • Agent Ben Stasiak
2009
67% The Killing Room
  • Tony
2009
74% Splinter
  • Dennis
2008
35% Pride and Glory
  • Kenny Dugan
2008
No Score Yet South of Heaven
  • Mad Dog Mantee
2008
67% Wristcutters: A Love Story
  • Eugene
2007
58% First Snow
  • Vincent
2007
55% Lords of Dogtown
  • Dranke Landon
2005
No Score Yet Faith of My Fathers
  • Actor
2005
9% Man of the House
  • Ranger Holt
2005
71% All the Real Girls
  • Tip
2003
10% Bad Company
  • Actor
2002
76% Tigerland
  • Wilson
2000

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Bobby
91% Boardwalk Empire
2010-2014
  • Elias Thompson
No Score Yet Lie to Me
2009-2011
  • Jered Blunt
No Score Yet Medium
2005-2011
  • Patrick Wilkes
63% Vice Principals
2016
  • Ray
No Score Yet Numb3rs
2005-2010
  • Tom Kardum
88% Marvel's Agent Carter
2015-2016
  • Roger Dooley
75% True Detective
2014-2015
  • Joel Theriot

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