Shea Whigham

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Shea Whigham
BornFranklin Shea Whigham, Jr.
(1969-01-05) January 5, 1969 (age 45)
Tallahassee, Florida, U.S.
Years active1997–present
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Shea Whigham
BornFranklin Shea Whigham, Jr.
(1969-01-05) January 5, 1969 (age 45)
Tallahassee, Florida, U.S.
Years active1997–present

Franklin Shea Whigham, Jr. (born January 5, 1969), known professionally as Shea Whigham, is an American actor. He portrayed Elias "Eli" Thompson in the HBO drama series Boardwalk Empire.

Early life[edit]

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]


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 City, New Jersey. In 2014, he appeared in the HBO series True Detective as disillusioned former minister Joel Theriot.[5]



1998Of Love & FantasyCraig
2000TigerlandPvt. Wilson
2001SubmergedCapt. Oliver NaquinTelevision film
2002R.U.S./H.Odell TippyTelevision film
2002Bad CompanyAgent WellsUncredited
2003All the Real GirlsTip
2004ParadiseJeremiah AlcottTelevision film
2004Out of This WorldRussell Reade
2004WaterDaniel West
2005Man of the HouseRanger Holt
2005Lords of DogtownDrake Landon
2005Psychic DrivingRyan BarrettShort film
2005Faith of My FathersNorris OverlyTelevision film
2006Wristcutters: A Love StoryEugene
2006First SnowVincent McClure
2008South of HeavenMad Dog Mantee
2008Pride and GloryKenny Dugan
2008SplinterDennis Farell
2009Blood CreekLuke Benny
2009Killing Room, TheThe Killing RoomTony Mazzolla
2009SpoonerStan Manfretti
2009Fast & FuriousAgent Stasiak
2009Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, TheThe Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New OrleansJustin
2010Radio Free AlbemuthPhil
2010Barry MundayDonald
2010Conspirator, TheThe ConspiratorCapt. Cottingham
2011Take ShelterDewart
2011Lincoln Lawyer, TheThe Lincoln LawyerCorliss
2011This Must Be the PlaceErnie Ray
2011Catch .44Billy
2012Big MiracleSAR Pilot Conrad
2012Silver Linings PlaybookJake
2013Fast & Furious 6Agent Stasiak
2013American HustleCarl Elway
2013Wolf of Wall Street, TheThe Wolf of Wall StreetCaptain Ted Beecham
2014Non-StopAgent Marenick
2015Knight of CupsPost-production
2015Lila & EveDetective HollistonFilming


1997Ghost StoriesEric DukeEpisode: "Cold in the Grave"
2004Medical InvestigationBarrett Fidler2 episodes
2006ERBobby Kenyon3 episodes
2007StandoffAndre / Jared KendallEpisode: "Ex-Factor"
2009Lie to MeJered BluntEpisode: "Life Is Priceless"
2009Numb3rsTom KardumEpisode: "The Fifth Man"
2009MediumPatrick WilkesEpisode: "New Terrain"
2010–2014Boardwalk EmpireElias "Eli" Thompson43 episodes
2014True DetectiveJoel Theriot2 episodes
2015Agent CarterRoger Dooley

Video games[edit]

2000Smuggler's RunJonVoice


  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 Roger Moore (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. Retrieved 2008-03-29. 
  4. ^ Jason Buchanan. "Shea Whigham: Biography". Allmovie. Retrieved 2008-03-29. 
  5. ^ "Watch The Full, Utterly Spellbinding Sermon By The Tent Preacher From ‘True Detective’". Retrieved 2014-07-09. 

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