|Born||Franklin Shea Whigham, Jr.|
January 5, 1969
Tallahassee, Florida, U.S.
Franklin Shea Whigham, Jr. (born January 5, 1969), known professionally as Shea Whigham, is an American actor. He currently portrays Elias "Eli" Thompson on the HBO drama series Boardwalk Empire.
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. 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. 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.
Whigham appeared in one 1997 episode of the television series Ghost Stories before he received a starring role in the 2000 film Tigerland. 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. 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. He has 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.
Awards for Shea Whigham
- Breaking Bad, season 5, part II (2013): Bowen, Brandt, Cranston, Crawford, Fletcher, Fraser, Gunn, Metzler, Mitte, Norris, Odenkirk, Paul, Plemons, Quezada, Rankin, Sane
- The Help (2011): Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Ahna O'Reilly, Sissy Spacek, Octavia Spencer, Mary Steenburgen, Emma Stone, Cicely Tyson, Mike Vogel
- Argo (2012): Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, Kerry Bishé, Kyle Chandler, Rory Cochrane, Bryan Cranston, Christopher Denham, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Victor Garber, John Goodman, Scoot McNairy, Chris Messina
- American Hustle (2013): Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Louis C.K., Bradley Cooper, Jack Huston, Jennifer Lawrence, Alessandro Nivola, Michael Peña, Jeremy Renner, Elisabeth Röhm, Shea Whigham