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Walton Goggins

Walton Goggins American actor

American actor
Walton Goggins
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Intro American actor
A.K.A. Walton Sanders Goggins, Jr.
Is Actor Film producer Television actor Film actor
From United States of America
Type Film, Television, Stage and Radio
Gender male
Birth 10 November 1971, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama, U.S.A.
Age: 48 years
Politics Democratic Party
Stats
Height: 1.78435 m
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Biography

Walton Sanders Goggins Jr. (born November 10, 1971) is an American actor. On television, he played Shane Vendrell in The Shield and Boyd Crowder in Justified. He has also appeared in films, such as That Evening Sun, The Apostle, Chrystal, Miracle at St. Anna, Predators, Lincoln, Django Unchained, Machete Kills, American Ultra and The Hateful Eight. He co-produced and starred in the 2001 short film The Accountant, which won an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.

Early life

Goggins was born in Birmingham, Alabama, the son of Janet Long and Walton Sanders Goggins Sr. He was raised in Lithia Springs, Georgia, he attended Lithia Springs High School, and moved to Los Angeles at the age of nineteen. He attended Georgia Southern University for one year.

Career

When he was 19, Goggins moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. He worked on a valet car parking service for various restaurants in the valley and sold cowboy boots. In 1990, after working in a few acting roles in Georgia, he got his first big break in Murder in Mississippi. While filming, Goggins met and became friends with Ray McKinnon, who played his father in the film, and with whom he began a creative partnership that continues to this day. Goggins played Detective Shane Vendrell in the FX series The Shield (2002–2008).

Goggins and McKinnon formed their production company Ginny Mule Pictures, which produced four films: The Accountant (a short film which won an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 2001), Chrystal (Sundance Dramatic Competition), Randy and the Mob and That Evening Sun (which won the South by Southwest Special Jury Prize 2009). Goggins and McKinnon created the series Rectify. Goggins was set to play the lead and AMC had bought the pilot script, written by McKinnon, a role which went to Aden Young when the series later went to SundanceTV.

Goggins played Boyd Crowder in the pilot episode of the FX series Justified, and was a recurring cast member in the first season of the show, while also shooting a major supporting role as a deadly death row inmate being hunted by the titular antagonists in the film Predators. In May 2010, Goggins' character was promoted to the main cast for the second season of Justified. In May 2011, he appeared in "Code of the West", a commercial for Ram Truck's "Guts & Glory" campaign. He appeared in Cowboys & Aliens as Hunt, a bandit formerly in the employ of the protagonist. In July 2011, Goggins was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role on Justified. He portrayed Billy Crash, a sadistic overseer and slave fighting trainer, in the 2012 film Django Unchained.

From 2012 to 2013, Goggins guest-starred as transgender prostitute Venus Van Damme in the FX series Sons of Anarchy. He previously worked with the show's creator, Kurt Sutter, when the latter was a writer and executive producer on The Shield. The name "Venus Van Damme" is a play on the undercover name "Cletus Van Damme" used by Venus on The Shield.

In 2015, he played Chris Mannix in The Hateful Eight and stars in HBO's television series Vice Principals. Reviewing in The New York Times, critic Mike Hale wrote, "Walton Goggins makes a habit of being the best thing about the television shows he’s in."

Professional recognition

Goggins at the Television Academy presents An Evening with “Justified” in Hollywood on March 19, 2014

Goggins received a steady stream of recognition for his professional work. With Ray McKinnon, Lisa Blount and Ginny Mule Pictures, he was recognized by the Spirit of Slamdance Award at the Slamdance Film Festival in 2001 for The Accountant, which went on to win the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 2002. Their film Chrystal appeared in the 2004 U.S. Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival, and the same trio were awarded the Spirit of Slamdance Award again for Randy and the Mob.

Goggins was nominated for a Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Drama in 2009 for his role as Detective Shane Vendrell in The Shield. In the same year, McKinnon, Goggins, Hal Holbrook and the rest of the principal cast of That Evening Sun, won the Special Jury Award for Best Ensemble Cast at the South by Southwest Film Festival competition.

In 2012, the principal cast of Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, including Goggins, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Bruce Dern and others, were nominated for the San Diego Film Critics Society Awards for Best Ensemble Performance.

Goggins' role of Boyd Crowder in Justified received nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2011, the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film in 2011, the TV Guide Award for Favorite Villain in 2013, the Online Film & Television Association's Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2011 and 2014, and for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Goggins' role of Venus Van Dam in Sons of Anarchy received nominations for the Online Film & Television Association's Television Award for Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series in 2013 and 2014, and for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series in 2014 and 2015.

Personal life

Goggins was married to Canadian Leanne Kaun Goggins, owner of a Laurel Canyon, California, dog-walking business. Born in 1967, she and Goggins were estranged when she died on November 12, 2004.

Goggins married filmmaker Nadia Conners in August 2011, and they had a son, Augustus (born February 2011). Goggins showcases some of his photography on a blog that he created, when he took time off work and traveled across India.

He is active in various nonprofit organizations that range from environmental to humanitarian work, and regularly attends Global Green USA events.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Mr. Saturday Night Shaky Kid On DVD cut only
1992 Forever Young Gate MP
1994 The Next Karate Kid Charlie
1997 The Apostle Sam
1997 Painted Hero Roddy
1997 Switchback Bud
1998 Major League: Back to the Minors Billy "Downtown" Anderson
1999 Wayward Son
2000 The Crow: Salvation Detective Stan Roberts
2000 Red Dirt Lee Todd
2000 Shanghai Noon Wallace
2000 Beyond the Prairie: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder Almanzo Wilder
2001 Daddy and Them Tommy Christian
2001 Joy Ride Cop (DVD additional footage) Uncredited
2001 The Accountant Tommy O'Dell Short film
2002 The Bourne Identity Research Tech
2002 Beyond the Prairie, Part 2: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder Almanzo Wilder
2003 House of 1000 Corpses Deputy Steve Nash
2003 Apple Jack Moe Danyou Short film
2004 Chrystal Larry
2005 The World's Fastest Indian Marty Dickerson
2006 The Architect Joe
2007 Randy and The Mob Tino Armani
2008 Winged Creatures Zack
2008 Miracle at St. Anna Nokes
2009 That Evening Sun Paul Meecham
2009 Damage Reno
2010 Predators Stans
2011 Cowboys & Aliens Hunt
2011 Straw Dogs Daniel
2012 Lincoln Wells A. Hutchins
2012 Django Unchained Billy Crash
2013 Officer Down Angel / Detective Logue
2013 G.I. Joe: Retaliation Warden Nigel James
2013 Machete Kills El Cameleón
2015 Mojave Jim
2015 American Ultra Laugher
2015 Diablo Ezra
2015 The Hateful Eight Chris Mannix
2017 Three Christs Leon Post-production
2018 Maze Runner: The Death Cure Lawrence Filming
2018 Tomb Raider Mathias Vogel Post-production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1989 In the Heat of the Night Darrell / Robbie Jeffries / Garth Watkins 3 episodes
1990 Murder in Mississippi Lyle Television film
1992 Beverly Hills, 90210 Mike Muchin Episode: "The Pit and the Pendulum"
1992 Stay the Night Wayne Seagrove Television film
1993 For Love and Glory Buck Television film
1995 JAG Marine 2nd Lieutenant Episode: "Desert Son"
1996 Humanoids from the Deep Rod Television film
1996 The Cherokee Kid Jim Bob Television film
1996 Pacific Blue Harv 2 episodes
1996 The Sentinel Mick Episode: "True Crime"
1998 NYPD Blue Terry Episode: "Honeymoon at Viagra Falls"
2001 Murder, She Wrote: The Last Free Man Billy Weber Television film
2002–2008 The Shield Detective Shane Vendrell 88 episodes
2004 Hawaii Agent Davis Episode: "Lost and Found"
2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Marlon Frost Episode: "Empty Eyes"
2009 Criminal Minds John Cooley Episode: "Demonology"
2009 CSI: Miami Sean Echols Episode: "Dissolved"
2010–2015 Justified Boyd Crowder 74 episodes
2012 Unsupervised Bruce Lindsay (voice) Episode: "The Magic of Science"
2012–2014 Sons of Anarchy Venus Van Dam 6 episodes
2013 To Appomattox Richard Ewell 5 episodes
2014 Community Mr. Stone Episode: "Cooperative Polygraphy"
2016–present Vice Principals Lee Russell 9 episodes
2017 SIX Richard "Rip" Taggart 8 episodes
2017 American Dad! Enoch (voice) Episode: "A Nice Night for a Drive"

Video games

Year Title Voice role
1995 Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom Border World Pilot
2017 Prey Aaron Ingram

Awards and nominations

Year Award Nominated for Result
2001 Slamdance Film Festival Spirit of Slamdance Award for Best Supporting Actor (shared with Ray McKinnon and Lisa Blount) The Accountant Won
Randy and the Mob Won
2009 South By Southwest Special Jury Award for Best Ensemble Cast That Evening Sun Nominated
Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Drama The Shield Nominated
2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2011) Justified Nominated
Broadcast Television Critics Association Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
2012 San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble Django Unchained Nominated
2013 Broadcast Television Critics Association Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Justified Nominated
2014 Broadcast Television Critics Association Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series Sons of Anarchy Nominated
Broadcast Television Critics Association Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Justified Nominated
2015 Broadcast Television Critics Association Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Broadcast Television Critics Association Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series Sons of Anarchy Nominated
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