Walton Goggins

Active - 1990 - 2021  |   Born - Nov 10, 1971 in Birmingham, Alabama, United States  |   Genres - Drama

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Biography by Nathan Southern

Born November 10th, 1971, the fresh-faced, southern-born character actor Walton Goggins specializes in portrayals of hot-headed and rebellious types, often with an authoritarian or aggressive edge. Raised in Lithia Springs, GA, Goggins began his film career in his twenties with small supporting roles in A-list features, including Forever Young (1992), The Next Karate Kid (1994), and The Apostle (1997). He signed for his most successful and enduring role, however, as the sharp-tempered, racist detective Shane Vendrell on the FX network's popular police drama The Shield, a role Goggins held for multiple seasons, beginning with the program's debut in 2002. Beginning not long after this, Goggins stepped behind the camera to produce and turned out a number of noteworthy efforts, including the Billy Bob Thornton-headlined psychological drama Chrystal (2004) and the crime comedy Randy and the Mob, both directed by Ray McKinnon and both co-starring Goggins.

Following the conclusion of The Shield in 2007, Goggins worked as an actor and producer in That Evening Sun, a psychological drama following the efforts of an aging farmer to keep his farm after his son betrays him by leasing the property to an old nemesis. The actor joined a cast including Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, and Sam Rockwell for Cowboys & Aliens in 2011’s Cowboys & Aliens, and continued to enjoy television success on the police drama Justified.

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  • Was an accomplished clog dancer as a youngster and once opened for B.B. King at the Fulton County Prison in Atlanta.
  • Once managed his own valet parking service.
  • Co-founded the production company Ginny Mule Productions, which produced the Academy Award-winning short film The Accountant in 2000.
  • Played a corrupt detective, a breakthrough role, on The Shield from 2002 to 2008.
  • His character on the FX series Justified was supposed to die in the pilot episode, but test audiences reacted so positively to Goggins's portrayal that the producers decided to re-write the script.
  • Supports the environmental non-profit Global Green USA. 
  • Is a photographer and frequent traveler in his spare time.