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Overview (3)

Born in Tallahassee, Florida, USA
Birth NameFranklin Shea Whigham Junior
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born in Florida, educated at the State University of New York-Purchase, and coming from the NYC based theatre scene, Shea Whigham's big break came when director Joel Schumacher cast him opposite Colin Farrell in Tigerland (2000). He has worked opposite Robert DeNiro, Anthony Hopkins, Christian Bale, Sean Penn and many others; and continues his role as "Eli Thompson" on HBO's award-winning series Boardwalk Empire (2010). Married with four children, Whigham and his family divide their time between New York and Los Angeles.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Principal Entertainment

Trivia (3)

His younger brother is the agent Jack Whigham.
Father of Giorgia Whigham.
As of 2020, he has been in 5 films that were Oscar nominated for Best Picture: Silver Linings Playbook (2012), American Hustle (2013), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Vice (2018), and Joker (2019).

Personal Quotes (16)

I can't script my career better than what it is.
I don't say that I have a job. I have a gig, or a piece, or a film, or a show, but it's never a job.
I've worked with Terrence Malick, Werner Herzog, Olive Stone and David Gordon Green, and Damien Chazelle on 'First Man.' When you have someone at the helm like that, they're gonna make something great.
I tell people that I've had a chance to work Sam Esmail, Damien Chazelle and Cary Fukunaga, and those guys are working on a different level.
I guess the ultimate thing is that you want to keep working, you know, with the best.
When I think about it, I've been really lucky.
In the South, you can't say you're hurting. You can't cry, so you lash out.
I've worked with David O. Russell.
I'll say that, Bill Camp, from 'The Night Of,' is one of our great actors.
It's always about the project itself than a character for me. It's all experiential.
I've always wanted to work with the best directors. Directors lead you to the best material and thus the best actors.
'Vice' came up really quickly. I was doing something else, and I got a call, and I said, 'Absolutely.' It wasn't a lot of time to prepare. I love a lot of lead-in time. But I jumped in.
I'd never done television prior to 'Boardwalk.'
It was just an incredible experience all around on 'Boardwalk.'
I've supported myself since 'Tigerland.'
I don't know if my father realizes this, but I remember sitting there watching 'Apocalypse Now,' watching Pacino in 'Scarface' and watching James Dean in 'East of Eden' with him. And him he's not in the arts at all just pointing out 'the greats.'

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