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About Walton Goggins (1971 – ____)
Walton Sanders Goggins Jr. 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, California at the age of nineteen. He attended Georgia Southern University for one year.
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 that 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 Goggins' character 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."
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.
Goggins was married to Canadian small business owner Leanne Kaun Goggins, who ran 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
Walton Goggins's movie credits include...
|1992||Mr. Saturday Night||Shaky Kid|
|1992||Forever Young||Gate MP|
|1994||The Next Karate Kid||Charlie|
|1998||Major League: Back to the Minors||Billy "Downtown" Anderson|
|2000||The Crow: Salvation||Detective Stan Roberts|
|2000||Red Dirt||Lee Todd|
|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)|
|2001||The Accountant||Tommy O'Dell|
|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|
|2005||The World's Fastest Indian||Marty Dickerson|
|2007||Randy and The Mob||Tino Armani|
|2008||Miracle at St. Anna||Nokes|
|2009||That Evening Sun||Paul Meecham|
|2011||Cowboys & Aliens||Hunt|
|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||The Hateful Eight||Chris Mannix|
Walton Goggins's television credits include...
|1989||In the Heat of the Night||Darrell / Robbie Jeffries / Garth Watkins|
|1990||Murder in Mississippi||Lyle|
|1992||Beverly Hills, 90210||Mike Muchin|
|1992||Stay the Night||Wayne Seagrove|
|1993||For Love and Glory||Buck|
|1995||JAG||Marine 2nd Lieutenant|
|1996||Humanoids from the Deep||Rod|
|1996||The Cherokee Kid||Jim Bob|
|2001||Murder, She Wrote: The Last Free Man||Billy Weber|
|2002–2008||The Shield||Detective Shane Vendrell|
|2007||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Marlon Frost|
|2009||Criminal Minds||John Cooley|
|2009||CSI: Miami||Sean Echols|
|2012–2014||Sons of Anarchy||Venus Van Dam|
|2013||To Appomattox||Richard Ewell|
|2016–present||Vice Principals||Lee Russell|
|2017||SIX||Richard "Rip" Taggart|
Memorable Quotes by Walton Goggins
“ The life of a character doesn't just exist between action and cut. ”
“ I don't take a scene or word for granted. ”
[on his childhood] “ I was known as the kid who raised himself... my mother wanted to party and have a life. She was young. I grew up with people smoking dope on the porch. I'm not sad about it at all. And she's really showed up since. But when I was young she didn't do a lot, other than making sure I had clogging lessons. ”
[on his roles] “ I've always been invited through the back door. It hasn't been easy for me. I would never have gotten the jobs I did without the advent of cable television, which brought back the kinds of raw, authentic leading actors you had in the seventies: [Robert] Duvall, Ed Harris, Tommy Lee Jones. ”
Things You May Not Know About Walton Goggins
He is an avid photographer and traveler.
Goggins was the object of Georgia General Assembly House Resolution 1589, which stated that the members of the Georgia House commended him on his distinguished acting career and on his Academy Award on behalf of the residents of Lithia Springs, Douglas County, and the state of Georgia.
He is good friends with his Justified (2010) co-star Timothy Olyphant.
He initially turned down the role of Boyd Crowder on Justified (2010) because he was concerned it would be a negative stereotype of Southerners. He finally agreed to shoot the pilot, in which Boyd was originally killed. However, his character did so well with testing audiences that it was decided to reshoot the end of the pilot to allow Boyd to live and be a recurring character.
He has had significant dental work done after his teeth were knocked out twice as a child, once while playing baseball and again in an accident on a diving board.
He grew up in an 1850s Georgia farmhouse.