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Goggins in The Hateful Eight.

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...

Year Movie Role
1992Mr. Saturday NightShaky Kid
1992Forever YoungGate MP
1994The Next Karate KidCharlie
1997The ApostleSam
1997Painted HeroRoddy
1997SwitchbackBud
1998Major League: Back to the MinorsBilly "Downtown" Anderson
1999Wayward Son
2000The Crow: SalvationDetective Stan Roberts
2000Red DirtLee Todd
2000Shanghai NoonWallace
2000Beyond the Prairie: The True Story of Laura Ingalls WilderAlmanzo Wilder
2001Daddy and ThemTommy Christian
2001Joy RideCop (DVD additional footage)
2001The AccountantTommy O'Dell
2002The Bourne IdentityResearch Tech
2002Beyond the Prairie, Part 2: The True Story of Laura Ingalls WilderAlmanzo Wilder
2003House of 1000 CorpsesDeputy Steve Nash
2003Apple JackMoe Danyou
2004ChrystalLarry
2005The World's Fastest IndianMarty Dickerson
2006The ArchitectJoe
2007Randy and The MobTino Armani
2008Winged CreaturesZack
2008Miracle at St. AnnaNokes
2009That Evening SunPaul Meecham
2009DamageReno
2010PredatorsStans
2011Cowboys & AliensHunt
2011Straw DogsDaniel
2012LincolnWells A. Hutchins
2012Django UnchainedBilly Crash
2013Officer DownAngel / Detective Logue
2013G.I. Joe: RetaliationWarden Nigel James
2013Machete KillsEl Cameleón
2015MojaveJim
2015American UltraLaugher
2015DiabloEzra
2015The Hateful EightChris Mannix
2017Three Christs
2018Tomb Raider

Walton Goggins's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
1989In the Heat of the NightDarrell / Robbie Jeffries / Garth Watkins
1990Murder in MississippiLyle
1992Beverly Hills, 90210Mike Muchin
1992Stay the NightWayne Seagrove
1993For Love and GloryBuck
1995JAGMarine 2nd Lieutenant
1996Humanoids from the DeepRod
1996The Cherokee KidJim Bob
1996Pacific BlueHarv
1998NYPD BlueTerry
2001Murder, She Wrote: The Last Free ManBilly Weber
2002–2008The ShieldDetective Shane Vendrell
2007CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationMarlon Frost
2009Criminal MindsJohn Cooley
2009CSI: MiamiSean Echols
2010–2015JustifiedBoyd Crowder
2012–2014Sons of AnarchyVenus Van Dam
2013To AppomattoxRichard Ewell
2014CommunityMr. Stone
2016–presentVice PrincipalsLee Russell
2017SIXRichard "Rip" Taggart

Memorable Quotes by Walton Goggins

“ The life of a character doesn't just exist between action and cut. ”

“ My heroes are Robert Duvall, Forest Whitaker, Ed Harris, Tommy Lee Jones, Anthony Hopkins and Sean Penn.”

“ 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.

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Walton Goggins in Vice Principals (2016-Present)...
top picture with R.J. Cyler and Shawn Rivers... second picture with
Danny McBride... bottom picture with Bill Murray and Danny McBride.
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Goggins in The Shield (2002-2008)... second picture with Michael Chiklis.
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Goggins with Tim Roth in The Hateful Eight (2015).
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In That Evening Sun (2009).
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In Sons of Anarchy (2012-2014)... bottom picture with Mark Boone Jr.,
Kim Coates, Charlie Hunnam, and Niko Nicotera.
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Goggins in Predators (2010), with Adrien Brody and Alice Braga.
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In Machete Kills (2013).
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As Boyd Crowder, arch-villain in the TV series Justified (2010-2015)... third and fourth
pictures with Joelle Carter... fifth picture with Sam Elliott... bottom picture with Tim Olyphant.
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Goggins in House of 1000 Corpses (2003).
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In Django Unchained (2012).
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In Diablo (2015).
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Walton Goggins in Damage (2009).