Shea Whigham is an American actor best known for his starring role as Elias 'Eli' Thompson on the television drama series Boardwalk Empire.
Whigham got his start in New York theatre as the co-founder and artistic director of the Rorshach Group, but quickly made a name for himself in film and television, starting with his debut in Joel Schumacher's Tigerland, opposite Colin Farrell.
Many roles quickly followed: David Gordon Green's All the Real Girls; the international film Out of this World, directed by Saamoto Junji; the television film Faith of our Fathers; as well as work in major studio productions such as Bad Company (working again with Joel Schumacher), Man of the House, with Tommy Lee Jones, Lords of Dogtown, directed by Catherine Hardwicke, First Snow, with Guy Pearce and the Sundance hit and Independent Spirit Award nominee Wristcutters, with Patrick Fugit.
His movies include Splinter, New Line's Pride & Glory, directed by Gavin O'Connor, the Universal hit Fast & Furious, Werner Herzog's Bad Lieutenant remake starring Nicolas Cage and the indie films Barry Munday, Spooner, Radio Free Albemuth, The Killing Room and South of Heaven.
His credits include The Conspirator, directed by Robert Redford, and Robert Rodriguez's Machete with Robert DeNiro.