Walton Goggins is an American actor best known for his role as Detective Shane Vendrell in the crime drama television series The Shield, from 2002-2008.
He currently stars as Boyd Crowder on the crime drama television series Justified, since 2010.
In 2009 he was nominated for a Television Critics Association (TCA) Award in the category of Individual Achievement in Drama for his role on The Shield. In addition, New York Magazine singled out his performance as one of the highlights of television.
Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, Variety, and The Hollywood Reporter all consistently listed Goggins as their choice for an Emmy nomination. In 2008, The Shield ended its successful seven-season run, earning the honour of #1 in Time magazine's Top 10 Television Series, as well as being named one of AFI's Top Television Programs of the Year for 2008.
Goggins also starred in Jon Favreau's Cowboys and Aliens alongside Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Sam Rockwell. Cowboys and Aliens was produced by Imagine entertainment for Universal Pictures.
Prior to that Goggins starred in writer/producer Robert Rodriguez's summer action feature Predators, directed by Nimrod Antal. The film, grossing over $125-million, was released by Twentieth Century Fox on July 9, 2010.
Goggins plays the multi-dimensional role of notorious serial killer Walter Stans, who comes full circle as the group fights for survival and in the end makes the ultimate sacrifice for his team.
In 2010, television audiences saw Goggins return to FX in the drama series Justified, starring Timothy Olyphant. Goggins plays the pivotal role of extremist/born again Christian leader Boyd Crowder, long time friend, yet ultimate nemesis to U. S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Olyphant).
Elmore Leonard, executive producer and writer of the short story Fire in the Hole on which the show is based, says of Boyd: "There has never been a more poetic bad guy on television in the way that he sees the world."
Goggins also appeared in Rod Lurie's adaptation of the Sam Peckinpaw film Straw Dogs starring James Marsden and Kate Bosworth. Goggins plays the role of Daniel in the feature, which was filmed on location in Shreveport, Louisiana.
He has been working in front of the camera since the 1990s, starring in countless television shows and feature films. Film credits include Spike Lee's Miracle at St. Anna, Fragments with Kate Beckinsale and Guy Pierce, and the independent action feature Damage, directed by Jeff King.
Goggins had the distinct honour of playing Sammy, Robert Duvall's trustworthy friend, in The Apostle for October Films. Additional film credits include The World's Fastest Indian, opposite Anthony Hopkins; The Bourne Identity; Shanghai Noon opposite Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson; Major League III; and Billy Bob Thornton's Daddy and Them.
He has also taken a turn behind the camera. Goggins, along with his partners at Ginny Mule Pictures, won an Academy Award for their short film, The Accountant, which he produced and starred in.
The Academy Award-winning team produced, directed and starred in their first feature, Chrystal, starring Billy Bob Thornton, which was accepted into the 2005 Sundance Film Festival's Dramatic Competition.
For their third collaboration, Goggins produced and starred in the feature Randy and the Mob, which won the Audience Award for Best Feature at the 2007 Nashville Film Festival.
Goggins and his Ginny Mule partners completed their fourth feature, That Evening Sun, starring Hal Holbrook and Goggins, who also produced. The film made its world premiere at the South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival in Austin, TX in March 2009, where it won the Narrative Feature Audience Award and received the Special Jury Award for Best Ensemble Cast.
The film continued its run winning awards at over 14 film festivals across the country, culminating with the honor of the Wyatt Award from the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) and two Independent Spirit Award nominations.
Goggins also takes time to lend a hand to various non-profit organizations, including Global Green USA, which is committed to sustainable development and the legislation to support it.
He often participates in the organization's activities and events, hosting a special screening of the film That Evening Sun to raise funds for Global Green's international efforts to aid Haitian earthquake victims.
In his free time, he enjoys traveling the world and has spent time in Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Central America and Morocco, as well as India last spring. Goggins is an avid photographer and has captured many of his journeys on film.
Walton Goggins: justifiably cool