Who is Walton Goggins?
Walton is an American actor, and has appeared in a wide range of television shows and movies, including the FX series “Justified” the HBO series “Vice Principals”, and the Quentin Tarantino films “Django Unchained” and “The Hateful Eight”, among numerous other roles he’s had during his career.
Walton Goggins Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education
Walton Sanders Goggins Jr. was born on 10 November 1971 in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, the son of Walton Sr. and Janet Long. Although born in Birmingham, Walton grew up in Lithia Springs, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta.
He attended Lithia Springs High School, after which he enrolled at Georgia Southern University; however, he left his studies after only a year.
Before he made his acting debut, he worked as a valet, a construction worker, and a security guard.
He had a few minor roles in Georgia before he met Ray McKinnon when the two worked together on the television movie “Murder in Mississippi”, which was Walton’s official debut.
Throughout the ’90s, Walton featured in a number of minor roles, building his portfolio. Some of the projects in which he appeared include “In the Heat of the Night”, “Queen” and “The Cherokee Kid” among many others.
Rise to Prominence
He began the new millennium with the role of Stan Roberts in the film “The Crow: Salvation”, with Kirsten Dunst, William Atherton, and Debbie Fan in the lead roles, while in 2002, he won his first major role, as Detective Shane Vendrell in the TV thriller crime-drama series “The Shield”.
The show revolves around a Los Angeles police precinct and focuses on the activities of the Strike Team, an elite group of officers led by Vic Mackey, played by Michael Chiklis, who use unorthodox and often illegal methods to maintain law and order in their district. Goggins’ character, Shane Vendrell, was a member of the Strike Team and a close friend of Mackey’s. However, over the course of the series, Shane’s actions become increasingly reckless and dangerous, leading to tragic consequences.
Goggins’ performance in “The Shield” was widely praised by critics and helped to establish him as a talented character actor. The show’s success also raised his profile in the industry, and led to more high-profile roles in both television and film.
Concurrently, Walton secured several other notable roles. He played the role of Deputy Steve Nash in Rob Zombie’s 2003 horror film “House of 1000 Corpses”, after impressing Zombie during his audition, and appeared alongside co-stars including Sid Haig and Karen Black. The film follows a group of young adults who become stranded in the home of a sadistic family of killers, known for their intense violence and gore.
Then in 2007, Walton played the role of Tino Armani in the comedy film “Randy and The Mob”. Directed by Ray McKinnon and also starring Lisa Blount and McKinnon himself, the plot revolves around a small-town businessman named Randy, who gets caught up in a web of deception and crime involving a local gangster and his family.
Continued Success and “Justified”
Following the end of “The Shield”, Walter had a few supporting roles in several films, and then secured another long-running role as Boyd Crowder in the FX crime drama series “Justified” (2010-2015), which was based on a character from Elmore Leonard’s novels. The show was created by Graham Yost and also starred Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter and Natalie Zea.
The series is set in rural Kentucky and follows US Marshal Raylan Givens (Olyphant) as he navigates the complex world of crime and corruption in his hometown. Goggins’ character, Boyd Crowder, is a childhood friend of Givens who becomes a major player in the local criminal underworld, but also maintains a complicated relationship with Givens.
Goggins’ performance in “Justified” was widely praised and earned him critical acclaim, as well as several award nominations, including three Primetime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. “Justified” was a major success for Goggins and helped to launch him even further into stardom. His portrayal of Boyd Crowder has been widely regarded as one of his career-defining roles.
In Quentin Tarantino’s 2012 film “Django Unchained” Walton Goggins played the role of Billy Crash, a sadistic overseer on a plantation in Mississippi. The film is a Western and stars Jamie Foxx as Django, a formerly enslaved person who sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal plantation owner, played by Leonardo DiCaprio.
The film was a commercial and critical success, earning over $400 million at the box office and winning two Academy Awards, including Best Original Screenplay for Tarantino. For Goggins, his work on “Django Unchained” helped to solidify his status as a sought-after character actor and opened the doors for even more high-profile roles in film and television.
Three years later, Goggins again worked with Tarantino, this time in the Western “The Hateful Eight”, playing the role of Chris Mannix, a former Confederate soldier turned sheriff who becomes embroiled in a deadly stand-off at a remote cabin during a blizzard. Also starring Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell and Jennifer Jason Leigh, the film received critical acclaim for its tense and gripping storytelling, as well as its stellar ensemble cast.
Next, he starred in the HBO comedy series “Vice Principals” which aired from 2016 to 2017, as Lee Russell, a conniving and manipulative high school administrator who teams up with fellow vice-principal Neal Gamby (played by Danny McBride) to take down their boss and become principal.
While “Vice Principals” only lasted for two seasons, it was another success for Goggins, as he was nominated for a Critics’ Choice Television Award for his performance.
From 2017–2018, Walton Goggins starred in the History Channel military drama series “Six” as Richard “Rip” Taggart, a former Navy SEAL and the leader of the show’s main SEAL Team Six unit. The series followed the team as they embarked on dangerous missions around the world, while also exploring the personal lives and struggles of the characters. Despite positive reviews, “Six” was canceled after two seasons due to declining ratings.
In the 2018 reboot of the “Tomb Raider” film franchise, Walton Goggins played the role of Mathias Vogel, the leader of a group of mercenaries who are searching for an ancient tomb on a remote island. Starring Alicia Vikander as the iconic video game character Lara Croft, the film received mixed reviews from critics.
From 2019 to 2021, Walton Goggins starred in the CBS comedy series “The Unicorn” as Wade Felton, a widower who is navigating the challenges of raising his two daughters, while also trying to re-enter the dating scene. In addition to his acting work on the series, Goggins also served as a producer, but it was canceled after only two seasons.
In the 2020 action-comedy film “Fatman” Walton Goggins played the role of the Skinny Man, a hitman who is hired by a young boy to kill Santa Claus, played by Mel Gibson, co-starring Marianne Jean-Baptiste.
Walton Goggins as Baby Billy is just *chef kiss* pic.twitter.com/vBDUzrI4sx
— DeVaughn Taylor (@_daddydisco) September 7, 2020
To speak further of his accomplishments, Walton co-starred as Baby Billy Freeman in the TV series “The Righteous Gemstones” (2019-2022) and is seen as Earl’ Peanut’ Montgomery in the TV biopic “George & Tammy”, which tells the story of the romance between country musicians George Jones and Tammy Wynette, with Jessica Chastain and Michael Shannon in the lead roles.
Moreover, he’s set to star in the video game adaption series “Fallout”, set in the post-apocalyptic USA, co-starring Mezi Atwood, Moises Arias, and Ella Purnell.
According to authoritative sources, Walton Goggins’s net worth is estimated at $12 million, as of early 2023.
Personal Life, Dating, Married, Wife, Children
Walton was married to Leanne Kaun from 2001 until 2004, when she committed suicide. Since 2011 he has been married to filmmaker Nadia Conners, with whom he has a son.
Walton has been linked with various environmental and humanitarian organizations, and is a frequent guest at the Global Green USA events. Furthermore, he has an interest in spirits company Mullholand Distilling.
Appearance and Body Measurements
Walton Goggins has dark brown hair and green eyes. He stands at a height of 5ft 10ins (1.78m), while he weighs approximately 170lbs (76kgs). His vital statistics are unknown, but he has an athletic figure.