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Shea Whigham Biography

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Birth Name: Shea Whigham
Born: 01/05/1969
Birth Place: Tallahassee, Florida, USA

Born in Tallahassee, FL in 1969, Whigham was the son of college football player Frank Whigham, and athletics played a huge role in his early years, particularly soccer and tennis. He played on the tennis team at Lake Mary High School. When it came time to attend college, acting was the farthest thing from his mind, having landed a tennis scholarship. Eventually, however, Whigham caught the acting bug while at school. He co-founded the Rorschach Group with his actor/roommate Kirk Acevedo, gaining experience as both a performer and artistic director. Whigham's brother, Jack, is also part of the entertainment industry, working as a talent agent at CAA.

After making a splash in Joel Schumacher's "Tigerland," Whigham did not immediately catapult to fame. He continued working in the trenches of the acting profession, landing prominent roles in small pictures like "All the Real Girls" and "Wristcutters: A Love Story," as well as nabbing the occasional television role, such as co-starring opposite Sam Neill in the TV movie "Submerged" (2001), appearing on a few episodes of "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009) and guest-starring on an episode of "Medium" (NBC, 2005-2011). He also popped up in bigger feature films playing small parts, like in the skateboard movie "Lords of Dogtown" (2005), street racing favorite "Fast & Furious" (2009) and in the Nicolas Cage crime flick "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans" (2009). With the success of "Boardwalk Empire," Whigham also started cropping up in even bigger-budget productions, like "The Lincoln Lawyer" (2011), Oliver Stone's "Savages" (2012) and David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" (2012). After reprising his role as Stasiak in the surprisingly well-received "Fast & Furious 6" (2013), Whigham appeared in two of the biggest films of the 2013 Oscar season with key supporting roles in Russell's late '70s-set caper comedy "American Hustle" (2013) and Martin Scorsese's antic exploration of the 1990s stock market bubble, "The Wolf of Wall Street" (2013).