Walton Goggins is an actor of considerable versatility and acclaim who has delivered provocative performances in a multitude of feature films and television series. He won a Critics’ Choice Award for his performance in the HBO comedy series “Vice Principals” and landed an Emmy nomination for his role of ‘Boyd Crowder’ on FX’s “Justified,” among numerous accolades.
Goggins is the producer/star of the hit new CBS single-camera comedy “The Unicorn,” which debuted as TV’s #1 New Show and has been picked up for a full season. The series is about a tight-knit group of best friends and family who help ‘Wade’ (Goggins) embrace his “new normal” in the wake of the loss of his wife one year ago. As a sometimes ill-equipped but always devoted single parent to his two adolescent daughters, he is taking the major step of dating again. To Wade’s amazement, he’s a hot commodity with women, and his friends explain that he’s the perfect single guy – a “unicorn”: employed, attractive, and with a proven track record of commitment.
He has also re-teamed with his former “Vice Principals” co-star Danny McBride on HBO’s comedy series “The Righteous Gemstones,” which has been renewed for a second season. Written, directed and EP’ed by McBride, it tells the story of a world-famous televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed and charitable work. Goggins plays ‘Baby Billy,’ a former child star who clogged and sang for Jesus. As an aging man, he’s fallen on hard times and comes to the Gemstones for salvation.
On the feature front, Goggins plays the role of ‘Christ’ in THREE CHRISTS, which IFC Films will release in theaters, VOD and Digital on January 10, 2020. The story follows a doctor (Richard Gere) who is treating paranoid schizophrenic patients at the Ypsilanti State Hospital in Michigan, each of whom believe they are Jesus Christ. The film made its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Goggins recently starred opposite Oscar winner Olivia Colman in the Appalachian thriller THEM THAT FOLLOW, which made its World Premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and was released in August 2019. The film followed members of an isolated community of Pentecostal snake handlers led by ‘Pastor Lemuel’ (Goggins). In the can is the indie feature WORDS ON BATHROOM WALLS.
In 2018, Goggins appeared in three major studio features: He starred opposite Alicia Vikander in Warner Bros./MGM’s TOMB RAIDER reboot, in the role of villain ‘Mathias Vogel.’ The film opened as the #1 film globally. In its review, Variety proclaimed, “Goggins, a magnetic actor who projects the lean, hungry anger of vintage-period Jack Nicholson, never hits you over the head with evil; he lets Vogel’s sleazy cruelty seep through his pores.”
In Disney/Marvel’s ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, the sequel to the superhero feature starring Paul Rudd, Goggins played ‘Sonny Burch,’ a character deep in the Marvel mythos. Additionally, he appeared in Twentieth Century Fox’s MAZERUNNER: THE DEATH CURE, the third installment of the highly successful franchise that also opened at #1.
In recent years, Goggins has had pivotal roles in films by two of Hollywood’s most important auteurs: Quentin Tarantino and Steven Spielberg. His integral role as ‘Chris Mannix,’ a southern renegade who claims to be the new sheriff of Red Rock in Tarantino’s THE HATEFUL EIGHT, marked his second collaboration with the Academy Award-winning writer/director. He previously played slave fight trainer ‘Billy Crash’ in Tarantino’s 2012 DJANGO UNCHAINED. That same year, Goggins also appeared in Steven Spielberg’s LINCOLN, where he portrayed Congressman ‘Wells A. Hutchins.’
For television, Goggins headlined and executive-produced season two of the contemporary espionage thriller “Deep State.” He starred as ‘Nathan Miller,’ a former CIA operative who now works in the private sector as a fixer for the deep state and is at the heart of the new season. The series aired in the U.S. on EPIX, and Fox Networks Group Europe & Africa aired it globally in 50 markets in the summer of 2019.
Goggins won a Critics Choice Award for his role opposite Danny McBride in the HBO series “Vice Principals,” which aired for two seasons. Created by McBride and Jody Hill, who also created “Eastbound & Down,” “Vice Principals” is a dark comedy about a high school and the two people who almost run it, the vice principals (McBride and Goggins).
He starred in the first season of HISTORY’s “Six,” a military action drama from A+E Studios and The Weinstein Co that was the top new cable series of 2017 in total viewers. Inspired by current events, it followed an elite team of Navy SEALs whose mission to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan went awry when they uncovered a U.S. citizen working with the terrorists. Goggins played ‘Rip Taggart,’ the one-time leader of the SEAL team SIX squad.
For over a decade, Goggins has been one of the most magnetic and intense actors on television. He received an Emmy® nomination and four Critics Choice Award nominations for his mesmerizing portrayal of ‘Boyd Crowder’ on FX’s Peabody Award-winning Drama series “Justified,” which ran for six seasons. Goggins’ ‘Boyd’ was the long-time friend, yet ultimate nemesis to U.S. Marshal ‘Raylan Givens’ (Timothy Olyphant). Elmore Leonard, EP 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’ critical turn as the complex transgender prostitute ‘Venus Van Dam’ on the FX drama series “Sons of Anarchy” earned him two Critics Choice Award nominations and helped shed a fresh light on the transgender community.
For seven years Walton garnered much acclaim for his complex and edgy portrayal of ‘Detective Shane Vendrell’ on FX’s gritty, award-winning drama series “The Shield.” He was nominated for a Television Critics Association (TCA) Award in the category of “Individual Achievement in Drama.”
He has also taken his turn behind the camera. Goggins’ collaborations with his partners at Ginny Mule Pictures include winning an Academy Award® for their 2001 short film, THE ACCOUNTANT, which he produced and starred in. The 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. The film made its world premiere at the South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival in Austin, TX in 2009, where it won the Narrative Feature Audience Award and received the Special Jury Award for “Best Ensemble Cast.” It went on to win awards at over 14 film festivals, culminating with the honor of the “Wyatt Award” from the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) and two Independent Spirit Award nominations.
Goggins is co-owner of Mulholland Distilling, a portfolio of premium spirits reflecting the vibrant, rich culture of Los Angeles and one of the first spirits companies from the city of Los Angeles since prohibition. Its namesake William Mulholland was the visionary who expanded the boundaries and possibilities of L.A. by bringing water to the desert town. Now, Mulholland Distilling is bringing a different kind of water to the city, the water of life. American Whiskey. Vodka. Gin. “The Spirit of Los Angeles.” With a mission to create artisanal spirits inspired by the diversity and verve of Los Angeles, the brand has worked with top distillers, blenders and mixologists across the nation to bring only the best to the City of Angels (www.mulhollanddistilling.com).
Goggins enjoys traveling the world and has spent time in Namibia, Mozambique, South Africa, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Central America, Morocco and India. He is an avid photographer and has captured many of his journeys on film.
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