Walton Goggins is an Emmy®-nominee for his pivotal role as ‘Boyd Crowder’ on FX's Peabody Award-winning Drama series, Justified. He was also nominated by The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) for their inaugural Critics’ Choice Television Awards, in the category of “Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.”
Goggins currently has a stellar role in the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained, playing the ultimate Bad Guy and nemesis to Jamie Foxx's slave-turned-bounty hunter 'Django' and the vicious underling of Leonardo DiCaprio's brutal Mississippi plantation owner 'Calvin Candie.' Goggins had already been cast in the film, and he ended up assuming the 'Ace Woody' role that was first to be played by Kevin Costner, then Kurt Russell. The Weinstein Co. will release on Christmas Day '12.
In stark contrast to his role in Django Unchained, Walton plays the diametrically opposed Ohio Congressman ‘Clay Hawkins,’ a progressive Democrat who ultimately goes against his party and votes in favor of the Thirteenth Amendment to abolish slavery in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. The historical drama focuses on the political collision of Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day Lewis) and the powerful men of his cabinet on the road to abolition and the end of the Civil War. The stellar ensemble cast also includes Sally Field, David Strathairn, Tommy Lee Jones, Hal Halbrook, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and James Spader. The DreamWorks Studio produced project was released by Disney on November 9, 2012.
Goggins has also completed production in New Orleans on G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation. The action feature, directed by Jon M. Chu, also stars Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum and Dwayne Johnson. Paramount will release on March 29, 2013.
In Justified, now in production on its fourth season, Goggins' 'Boyd,' is the long time friend, yet ultimate nemesis to 'U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens' (Timothy Olyphant). Jeremy Egner of The New York Times writes, "Olyphant may embody the steely-eyed, white-hatted hero on Justified , but Walton Goggins supplies the show's tortured soul."
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 received an Emmy nomination for his performance in the show’s second season.
He most recently made a riveting, surprise guest-appearance on the highly rated FX drama series, Sons of Anarchy, playing a transgender escort named ‘Venus Van Dam’ (a play on his character Shane’s alias of ‘Cletus Van Damme’ on The Shield) who was hired by ‘Jax’ (Charlie Hunnam) to help blackmail a city councilman with incriminating photos. The role has generated much buzz in Hollywood and, according to Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter (who also wrote on The Shield), is the most disturbing sex scene he has ever written.
Goggins previously garnered much acclaim for his riveting portrayal of 'Detective Shane Vendrell' on FX's gritty, award-winning drama series, The Shield. In 2009 he was personally nominated for a Television Critics Association (TCA) Award in the category of "Individual Achievement in Drama." 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 the fall of 2008, The Shield ended its successful seven-season run, earning the honor 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.
In the summer of 2011, Goggins starred in director Jon Favreau's action feature Cowboys & Aliens, alongside Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford. The story is set in 1873, when a spaceship arrives to take over Earth, starting with the Wild West. All that stands in their way is a posse of cowboys. Goggins also appeared in Rod Lurie's adaptation of the controversial Sam Peckinpaw film Straw Dogs, alongside James Marsden and Kate Bosworth. Screen Gems released.
Previously, Goggins starred in writer/producer Robert Rodriguez's feature Predators, for Twentieth Century Fox. Predators, the sequel to the 1987 blockbuster Predator, revolved around a group of humans who were abducted by creatures known as 'Predators' and set loose on their alien planet to be hunted and killed for sport. Goggins played 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.
Goggins has been working in front of the camera for well over fifteen years, starring in countless television shows and feature films. He had the distinct honor of playing 'Sammy,' Robert Duvall's trustworthy friend, inThe Apostle. Additional film credits include Spike Lee's Miracle at St. Anna, Fragments with Kate Beckinsale and Guy Pierce,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.
Taking his turn behind the camera, Goggins and 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, culminating with the honor of the "Wyatt Award" from the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) and two Independent Spirit Award nominations.
In his limited free time, the busy actor 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. Photographs from his trip to India can be viewed at http://hindutoyoutoo.blogspot.com.