Walton Goggins is an American actor and filmmaker. He was born on November 10, 1971 in Birmingham, Alabama. He is best known for his roles on the FX Networks series "The Shield" where he portrayed Detective Shane Vendrell from 2002 to the series' conclusion in 2008. This role earned him a nomination in 2009 for a Television Critics Association (TCA) Award in the category of "Individual Achievement in Drama." He is currently starring on "Justified" portraying and Boyd Crowder. For this role he received an Emmy® nomination and two Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) nominations for Best Supporting Actor. Goggins had a recurring role in the fifth and sixth seasons in the FX series Sons of Anarchy, portraying transsexual Diosa escort, Venus Van Dam.
Goggins was married to his grist wife Leanne Goggins from 2001 until her unexpected death by suicide in 2004. In August 2011 he married longtime girlfriend filmmaker Nadia Conners with whom they have a son named Augustus who had been born earlier that year in February. He is an avid photographer, and showcases some of his work on his personal blog. He is an avid traveler, having spent a lot of his free time in countries such as India, Cambodia,Central America, Morocco, Thailand, and Vietnam. He is active in various non-profit organizations that range from environmental to humanitarian work and is a regular at Global Green USAevents. It was through that connection he met his second wife, who directed the documentary "The 11th Hour", about the environmental crisis.
In addition to his acting work, Goggins is also an award winning filmmaker. He has a production company – Ginny Mule Pictures – with his partner Ray McKinnon. Together they have made four films: a short, "The Accountant" (which won the Academy Award in 2001), Chrystal ( entered in the Sundance Dramatic Competition), "Randy and the Mob and That Evening Sun" ( won the South By Southwest Special Jury Prize 2009). He worked with McKinnon on a new television show, "Rectify". Goggins co-produced and starred in the 2001 short film "The Accountant", which won an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. Goggins accepted the award alongside Ray McKinnon and Lisa Blount.