Walton Goggins
Promotional picture of Goggins
Character(s) Shane Vendrell
Date of Birth November 10, 1971
Origin Birmingham, Alabama, USA
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Walton Sanders Goggins, Jr. (born November 10, 1971) played Detective Shane Vendrell on The Shield, and voiced the same character in The Shield: The Game.

Biography Edit

Goggins was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and raised in Lithia Springs, Georgia. He married Leanne on 2001. In November 12, 2004, his wife committed suicide by jumping from a building in New York. She was suffering from depression at the time.

Prior to his role on the FX show, he had supporting roles in films such as Major League: Back to the Minors (with Kenneth Johnson) and Shanghai Noon. He followed up his post-first season roles with bit roles in films such as The Bourne Identity and House of 1000 Corpses. Post-show roles included supporting work in films such as Fragments (with Forest Whitaker), Miracle at St. Anna, Predators, Cowboys & Aliens, Lincoln, Django Unchained, the corrupt police drama Officer Down and American Ultra. Goggins also later had recurring roles on the FX shows "Justified", "Sons of Anarchy" and HBO's "Vice Principals".

Role on The Shield Edit

FX didn't want to hire Goggins as a regular cast member. In order to convince the network executives to hire him, the creators rewrote the episodes "Our Gang" and "The Spread" to showcase Goggins' acting abilities. The plan worked and FX decided to hire him as a full-time cast member. However, due to the delays in finalizing the contract, the character of Shane Vendrell was written out of three episodes: "Dawg Days", "Throwaway", "Cherrypoppers". In these cases, the character of Vic Mackey was partnered with someone else like Curtis Lemansky or Detectives Wyms and Wagenbach.

Selected filmography Edit

  • The Hateful Eight (2015)
  • American Ultra (2015)
  • Machete Kills (2013)
  • Django Unchained (2012)
  • Predators (2010)
  • Miracle at St. Anna (2008)
  • House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
  • The Bourne Identity (2002)
  • Joy Ride (2001/I)
  • Shanghai Noon (2000)
  • The Crow: Salvation (2000)
  • Major League: Back to the Minors (1998)
  • Switchback (1997)
  • The Apostle (1997)
  • The Next Karate Kid (1994)
  • For Love and Glory (1993)
  • Forever Young (1992)
  • Mr. Saturday Night (1992)
  • Murder in Mississippi (1990)

Television appearances Edit

  • Justified (2010-2015)
  • Sons of Anarchy (2012-2014)
  • CSI: Miami (2009)
  • The Shield (2002-2008)
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2007)
  • NYPD Blue (1998)
  • JAG (1995)
  • Renegade (1993)
  • In the Heat of the Night (1989-1992)
  • Beverly Hills, 90210 (1992)

The Shield related appearances Edit

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