Shea Whigham has been acting in film and television since the late 1990’s, but it’s only been in the past couple of years that I’ve really taken notice of him. Whigham graduated from the State University of New York’s small acting program and co-founded the New York City theatre troupe The Rorschach Group. After appearing in an early TV role on Ghost Stories, Whigham landed a starring role alongside Colin Farrell in Tigerland, which boosted his career significantly. He went on to play notable roles in the films All the Real Girls, Lords of Dogtown, Wristcutters: A Love Story (as a fictionalized version of Gogol Bordello frontman Eugene Hutz), Pride and Glory, Splinter, Fast & Furious, The Lincoln Lawyer, and Machete, but where he’s been shining in more recent years is on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire as Eli Thompson, brother to Steve Buscemi’s Nucky Thompson. Whigham plays Eli with a sinister flair, but also with emotional depth, and he’s become quite the antagonist on the show. I look forward to seeing what else Whigham brings to the part. He turns 43 today.