Born on January 5, 1969 in Tallahassee, Florida, Shea Whigham is an actor best known for his roles with Colin Farrell, including the 2000 war flick Tigerland and the 2008 crime-drama Pride and Glory. The son of a lawyer and a school librarian, his family moved to Lake Mary when he was just five years old. He went to Tyler Junior College and soon transferred to the State University of New York at Purchase, where he became part of a small acting program composed of 31 students a graduating class of 8 seniors. After graduation, he joined the New York City theater troupe The Roschach Group with his then roommate Kirk Acevedo, whose roles include Fringe.
In 1997, Whigham landed a spot on the television series Ghost Stories, before figuring in the Colin Farrell starrer Tigerland. His other roles include Submerged, Paradise, All the Real Girls, Out of This World and the television movie Faith of My Fathers. In 2010, he was cast on the HBO series about the Prohibition era called Boardwalk Empire.