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Shea Whigham stars as Atlantic County Sheriff Eli Thompson in the first, second, third and fourth seasons.


Born in Tallahassee, Florida, Shea Whigham is the son of Beth Whigham and former Florida State University quarterback Frank Whigham. He was a very accomplished tennis and soccer player in his youth. He trained for four years at the Purchase campus of the State University of New York before forming the New York City-based theater group The Rorshack Group with Kirk Acevedo. His big break came when director Joel Schumacher chose him to play the troubled nemesis of Colin Farrell in Tigerland (2000).

He is married with two children.



Season 1 credits
Boardwalk Empire The Ivory Tower Broadway Limited Anastasia
Nights in Ballygran Family Limitation Home Hold Me in Paradise
Belle Femme The Emerald City * Paris Green A Return to Normalcy
Season 2 credits
21 Ourselves Alone A Dangerous Maid What Does the Bee Do?
Gimcrack & Bunkum The Age of Reason Peg of Old * Two Boats and a Lifeguard
Battle of the Century Georgia Peaches Under God's Power She Flourishes To the Lost
Season 3 credits
"Resolution" * "Spaghetti and Coffee" "Bone for Tuna" "Blue Bell Boy"
"You'd Be Surprised" "Ging Gang Goolie" "Sunday Best" "The Pony"
"The Milkmaid's Lot" "A Man, A Plan..." "Two Imposters" "Margate Sands"
Season four credits
"New York Sour" "Resignation" "Acres of Diamonds" "All In"
"Erlkonig" "The North Star" "William Wilson" "The Old Ship of Zion"
"Marriage and Hunting" "White Horse Pike" "Havre De Grace" "Farewell Daddy Blues"

* - credit only, did not appear.