Born Walton Sanders Goggins, Jr. in Birmingham, Alabama on November 10th, 1971. Walton grew up in a renovated 1880s farmhouse in Lithia Springs, Georgia. When he was 12, he casually walked into the office of an Atlanta casting agent named Shay Griffin and said that he wanted to be an actor. He later graduated from Lithia Springs High School in 1989.
Walton is a critically acclaimed actor (Television Critics Award Nominee for Best Individual Achievement in Drama 2009). He is often referred to by other actors as ‘method man’ because of his intense preparations and his ability to completely lose himself in a role. His much lauded work as Shane Vendrell on The Shield became a showcase for his particular style of realistic acting. He often takes difficult characters and finds their humanity. He was quoted once as saying about playing ‘bad guys’ that he ‘sympathizes and empathizes with the character’s gains and losses’.
Walton 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 (won the Academy Award in 2001), Chrystal (Sundance Dramatic Competition), Randy and the Mob and That Evening Sun (South By Southwest Special Jury Prize 2009). He is currently working with McKinnon on a new television show, Rectify..
In May 2010, Walton was finally promoted to series regular for the 2nd Season of the highly praised, Justified on FX.
On a more personal note, Walton is an avid photographer. He has even showcased some of his work on a online blog that he created when he took time off work and traveled throughout India. He is also an avid traveler.
As far as politics are concerned Walton has been active in the Democratic Party, and in the 2008 presidential election, he campaigned for Senator Barack Obama, going door-to-door in neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles. He is also known to be a fan of the work of former President Jimmy Carter (from his home state of Georgia). He is also active in various non-profit organizations that range from environmental to humanitarian work. He is a regular at GLOBAL GREEN USA events and activities. He connected to environmental issues through his wife, Nadia Conners, who directed the documentary The 11th Hour about the environmental crisis.