- Founded the band the Niagras with his brother, Robert.
- Began his film career in 1987 as the younger version of Jack Nicholson's character in Ironweed.
- Played a tourist lured into the Russian underworld in 1992's Back in the U.S.S.R., the first U.S. film ever to be shot entirely in Moscow.
- At the 1999 Sundance Film Festival, he won a Walto Salt Screenwriting Award for his film Joe the King, an autobiographical drama about growing up in a poor and troubled upstate New York household during the '70s.
- 1999, Sundance Film Festival — Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: Winner
- Robert Whaley — Brother
- Heather Bucha — Wife
- Buster Williams Whaley — Son
- Robert W. Whaley — Father
- Tallulah Josephine Whaley — Daughter
- Josephine Whaley — Mother
- State University of New York at Albany, Albany, NY (BA in Theater, 1985)
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- Birth Place: Syracuse, NY
- Profession: Actor, Director, Screenwriter
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