Fast Facts

  • 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


  • Heather Bucha — Wife
  • Buster Williams Whaley — Son
  • Tallulah Josephine Whaley — Daughter
  • Robert Whaley — Brother
  • Robert W. Whaley — Father
  • Josephine Whaley — Mother


  • State University of New York at Albany, Albany, NY (BA in Theater, 1985)

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  • Birth Place: Syracuse, NY
  • Birthday: July 20, 1963, Cancer
  • Profession: Actor, Director, Screenwriter