James Ransone

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James Ransone
Born James Finley Ransone III
(1979-06-02) June 2, 1979 (age 35)
Nationality American
Occupation Actor, musician
Years active 2001–present

James Finley Ransone III[1] (born June 2, 1979) is an American actor. He is best known for his acting roles as Ziggy Sobotka in the second season of HBO's The Wire, as U.S. Marine Corporal Josh Ray Person in the Iraq War-based mini-series Generation Kill,[2][3] and Tate from Ken Park most notably for his infamous and somewhat controversial scene depicting autoerotic asphyxiation.[4]

Life and career[edit]

Ransone was raised in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Joyce (Peterson) and James Finley Ransone II.[1][5] A former musician, at the age of twenty-seven Ransone had developed a heroin habit and a debt of $30,000,[6] but radically altered his lifestyle in moving to Namibia for eight months, undergoing immersion into his role as Person in Generation Kill.[7] He appears in a small recurring role in the HBO series Treme. In 2011, Ransone and Michael Zegen were cast in recurring roles in the HBO comedy series How to Make It in America. Ransone appeared in the show's pilot episode and a further six episodes after that.

In 2006, Ransone saved his neighbor from being raped, by answering her cries for help, and fighting off her assailant.[6][8][9][10] He was interviewed in the film Freakonomics as a bystander regarding the issue of ethnicity and names. In June 2014, it was announced that Ransone had joined the cast of Ti West '​s Western drama film In a Valley of Violence.[11]


Title Year Role Notes
American Astronaut, TheThe American Astronaut 2001 Bodysuit
Ken Park 2002 Tate
Nola 2003 Neo-Gothboy
Dirty Shame, AA Dirty Shame 2004 Dingy Dave
Downtown: A Street Tale Billy
Malachance Mika
The Good Humor Man 2005 Junebug
Inside Man 2006 Steve-O
Puccini for Beginners Lone Guy at Bistro
Prom Night 2008 Detective Nash
Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll, TheThe Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll 2009 Chip Genson
Next Three Days, TheThe Next Three Days 2010 Harv
The Lie 2011 Weasel
Son of No One Thomas Prudenti
Sinister 2012 Deputy So-and-So
Starlet Mikey[12][13] Robert Altman Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Red Hook Summer Kevin
Broken City 2013 Todd Lancaster
Empire State Agent Nugent
The Timber Wyatt
Oldboy Dr. Tom Melby
Electric Slide 2014 Post-production
In a Valley of Violence Gilly Post-production
Sinister 2 2015 Filming
Mr. Right 2016 Filming
Title Year Role Notes
Law & Order 2001 Mark Dale Episode: "Deep Vote"
Third Watch 2002 Frankie 2 episodes
Ed Gary Morton Episode: "Power of the Person"
Wire, TheThe Wire 2003 Ziggy Sobotka 12 episodes
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2005 Zack Coppola Episode: "Iced"
Love Monkey 2006 Glenn Episode: "The Window"
Law & Order Michael Wayland Episode: "Fame"
Jericho Daryl Episode: "A.K.A."
Generation Kill 2008 Corporal Josh Ray Person 7 episodes
How to Make It in America 2010 Tim 7 episodes
Burn Notice Dennis Barfield Episode: "Eyes Open"
Hawaii Five-0 2011 Johnny D. / Perry Hutchinson Episode: "Ne Me'e Laua Na Paio"
Treme Nick 10 episodes
Low Winter Sun 2013 Damon Callis Main cast; 10 episodes


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