Michael Raymond-James

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Michael Raymond-James
Born Michael Weverstad
(1977-12-24) December 24, 1977 (age 36)
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Residence Los Angeles, California,
Manhattan, New York and
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Nationality American
Occupation Actor

Michael Raymond-James (born Michael Weverstad; December 24, 1977) is an American actor. He is best known for playing René Lenier in the first season of HBO's series True Blood, Britt Pollack on FX's series Terriers and Neal Cassidy in Once Upon a Time.

Life and career[edit]

Raymond-James was born in Detroit, Michigan, and graduated Clarkston High School in 1996, where he was a football and track standout. He started out doing theater and studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York, with George Loros, Geoffrey Horne and Robert Castle.[1] Following several stage appearances in New York, including 'The Petrified Forest' at the Pantheon Theater, he relocated to Los Angeles.

He has guest starred in such series as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, NCIS, Medium, Boston Legal, ER and the season two premiere of Lie to Me. He starred in the FX original series Terriers which was canceled by FX on December 6, 2010 after the first season.

In his feature debut Raymond-James played the best friend of Justin Timberlake's character in Black Snake Moan with Christina Ricci and Samuel Jackson. The actor also starred in Jonny Hirschbein's award-winning short film 'The Fix,' working alongside Robert Patrick and David Paymer. His feature-film credits include 'Moonlight Serenade,' starring as a piano prodigy opposite Academy Award Nominee Amy Adams.

In an episode of The Walking Dead titled "Nebraska", Raymond-James played a young man named Dave, who presents a threat to series protagonist Rick Grimes and his group.

He starred in Once Upon a Time as Neal Cassidy/Baelfire, who is Henry's father as well as Rumpelstiltskin's son and is later revealed to be the grandson of Malcolm/Peter Pan/Pied Piper.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Minor Blues Dill
2006 Black Snake Moan Gill
2009 Last of the Ninth Tommy 'Babyface' Leone Television film
2010 The Twenty Unknown
2011 Bowman Mickey Short film
2012 Jack Reacher Linsky
2013 Road to Paloma Irish
2014 The Salvation Paul
2014 Sons of Liberty Paul Revere Pre-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Line of Fire Threat Episode: "Take the Money and Run"
2003 The Handler Mace Episode: "Off the Edge"
2004 ER Mr. Tunny Episode: "Try Carter"
2004 North Shore Damien Pruitt Episode: "Meteor Shower"
2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Aaron Colite Episode: "Unbearable"
2006 Boston Legal Kevin Armus Episode: "Ivan the Incorrigible"
2006 Medium Travis McQueen Episode: "Ghost in the Machine"
2008–2011 True Blood Rene Leiner 14 episodes
2009 ER Jordan Episode: "Dream Runner"
2009 ER Stuart Moore Episode: "The Family Man"
2009 Cold Case John 'Shameless' Clark '76 Episode: "Jackals"
2009 Lie to Me Gavin Howell Episode: "The Core of It"
2010 Saving Grace Westy Stevenson Episode: "Hear the Birds?"
2010 Terriers Britt Pollack 13 episodes
2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Eddie Skinner Episode: "Smoked"
2012 The Walking Dead Dave 2 episodes
2012–2014 Once Upon a Time Neal Cassidy 24 episodes

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