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March 6, 1962 |
Glade Hill, Virginia
Life and career
Ratcliffe was born in Glade Hill, Virginia. He started his career as a detective in the SIU (Special Investigations Unit) for 5 years on the CBS show Nash Bridges with Don Johnson in San Francisco. Since then, he has had many notable television appearances, with a wide variety of roles including doctors, lawyers, cops, his specialty as an auctioneer and announcer, and certainly his strong comedic characters.
He is currently playing Don Foushee on the series Outsiders and has a recurring role as city councilman Jason Tyler on the 7th season of the award-winning and critically acclaimed show Army Wives, Lifetime's number one drama and the number one show on cable with women 18 to 49.
His credits include guest starring on Brothers and Sisters on ABC, guest starring on The Haves and the Have Nots from Tyler Perry, costarring with Jennifer Esposito on the Hallmark movie of the week, The Wish List, playing a White House correspondent on the Emmy-award-winning show House of Cards costarring as an auctioneer on CBS's number one show Person of Interest starring Jim Caviezel, NBC's USA network show White Collar starring Matt Bomer, costarring on Nashville, playing the lead detective, Steve Robel, on The Michael Jackson Trial on E!, a recurring brain surgeon, Dr. David Moss on Untold Stories of the E.R., to such shows as America's Most Wanted, Nip Tuck, Threshold, The Division, The Plot to Kill Nixon, The Heidi Fleiss Story, and many more.
His film roles range from independent to big budget feature films. He stars in The Witches of Oz, recreating the Cowardly Lion role made famous by Bert Lahr in the 1939 classic, The Wizard of Oz as well as costarring in the film The Longest Ride, produced by Marty Bowen and 20th Century Fox, and Loomis Fargo, a Lorne Michaels production with Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig, and Zach Galifianakis. He plays Bobby Rose in the Syfy film Piranha Sharks, Billy Jack in the Penny Dreadful Picture Show and Uncle Clive in the horror film Alice D directed by Jessica Sonneborn, a corrupt secret service agent Jason Vogel in All Fall Down, Mr. Smithers in the comedy Forbidden Fruit, Dr. Dixon in the horror hit, Candy Stripers, stars in 2 films with David Carradine, Brothers in Arms and Dead & Breakfast, the lead in Torture Room, Go For Broke 2 with Glenn Plummer, The 9/11 Commission Report, Dialogues by avant-garde film maker Owen Land, Graceland to Memphis, Elvis Returns, Forbidden Fruit, Pocahauntus, which he also wrote and many, many more. He also produced 4 films in the past 2 years including Forbidden Fruit, Cost of Living, The Deceit, and Go for Broke 2.
His commercial appearances include 6 national campaign commercials for Round Table Pizza, 2 lottery campaigns, a car campaign for Maxon Automotive recreating the "Crazy Eddie" genre, a national campaign for PNC bank, and many others.
He also appeared in the reality series Transamerican Love Story with Calpernia Adams, and the Country Music Group Video of the year, "Every Day", by Rascal Flatts, "Warning" by Green Day, and was chosen America's Most Eligible by Extra in 2007.
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