David Ramsey

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David Ramsey
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Ramsey at the 2016 Phoenix Comicon.
Born (1971-11-17) November 17, 1971 (age 44)
Detroit, Michigan, USA
Occupation Actor/Lord and Savior
Years active 1987–present

David Ramsey (born November 17, 1971) is an American actor, best known for his roles in the Showtime TV series Dexter as Anton Briggs, the film Mother and Child (2009) as Joseph, and the CW show Arrow as John Diggle.

Life and career[edit]

Ramsey was born in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from Wayne State University. From 1997 to 1998, he starred in the UPN sitcom Good News, as pastor David Randolph. In 2000, he starred as Muhammad Ali in the Fox television movie Ali: An American Hero. That year, he appeared in Pay It Forward and started a recurring role in For Your Love. In 2001, he starred as Vince Lee in the South African comedy film "Mr Bones". He has also starred in recurring roles in All of Us, The West Wing, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Ghost Whisperer, Wildfire, and Hollywood Residential. In 2008 to 2009, he appeared in 17 episodes of Dexter as Anton Briggs, a pot-smoking confidential informant who has an affair with Debra Morgan in Season 3 and at the start of Season 4. In 2010, he appeared in an episode of Grey's Anatomy and in the short-lived NBC courtroom drama series Outlaw.[1] In 2012, he has been pulling double duty, appearing in the main cast of CW's superhero show Arrow, as John Diggle, a military veteran who is Oliver's partner, confidant, and bodyguard, while also starring in the TV series Blue Bloods as Mayor Carter Poole.

Ramsey is an accomplished martial artist, with a black belt in jeet kune do. He has also studied boxing and tae kwon do, and trained in kickboxing under Benny "Jet" Urquidez.[2]



Year Title Role Notes
1987 Scared Stiff George Masterson
1996 The Nutty Professor Student
A Very Brady Sequel Brent, the Lifeguard
1997 Con Air Londell
1998 A Short Wait Between Trains Jenkins
1999 Three to Tango Bill
2000 Pay It Forward Sidney Parker
2001 Mr. Bones Vince Lee
2004 Hair Show Cliff
2005 Resurrection: The J.R. Richard Story J.R. Richard Produced by Benjamin O. Jimerson-Phillips[3][4]
Bathsheba King David
2007 The Death and Life of Bobby Z Wayne
2008 The Coverup Bill Daily
2009 The Rub Cam Stewart
Mother and Child Joseph
2014 Draft Day Thompson
2015 Accidental Love Rep. Bill Harshtone


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Murder One Reporter #3 Episode: "Chapter Two"
1996 Deutschlandlied George Television miniseries
Space: Above and Beyond Supervisor Episode: "The Angriest Angel"
Her Costly Affair Shep Walker Television movie
1997–98 Good News Pastor David Randolph Main cast (22 episodes)
1998 CHiPs '99 Officer Sergeant McFall Television movie
Mama Flora's Family Booker Palmer (Adult) Television movie
1999 Mutiny Vernon Nettles Television movie
2000 Ali: An American Hero Muhammad Ali Television movie
2000–01 For Your Love Brian 4 episodes
2001 Girlfriends Randall Episode: "Mom's the Word"
Thieves Agent Victor Episode: "The Long Con"
2002 For the People Episode: "To DNA or Not to DNA"
Romeo Fire Television movie
The Guardian Debord's Lawyer Episode: "No Good Deed"
2002–03 One on One Jayden Episodes: "Everybody Loves Whom?", "It's a Miserable Life"
2003 The Flannerys Sam Gable Television movie
Strong Medicine Jake Cortese Episode: "Breathing Lessons"
NCIS Special Agent Richard Owens Episode: "The Curse"
2004 Crossing Jordan Agent Scannell Episode: "Is That Plutonium in Your Pocket, or Are You Just Happy to See Me?"
CSI: Miami Officer Everhart Episode: "Wannabe"
Charmed Upper Level Demon Episode: "Witch Wars"
Second Time Around Travis Byrd Episode: "A Kiss Is Still a Kiss"
2005 Central Booking Troy Stonebreaker Television movie
Huff Clay 3 episodes
All of Us Rusty Recurring cast (6 episodes)
Jane Doe: The Wrong Face Mac Television movie
2005–08 Ghost Whisperer Will 4 episodes
2006 Hello Sister, Goodbye Life Uncle Dennis Klein Television movie
The West Wing Teddy - Santos's Turnout Briefer Episodes: "Welcome to Wherever You Are", "Election Day: Part 1"
Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America Curtis Ansen Television movie
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Gerald Crowley Episode: "Burn Out"
2007 Criminal Minds Wakeland Episode: "Fear and Loathing"
Journeyman Det. Wilson Hargreaves Episode: "The Legend of Dylan McCleen"
2008 Hollywood Residential Don Merritt Main cast (8 episodes)
Wildfire Dr. Noah Gleason Recurring cast (8 episodes)
2008–09 Dexter Anton Briggs Recurring cast (17 episodes)
Nominated: Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2009 Castle Jim Wheeler Episode: "Fool Me Once..."
2010 Grey's Anatomy Jimmy Thompson Episode: "Sympathy for the Parents"
Outlaw Al Druzinsky Main cast (8 episodes)
2011–present Blue Bloods Mayor Carter Poole Recurring cast (19 episodes)
2012–present Arrow John Diggle/Spartan Main Cast
2014–present The Flash John Diggle/Spartan 3 episodes


  1. ^ "NBC Unveils 2010-2011 Primetime Schedule Accented by Five New Comedies, Seven New Dramas, and New Alternative Program". The Futon Critic. May 16, 2010. Retrieved May 28, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Male Celebs Who Practice Martial Arts", Jet, Sept. 24, 2001, at p. 40.
  3. ^ "Greg Carter Resurrects a Baseball Hero". BLT News. 2013. p. 1. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Shooting Star". Houston Press. September 2, 2004. p. 1. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 

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