David Ramsey

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David Ramsey
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Ramsey at the 2014 Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest, for Arrow, at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona
Born (1971-11-17) November 17, 1971 (age 44)
Detroit, Michigan, USA
Occupation Actor
Years active 1987–present
Spouse(s) Briana Ramsey

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, and currently on the hit CW show Arrow as John Diggle.

Life and career[edit]

Ramsey was born in Detroit, Michigan. From 1997 to 1998, he appeared on the UPN sitcom Good News, starring as Pastor David Randolph. In 2000, he starred as Muhammad Ali in the Fox television movie Ali: An American Hero. Later that year, he appeared in Pay It Forward and started a recurring role in For Your Love. 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. He appeared in an episode of Grey's Anatomy in 2010.

Ramsey appeared in the short-lived NBC courtroom drama series Outlaw in 2010,[1] and in 2012 was included in the main cast for CW's superhero show Arrow as John Diggle, an ex-military who is Oliver's partner, confidant and bodyguard. Ramsey has been pulling double duty since 2012, also starring in the TV series Blue Bloods as Mayor Carter Poole at the same time as starring in Arrow.

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


Year Film/Show Role Notes
1987 Scared Stiff George Masterson
1995 Murder One Reporter #3
1996 Deutschlandlied George
Space: Above and Beyond Supervisor
The Nutty Professor Student
A Very Brady Sequel Brent, the Lifeguard
Her Costly Affair Shep Walker
1997 Con Air Londell
1998 A Short Wait Between Trains Jenkins
Good News Pastor David Randolph
CHiPs '99 Officer Sergeant McFall
Mama Flora's Family Booker Palmer (Adult)
1999 Mutiny Vernon Nettles
Three to Tango Bill
2000 Ali: An American Hero Muhammad Ali
Pay It Forward Sidney Parker
For Your Love Brian
2001 Girlfriends Randall
Thieves Agent Victor
Mr. Bones Vince Lee
2002 For the People
Romeo Fire
The Guardian Debord's Lawyer
2002–03 One on One Jayden
2003 The Flannerys
Strong Medicine Jake Cortese
NCIS Special Agent Richard Owens 01:05
2004 Crossing Jordan Agent Scannell
CSI: Miami Officer Everhart
Charmed Upper Level Demon
Hair Show Cliff
Second Time Around Travis Byrd
2005 Central Booking Troy Stonebreaker
Huff Clay
Resurrection: The J.R. Richard Story J.R. Richard Produced by Benjamin O. Jimerson-Phillips[3][4]
All of Us Rusty
Bathsheba King David
Jane Doe: The Wrong Face Mac
2005–08 Ghost Whisperer Will
2006 Hello Sister, Goodbye Life Uncle Dennis Klein
The West Wing Santos's Turnout Briefer
Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America Curtis Ansen
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Gerald Crowley
2007 Criminal Minds Wakeland
The Death and Life of Bobby Z Wayne
Journeyman Det. Wilson Hargreaves
2008 Wildfire Dr. Noah Gleason
Hollywood Residential Don Merritt
The Coverup Bill Daily
2008–09 Dexter Anton Briggs Nominated: Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2009 The Rub Cam Stewart
Mother and Child Joseph
Castle Jim Wheeler
2010 Grey's Anatomy Jimmy Thompson Episode: "Sympathy for the Parents"
Outlaw Al Druzinsky Main cast
2011–present Blue Bloods Mayor Carter Poole Recurring cast
2012–present Arrow John Diggle Main cast
2014 Draft Day Thompson
The Flash John Diggle Episode:


  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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