James Finley Ransone III
June 2, 1979
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
James Finley Ransone III (born June 2, 1979) is an American actor and musician. He is known for his roles as Ziggy Sobotka in the second season of the drama series The Wire, United States Marine Corps Cpl. Josh Ray Person in the war drama miniseries Generation Kill, The Deputy in the supernatural horror films Sinister (2012) and Sinister 2 (2015), and the adult Eddie Kaspbrak in It Chapter Two.
Ransone was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Joyce (née Peterson) and James Finley Ransone II, a Vietnam War veteran. He was educated at the George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Baltimore and attended the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan for one year.
In 2002, Ransone co-starred in the Harmony Korine drama film Ken Park as Tate. By the age of 27, Ransone had developed a heroin addiction and a debt of $30,000, but radically altered his lifestyle by moving to Namibia for eight months, undergoing immersion into his role as Cpl. Josh Ray Person in the miniseries Generation Kill.
In 2010, he was cast in a recurring role in the HBO comedy series How to Make It in America, and the following year, appeared in a recurring role in the HBO drama series Treme. In 2012, he starred in the drama film Starlet. The following year, he starred in the AMC drama series Low Winter Sun as Damon Callis.
Ransone then starred in the 2012 horror film Sinister in the supporting role of Deputy So-and-So. In June 2014, Ransone joined the cast of the Western film In a Valley of Violence. In Fall 2014, Ransone starred in Small Engine Repair off-Broadway. In 2015, he had a co-starring role in the comedy-drama film Tangerine. Following the success of Sinister, Ransone appeared in the 2015 sequel Sinister 2, reprising his role from the first film but now as the main character. In 2016, Ransone starred in the drama series Bosch as Eddie Arceneaux. In 2019, Ransone played Eddie Kaspbrak (sharing the role with Jack Dylan Grazer) in the horror film It Chapter Two, for which he received critical praise.
|2001||The American Astronaut||Bodysuit|
|2003||Fan Mail||Ricky||Short film|
|2004||A Dirty Shame||Dingy Dave|
|Downtown: A Street Tale||Billy|
|2005||The Good Humor Man||Junebug|
|2006||Inside Man||Darius Peltz / Steve-O|
|Directions: The Plans Video Album||Segment: "What Sarah Said"|
|Puccini for Beginners||Lone Guy at Bistro|
|2008||Prom Night||Detective Nash|
|2009||The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll||Chip Genson|
|2010||The Next Three Days||Harv|
|The Son of No One||Thomas Prudenti|
|Starlet||Mikey||Robert Altman Award for Best Ensemble Cast|
|Red Hook Summer||Kevin|
|2013||Broken City||Todd Lancaster|
|Empire State||Agent Nugent|
|The Man Who Came Out Only at Night||Short film|
|Oldboy||Dr. Tom Melby|
|Year of the Rat||Guy||Short film|
|2014||Electric Slide||Jan Phillips|
|False True Love||Video short|
|This American Life: One Night Only at BAM||David||Video|
|Fruits De Mer||George||Short film|
|Bloomin Mud Shuffle||Lonnie|
|Sinister 2||Ex-Deputy So-and-So|
|Mr. Right||Von Cartigan|
|Conventional||Stu Mac 3||Short film|
|2016||In a Valley of Violence||Deputy Gilly Martin|
|Light Up the Night||Joe|
|2017||It Happened in L.A.||Heath|
|The Clapper||Darth Guy|
|Cabiria, Charity, Chastity||Anthony the Strongman||Video short|
|Write When You Get Work||Steven Noble|
|Tough Love||Man||Short film|
|2019||Captive State||Patrick Ellison|
|It Chapter Two||Eddie Kaspbrak||Shared role with Jack Dylan Grazer|
|2020||What We Found||Steve Mohler|
|TBA||The Black Phone||Max||Filming|
|2001||Law & Order||Mark Dale||Episode: "Deep Vote"|
|2002||Third Watch||Frankie||2 episodes|
|Ed||Gary Morton||Episode: "Power of the Person"|
|2003||The Wire||Ziggy Sobotka||12 episodes|
|2005||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Zack Capola||Episode: "Iced"|
|2006||Love Monkey||Glenn||Episode: "The Window"|
|Law & Order||Michael Wayland||Episode: "Fame"|
|2008||Generation Kill||Cpl. Josh Ray Person||Miniseries; 7 episodes|
|2010||How to Make It in America||Tim||7 episodes|
|Burn Notice||Dennis Wayne Barfield||Episode: "Eyes Open"|
|2011||Hawaii Five-0||Johnny D. / Perry Hutchinson||Episode: "Ne Me'e Laua Na Paio"|
|2013||Low Winter Sun||Damon Callis||Main cast|
|2016||Bosch||Eddie Arceneaux||8 episodes|
|2018||Mosaic||Michael O'Connor||6 episodes|
|The First||Nick Fletcher||Main cast|
|Deadwax||Scotty||Episode: "Part One"|
|2020||50 States of Fright||Sebastian Klepner||2 episodes|
|SEAL Team||Reiss Julian||5 episodes|
|2013||Small Engine Repair||Packie||Lucille Lortel Theatre||MCC Theatre|
- Alvarez, Rafael; Simon, David (2009). The Wire: Truth Be Told. Canongate Books. ISBN 978-1-84767-598-9.
- Hooley, Danny (August 1, 2008). "TV Eye: Actor James Ransone on 'Generation Kill'". The News & Observer. Archived from the original on February 23, 2011.
- Robinson, John (September 26, 2009). "Killing yourself to live". The Guardian.
- Sapienza, Ethan (October 19, 2016). "Baltimore's Son". Interview.
- Barshad, Amos (July 14, 2015). "From Ziggy to Stardust: How James Ransone Shed His Iconic 'Wire' Character and Broke Out". Grantland.
- McCarthy, Todd (September 5, 2002). "Review: 'Ken Park'". Variety.
- "James Ransone: From 115 lb. Heroin Addict to Indie Hero". WordPress. December 2, 2009.
- Kroll, Justin (November 17, 2010). "Ransone answers 'Treme's' siren call". Variety.
- DeFore, John (March 17, 2012). "Starlet: SXSW Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 24, 2012.
- Ausiello, Michael (August 14, 2012). "Pilot Scoop: Jericho's Lennie James Joins AMC Drama Pilot Low Winter Sun". TVLine.
- Yamato, Jen (June 3, 2014). "James Ransone Joins Blumhouse Western 'In A Valley Of Violence'". Deadline Hollywood.
- Yamato, Jen (June 19, 2014). "'Starlet's Sean Baker Sets 'Tangerine' With The Duplass Brothers Exec Producing". Deadline Hollywood.
- Yamato, Jen (August 13, 2014). "'Sinister 2' Sets Shannyn Sossamon & James Ransone As Leads". Deadline Hollywood.