|Born||James Finley Ransone III
June 2, 1979
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
James Finley Ransone III (born June 2, 1979) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as Ziggy Sobotka in Season 2 of HBO's The Wire, as U.S. Marines Corporal Josh Ray Person in the Iraq War-based mini-series Generation Kill, and Tate from Ken Park, most notably, for his infamous and somewhat controversial scene depicting autoerotic asphyxiation.
Life and career
Ransone was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Joyce (Peterson) and James Finley Ransone II. A former musician, at the age of 27, Ransone had developed a heroin habit and a debt of $30,000, but radically altered his lifestyle by moving to Namibia for eight months, undergoing immersion into his role as Person in Generation Kill. He appeared in a small recurring role in the HBO series Treme. In 2011, Ransone and Michael Zegen were cast in recurring roles in the HBO comedy series How to Make It in America. Ransone appeared in the show's pilot episode, and then a further six episodes.
In 2006, Ransone saved his neighbor from being raped, by answering her cries for help, and fighting off her assailant. He was interviewed in the film Freakonomics as a bystander regarding the issue of ethnicity and names. In 2012, he starred in the film Starlet as Mikey. In June 2014, it was announced that Ransone had joined the cast of Ti West's Western drama film In a Valley of Violence.
|2001||The American Astronaut||Bodysuit|
|2004||A Dirty Shame||Dingy Dave|
|2004||Downtown: A Street Tale||Billy|
|2005||The Good Humor Man||Junebug|
|2006||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|
|2011||Son of No One||Thomas Prudenti|
|2012||Starlet||Mikey||Robert Altman Award for Best Ensemble Cast|
|2012||Red Hook Summer||Kevin|
|2013||Broken City||Todd Lancaster|
|2013||Empire State||Agent Nugent|
|2013||Oldboy||Dr. Tom Melby|
|2014||Electric Slide||Jan Phillips|
|2015||Bloomin Mud Shuffle||Lonnie|
|2015||Sinister 2||Ex-Deputy So-and-So|
|2016||In a Valley of Violence||Gilly||Completed|
|2001||Law & Order||Mark Dale||Episode: "Deep Vote"|
|2002||Third Watch||Frankie||2 episodes|
|2002||Ed||Gary Morton||Episode: "Power of the Person"|
|2003||The Wire||Chester "Ziggy" Sobotka||12 episodes|
|2005||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Zack Coppola||Episode: "Iced"|
|2006||Love Monkey||Glenn||Episode: "The Window"|
|2006||Law & Order||Michael Wayland||Episode: "Fame"|
|2008||Generation Kill||Corporal Josh Ray Person||7 episodes|
|2010||How to Make It in America||Tim||7 episodes|
|2010||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; 10 episodes|
- 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.
- Robinson, John (September 26, 2009). "Killing yourself to live". London: The Guardian.
- McCarthy, Todd (September 5, 2002). "Review: 'Ken Park'". Variety.
- "Charles M. MastinTrucker, fire buffCharles M. Mastin, a...". Baltimore Sun. February 4, 1994.
- "James Ransone: From 115 lb. Heroin Addict to Indie Hero". WordPress. December 2, 2009.
- von Furstenberg, Mui (April 5, 2006). "James 'P.J.' Ransone Becomes A Hero". Socialite Life.
- "James Ransone kicks rapist's ass". The Superficial. April 5, 2006.
- DeFore, John (March 17, 2012). "Starlet: SXSW Review". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved July 24, 2012.
- Yamato, Jen (June 3, 2014). "James Ransone Joins Blumhouse Western 'In A Valley Of Violence'". Deadline.