James Ransone

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James Ransone
Born James Finley Ransone III
(1979-06-02) June 2, 1979 (age 38)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
  • Actor
  • musician
Years active 2001–present

James Finley Ransone III[1] (born June 2, 1979) is an American actor. He is known for his roles as Ziggy Sobotka in the second season of HBO's crime drama series The Wire, United States Marine Corps Cpl. Josh Ray Person in the war drama miniseries Generation Kill,[2][3] and The Deputy in the supernatural horror films Sinister (2012) and Sinister 2 (2015).

Early life[edit]

Ransone was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland,[4] the son of Joyce (née Peterson) and James Finley Ransone II, a Vietnam War veteran.[5] He was educated at the George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Baltimore, and went on to attend the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan for one year.[5]


In 2002, Ransone co-starred in the Harmony Korine drama film Ken Park as Tate.[6] At the age of 27, Ransone had developed a heroin addiction and a debt of $30,000,[7] but radically altered his lifestyle by moving to Namibia for eight months, undergoing immersion into his role as Cpl. Josh Ray Person in the HBO war drama miniseries Generation Kill.[4]

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.[8] In 2012, he starred in the Sean S. Baker drama film Starlet.[9] The following year, he starred in the AMC drama series Low Winter Sun as Damon Callis.[10]

Ransone then went on to star in the 2012 horror film Sinister in the supporting role of Deputy So-and-So. In June 2014, Ransone joined the cast of Ti West's Western film In a Valley of Violence.[11] In 2015, he had a co-starring role in the comedy-drama film Tangerine, reuniting him with director Sean S. Baker.[12] Following the success of Sinister, Ransone returned to appear in the 2015 sequel Sinister 2, reprising his role from the first film but now as the main character.[13] In 2016, Ransone starred in the Amazon Studios police procedural drama series Bosch as Eddie Arceneaux.

Personal life[edit]

In April 2006, Ransone saved his neighbor from being raped, by answering her cries for help and fighting off her assailant.[14][15]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 The American Astronaut Bodysuit
2002 Ken Park Tate
2003 Nola Neo-Gothboy
2004 A Dirty Shame Dingy Dave
2004 Downtown: A Street Tale Billy
2004 Malachance Mika
2005 The Good Humor Man Junebug
2006 Inside Man Darius Peltz / Steve-O
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 The Lie Weasel
2011 The Son of No One Thomas Prudenti
2012 Sinister Deputy So-and-So
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
2014 Cymbeline Philario
2014 Kristy Scott
2015 Tangerine Chester
2015 The Timber Wyatt
2015 Bloomin Mud Shuffle Lonnie
2015 Sinister 2 Ex-Deputy So-and-So
2015 Mr. Right Von Cartigan
2015 Conventional Stu Mac 3 Short film
2016 In a Valley of Violence Deputy Gilly Martin
2016 Light Up The Night Joe Short Film
2017 It Happened in L.A. Heath
2017 Gemini Stan
2017 The Clapper
2018 Captive State Ellison In post-production


Year Title Role Notes
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 Ziggy Sobotka 12 episodes
2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Zack Capola Episode: "Iced"
2006 Love Monkey Glenn Episode: "The Window"
2006 Law & Order Michael Wayland Episode: "Fame"
2006 Jericho Daryl Episode: "A.K.A."
2008 Generation Kill Cpl. 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 Perry Hutchinson Episode: "Ne Me'e Laua Na Paio"
2011 Treme Nick 10 episodes
2013 Low Winter Sun Damon Callis 10 episodes
2016 Bosch Eddie Arceneaux 8 episodes
2018 Mosaic Michael O'Connor 6 episodes


  1. ^ Alvarez, Rafael; Simon, David (2009). The Wire: Truth Be Told. Canongate Books. ISBN 978 1 84767 598 9. 
  2. ^ Hooley, Danny (August 1, 2008). "TV Eye: Actor James Ransone on 'Generation Kill'". The News & Observer. Archived from the original on February 23, 2011. 
  3. ^ Robinson, John (September 26, 2009). "Killing yourself to live". The Guardian. 
  4. ^ a b Sapienza, Ethan (October 19, 2016). "Baltimore's Son". Interview. 
  5. ^ a b Barshad, Amos (July 14, 2015). "From Ziggy to Stardust: How James Ransone Shed His Iconic 'Wire' Character and Broke Out". Grantland. 
  6. ^ McCarthy, Todd (September 5, 2002). "Review: 'Ken Park'". Variety. 
  7. ^ "James Ransone: From 115 lb. Heroin Addict to Indie Hero". WordPress. December 2, 2009. 
  8. ^ Kroll, Justin (November 17, 2010). "Ransone answers 'Treme's' siren call". Variety. 
  9. ^ DeFore, John (March 17, 2012). "Starlet: SXSW Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 24, 2012. 
  10. ^ Ausiello, Michael (August 14, 2012). "Pilot Scoop: Jericho's Lennie James Joins AMC Drama Pilot Low Winter Sun". TVLine. 
  11. ^ Yamato, Jen (June 3, 2014). "James Ransone Joins Blumhouse Western 'In A Valley Of Violence'". Deadline.com. 
  12. ^ Yamato, Jen (June 19, 2014). "'Starlet's Sean Baker Sets 'Tangerine' With The Duplass Brothers Exec Producing". Deadline.com. 
  13. ^ Yamato, Jen (August 13, 2014). "'Sinister 2' Sets Shannyn Sossamon & James Ransone As Leads". Deadline.com. 
  14. ^ von Furstenberg, Mui (April 5, 2006). "James 'P.J.' Ransone Becomes A Hero". Socialite Life. 
  15. ^ "James Ransone kicks rapist's ass". The Superficial. April 5, 2006. 

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