Michael Raymond-James
Michael Raymond-James 2013
General Information
Gender: Male
Nicknames: Mikey Ray
Birthday: December 24, 1977
Age: 40
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Social Networks: Twitter
Other Information
Height: 5'8"
Occupation(s): Actor
Education: Clarkston High School
Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York
Talents: Acting
Series Information
Character: Neal Cassidy / Mysterious Man
First appearance: Broken
Last appearance: Souls of the Departed

Michael Raymond-James (born Michael Weverstad) is an American actor. He is best known for playing René Lenier in the first season of the HBO series True Blood, Britt Pollack on the FX series Terriers, and Neal Cassidy/Baelfire on the ABC series Once Upon a Time.

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Life and career

Raymond-James was born in Detroit, Michigan, and graduated Clarkston High School in 1996, where he was a football and track standout. He started out doing theater and studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York, with George Loros, Geoffrey Horne and Robert Castle. Following several stage appearances in New York, including 'The Petrified Forest' at the Pantheon Theater, he relocated to Los Angeles.

He has guest starred in such series as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, NCIS, Medium, Boston Legal, ER and the season two premiere of Lie to Me. He starred in the FX original series Terriers which was canceled by FX on December 6, 2010 after the first season.

In his feature debut Raymond-James played the best friend of Justin Timberlake's character in Black Snake Moan with Christina Ricci and Samuel Jackson. The actor also starred in Jonny Hirschbein's award-winning short film 'The Fix,' working alongside Robert Patrick and David Paymer. His feature-film credits include 'Moonlight Serenade,' starring as a piano prodigy opposite Academy Award Nominee Amy Adams.

In an episode of The Walking Dead titled "Nebraska", Raymond-James played a young man named Dave, who presents a threat to series protagonist Rick Grimes and his group.

He starred in Once Upon a Time as Neal Cassidy/Baelfire, who is Henry's father as well as Rumpelstiltskin's son and is later revealed to be the grandson of Peter Pan.


Year Title Type Role
2000 Minor Blues Dill
2002 Hack TV Series Greg
2003 Line of Fire TV Series Threat
2003 The Handler TV Series Mace
2004 North Shore TV Series Damien Pruitt
2004 - 2009 ER TV Series Stuart Moore / Jordan / Mr. Tunny
2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation TV Series Aaron Colite
2005 The Fix Short Michael
2005 Killer Instinct TV Series
2006 Boston Legal TV Series Kevin Armus
2006 Dusty Road Short Ray
2006 Medium TV Series Travis McQueen
2006 Black Snake Moan Gill
2007 The Line-Up TV Movie Tommy Doyle
2008 - 2011 True Blood TV Series Rene Lenier
2009 Life TV Series Tex Uhry
2009 The Twenty Freeman
2009 Cold Case TV Series John 'Shameless' Clark '76
2009 The Via Monterey Short Brad
2009 Lie to Me TV Series Gavin Howell
2009 Moonlight Serenade Video Jesse
2009 Last of the Ninth TV Movie Tommy 'Babyface' Leone
2009 3 Things Short Michael
2010 Saving Grace TV Series Westy Stevenson
2010 Terriers TV Series Britt Pollack
2010 Darnell Dawkins: Mouth Guitar Legend Ronnie
2011 Boop Short Club Owner (as Mike Raymond James)
2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit TV Series Eddie Skinner
2011 Bowman Short Mickey
2012 The Walking Dead TV Series Dave
2012 Jack Reacher Linsky
2012 Midnight Sun TV Movie Sam Fuller
2012 - 2016 Once Upon a Time TV Series Neal Cassidy / Mysterious Man
2014 Road to Paloma Irish
2014 The Salvation Paul Delarue
2015 Sons of Liberty TV Mini-Series Paul Revere
2015 Michael Raymond-James for Video short
2016 The Finest Hours D.A. Brown
2016 Game of Silence TV Series Gil Harris / Gil
2016 Lethal Weapon TV Series Chad Jackson
2017 Carter & June Carter Jennings
2018 Frontier TV Series Fortunato
2018 Tell Me a Story TV Series Mitch Longo
2019 Gone Hollywood TV Movie Michael Cimino
2019 - 2020 Billions TV Series Jackie Connerty
2019 - 2020 Prodigal Son TV Series Paul Lazar
The Volunteers (post-production) Gabe
Sweet Girl (post-production)
La Brea (pre-production) TV Movie Gavin


  • Hired his own dialect coach for his work in "True Blood".
  • Has the word 'Ohana' (which is Hawaiian for family) tattooed over his heart.
  • Is a lifetime member of The Actors Studio.
  • Was a football and track standout in High School.
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