|Birthday:||December 24, 1977|
|Birthplace:||Detroit, Michigan, United States|
|Social Networks:|| Twitter|
|Education:|| Clarkston High School|
Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York
|Character:||Neal Cassidy / Mysterious Man|
|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.
|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||Killer Instinct||TV Series|
|2006||Boston Legal||TV Series||Kevin Armus|
|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||Cold Case||TV Series||John 'Shameless' Clark '76|
|2009||The Via Monterey||Short||Brad|
|2009||Lie to Me||TV Series||Gavin Howell|
|2009||Last of the Ninth||TV Movie||Tommy 'Babyface' Leone|
|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|
|2012||The Walking Dead||TV Series||Dave|
|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 BulliesKeepOut.com||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||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.