Dec. 24th, 1977
Detroit, Michigan USA
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Michael Raymond-James (born Michael Weverstad; December 24, 1977) is an American actor. He is best known for playing René Lenier in the first season of HBO's series True Blood, Britt Pollack on FX's series Terriers and Neal Cassidy in Once Upon a Time.
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 'Justin Timberlake's' best friend 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 Partick' 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 currently stars in Once Upon a Time as Neal/Baelfire, who is Henry's father as well as Rumpelstiltskin's son.