Michael Raymond-James 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.
He was born as Michael Weverstad on December 24, 1977, 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.
Michael Raymond 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 Michael Raymond 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.
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