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      James Ransone

      James Ransone

      Highest Rated: 96% Tangerine (2015)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Jun 2, 1979

      Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

      James Ransone's life reads like a more adult Lifetime movie-of-the-week, or a slightly older version of Jim Carroll's "The Basketball Diaries." A sensitive, creative kid from Baltimore, Ransone (who goes by the nickname PJ) played in several Fugazi-inspired punk bands and started acting with early roles in indie films such as the sci-fi musical "The American Astronaut" (2001) and Harmony Korine's controversial "Ken Park" (2002). Ransone's intense demeanor, wiry energy and native Bawl'more accent led to his casting as the hot-headed Ziggy Sobotka in the second season of "The Wire" (HBO, 2002-08). After leaving the critically-acclaimed but low-rated series, he landed supporting roles as a dirt-obsessed sex addict in John Waters' "A Dirty Shame" (2004) and a desperate criminal in Spike Lee's "Inside Man" (2006). Although Ransone's professional career was on an upward trajectory, personally his life was going down the drain; he developed a sizable heroin addiction after moving to New York City, and eventually realized the only way to quit would be to do something even crazier. So he teamed up with David Simon and Ed Burns, creator and head writer of "The Wire," respectively, and moved to Namibia for eight months to make "Generation Kill" (HBO, 2008), a mini-series based on a Rolling Stone reporter's firsthand account of the 2003 American invasion of Iraq. His next few roles were considerably less dangerous, but no less compelling; among them were a tattooed farmer/fashion designer in HBO's "How To Make It in America" (2010-2011), and a stoner NYC transplant in Simon's "Treme" (HBO, 2010-13). With back-to-back roles in the semi-autobiographical "Red Hook Summer" (2012) and "Oldboy" (2013), the no-B.S. actor officially became a member of the Spike Lee Players. Ransone is all cleaned up, dressed up, and ready to go.

      Highest rated movies

      Tangerine poster
      Starlet poster
      The Black Phone poster The Black Phone In a Valley of Violence poster In a Valley of Violence Gemini poster Gemini Freakonomics poster
      It Happened in L.A. poster
      It Happened in L.A.
      What We Found poster What We Found




      83% 88% The Black Phone Max (Character) $89.9M 2021
      63% 71% What We Found Steven (Character) $6.8K 2020
      62% 78% It: Chapter Two Eddie Kaspbrak (Character) $211.6M 2019
      43% 38% Captive State Patrick Ellison (Character) $5.9M 2019
      38% No Score Yet Write When You Get Work Steven Noble (Character) - 2018
      No Score Yet 8% Family Blood Christopher (Character) - 2018
      71% 41% Gemini Stan (Character) $123.5K 2017
      65% 69% It Happened in L.A. Heath (Character) - 2017
      77% 51% In a Valley of Violence Gilly (Character) $50.4K 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bloomin Mud Shuffle Lonnie (Character) - 2015
      44% 57% Mr. Right Von Cartigan (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet 79% The Timber Wyatt (Character) - 2015
      14% 31% Sinister 2 Ex-Deputy So & So (Character) $27.7M 2015
      96% 76% Tangerine Chester (Character) $701.8K 2015
      No Score Yet 41% Kristy Scott (Character) - 2014
      39% 37% Oldboy Dr. Tom Melby (Character) $2.2M 2013
      No Score Yet 24% Empire State Agent Nugent (Character) - 2013
      28% 40% Broken City Todd Lancaster (Character) $19.7M 2013
      87% 69% Starlet Mikey (Character) $86.2K 2012
      63% 62% Sinister Deputy (Character) $48.1M 2012
      58% 34% Red Hook Summer Kevin (Character) $334.7K 2012
      66% 51% Freakonomics Unknown (Character) $100.7K 2010
      0% 50% The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll Chip Genson (Character) - 2009
      9% 38% Prom Night Det. Nash (Character) $43.8M 2008
      No Score Yet 46% The Good Humor Man Junebug (Character) - 2004
      46% 54% Ken Park Tate (Character) - 2002
      63% 89% The American Astronaut Bodysuit (Character) $37.5K 2001


      No Score Yet 86% SEAL Team Reiss Julian (Guest Star) 2020
      85% 50% 50 States of Fright Sebastian (Character) 2020
      No Score Yet 87% Conan Guest 2019
      66% 76% The First Nick Fletcher (Character) 2018
      79% 57% Mosaic Michael O'Connor (Character) 2018
      41% 63% Low Winter Sun Damon Callis (Character) 2013
      97% 86% Treme Nick (Guest Star) 2011-2012
      No Score Yet 71% Hawaii Five-0 Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
      88% 95% Burn Notice Dennis Wayne Barfield (Guest Star) 2010
      86% 95% Generation Kill Unknown (Character) 2008
      54% 81% Jericho Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
      No Score Yet 96% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
      85% No Score Yet Love Monkey Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
      No Score Yet 82% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Zack Capola (Guest Star) 2005
      94% 96% The Wire Chester "Ziggy" Sobotka (Character) 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ed Unknown (Guest Star) 2002