Who is Michael Raymond-James?

Michael Weverstad, better known as Michael Raymond-James, was born on 24 December 1977 under the zodiac sign of Capricorn, in Detroit, Michigan USA. He is a 43-year-old actor, probably best recognized for landing the role of René Lenier in the HBO fantasy horror drama series “True Blood” (2008-2011), playing Neal Cassidy/Baelfire in the ABC fantasy adventure series “Once Upon A Time” (2012-2016), and featuring as Mitch London in the CBS All Access psychological thriller series “Tell Me A Story” (2018).

How rich is he, as of now? Michael Raymond-James Net Worth

As of mid-2021, Michael Raymond-James’ net worth is estimated at over $8 million, earned through his successful career as a professional actor, working on more than 50 television and film titles since he launched his career back in 2000.

Early Life, Parents, Siblings, Nationality, Ethnicity, Educational Background

Michael Raymond-James spent his early years in his hometown of Detroit, where he was raised by his parents; however, there is no information about their names and professions, and it’is also unknown whether he has siblings or is an only child. He holds American nationality and belongs to White Caucasian ethnic group.

Regarding his education, Michael attended Clarkston High School,from which he matriculated in 1996, where he was a football and track standout. He later studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York.

Career Beginnings

Michael Raymond-James began his acting career performing on stage in New York. One of his first appearances was in the Pantheon Theater production of “The Petrified Forest”, after which he moved to Los Angeles, California to work on film and television. He made his debut feature film appearance as Dill in the drama “Minor Blues” in 2000, while his television debut was in a guest role as Greg in an episode of the HBO Max comedy-drama series “Hacks” in 2002.

Michael Raymond-James

He continued to land small parts in numerous TV series, such as “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, “Boston Legal”, and “ER” among many others. In 2006, Michael took the role of Gill in Craig Brewer’s black comedy-drama film “Black Snake Moan”, co-starring Samuel L. Jackson, Justin Timberlake and Christina Ricci, followed by his portrayal of Tommy Doyle in the 2007 made-for-TV crime drama film “The Line-Up”.

Rise to Prominence

Michael landed his breakthrough role when he joined the cast of the HBO fantasy horror drama series “True Blood”, in which he played René Lenier from 2008 to 2011.

Created by Alan Ball and based on Charlaine Harris’ series of novels entitled “The Southern Vampire Mysteries”, the series received positive reviews and won several accolades. Concurrently, he had the part of Freeman in the romantic mystery film “The Twenty”, and portrayed Tommy ‘Babyface’ Leone in the made-for-TV drama film “Last Of The Ninth”, both in 2009.

In the following year, he was cast in the main role of Britt Pollack in the FX crime comedy-drama series “Terrier”., but the series was canceled after a single season even though it was critically praised. He then played Ronnie in the comedy film “Darnell Dawkins: Mouth Guitar Legend”, alongside Ross Patterson and Curtis Armstrong, also in 2010.

Continued Success

In 2012, Michael Raymond-James landed the role of Linsky in Christopher McQuarrie’s action thriller film “Jack Reacher”, next to Tom Cruise and Rosamund Pike, which was a huge commercial success, grossing over $218 million against the budget of $60 million. His next major role came later that year, when he was chosen to play Neal Cassidy/Baelfire in the ABC fantasy adventure series “Once Upon A Time” from 2012 to 2016, which received generally positive reviews. Concurrently, he also starred as Irish in Jason Momoa’s thriller film “Road To Paloma” and played Paul Delarue in the Western film “The Salvation”, next to Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Eva Green, both in 2014.

It was followed by his portrayals of Paul Revere in the History Channel drama miniseries “Sons Of Liberty” (2015), and D.A. Brown in the action thriller film “The Finest Hours” (2016). During the same year, he took the main role of Gil Harris in the NBC crime drama series “Game Of Silence” but the series was canceled after one season.

Further Work

Michael’s next major role came in 2017, when he portrayed Carter in the action comedy film “Carter & June”, after which he had a guest part as Ben Faulkner / Willie in the drama TV series “Bronzeville” in 2017. It was followed in 2018 by his starring as Fortunato in the third season of the historical drama TV series “Frontier”, released on Discovery Channel and Netflix.

During the same year, he was cast as Mitch Longo in the psychological thriller TV anthology series “Tell Me A Story”, alongside Paul Wesley and Danielle Campbell; the series was created by Kevin Williamson and broadcast on CBS All Access. In 2019, he featured as Michael Cimino in the made-for-TV drama film “Gone Hollywood”, written and directed by Ted Griffin.

During 2019 and 2020, Michael had the recurring role of Paul Lazar in the Fox procedural drama series “Prodigal Son”, and played Jackie Connerty in the Showtime drama series “Billions”. Most recently, in 2021 he was chosen to play Blake Kleinsasser in the ABC crime thriller series “Big Sky”.

Speaking about his upcoming projects, it’s announced that he will appear in the action thriller film “Sweet Girl”, and will play Gabe in William Sullivan’s film “American Insurrection”.

He will also take a part in the drama film “The Integrity Of Joseph Chambers”, written and directed by Robert Machoian.

Appearance and Vital Statistics

Michael Raymond-James has short light brown hair and blue eyes. He stands at a height of 5ft 9ins (1.75m), while his weight is around 148lbs (67kgs). Information about his vital statistics, biceps size, and shoe size isn’t available. He’s a fan of tattoos, and over his heart has inked the Hawaiian word ‘Ohaha’, which means family.

Personal Life

Michael Raymond-James manages to keep all the details about his personal life far away from the eye of the public. Many people wonder if he is married, but he’s never even been spotted with any woman, or indeed man, so his current relationship status is a mystery. Either he hides his better half very well, or he’s single at the moment. He resides in Los Angeles, California.

Author

Robbie is currently a reporter for TheBiography based in Santa Monica, CA. Prior to joining TheBiography in December 2020, he was an entertainment reporter in People.

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