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 the HBO series True Blood, Britt Pollack on the FX series Terriers, and Neal Cassidy/Baelfire on the ABC series Once Upon a Time.

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.[4] 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[5] 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.[6]

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.[7][8][9]



2000Minor BluesDill
2006Black Snake MoanGill
2010The TwentyUnknown
2011BowmanMickeyShort film
2012Jack ReacherLinsky[10]
2013Road to PalomaIrish
2014The SalvationPaul
2016The Finest HoursD.A. Brown


2003Line of FireThreatEpisode: "Take the Money and Run"
The HandlerMaceEpisode: "Off the Edge"
2004ERMr. TunnyEpisode: "Try Carter"
North ShoreDamien PruittEpisode: "Meteor Shower"
2005CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationAaron ColiteEpisode: "Unbearable"
2006Boston LegalKevin ArmusEpisode: "Ivan the Incorrigible"
MediumTravis McQueenEpisode: "Ghost in the Machine"
2008–2011True BloodRene Leiner14 episodes
2009ERJordanEpisode: "Dream Runner"
ERStuart MooreEpisode: "The Family Man"
Cold CaseJohn "Shameless" Clark '76Episode: "Jackals"
Lie to MeGavin HowellEpisode: "The Core of It"
LifeTexEpisode: "Canyon Flowers"
Last of the NinthTommy "Babyface" LeoneTelevision film
2010Saving GraceWesty StevensonEpisode: "Hear the Birds?"
TerriersBritt Pollack13 episodes
2011Law & Order: Special Victims UnitEddie SkinnerEpisode: "Smoked"
2012The Walking DeadDaveEpisode: "Nebraska"
2015Sons of LibertyPaul Revere[11]TV miniseries
2012–2016Once Upon a TimeNeal Cassidy/Baelfire24 episodes
2016Game of SilenceGil Harris[12]10 Episodes
Lethal WeaponChad JacksonEpisode: "Spilt Milk"