James Finley Ransone III (born June 2, 1979) is an American actor. He is best known for his acting roles as Ziggy Sobotka in the second season of HBO's The Wire, as U.S. Marine Corporal Josh Ray Person in the Iraq War-based mini-series Generation Kill, and Tate from Ken Park most notably for his infamous and somewhat controversial scene depicting autoerotic asphyxiation.
Life and career
Ransone was raised in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Joyce (Peterson) and James Finley Ransone II. A former musician, at the age of twenty-seven Ransone had developed a heroin habit and a debt of $30,000, but radically altered his lifestyle in moving to Namibia for eight months, undergoing immersion into his role as Person in Generation Kill. He appears in a small recurring role in the HBO series Treme. In 2011, Ransone and Michael Zegen were cast in recurring roles in the HBO comedy series How to Make It in America. Ransone appeared in the show's pilot episode and a further six episodes after that.
In 2006, Ransone saved his neighbor from being raped, by answering her cries for help, and fighting off her alleged assailant.