David Ramsey

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David Ramsey
David Ramsey 2013 PF (cropped).jpg
BornDavid Ramsey
(1978-11-17) November 17, 1978 (age 35)
Detroit, Michigan, USA
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Brianna Ramsey
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For the American financial author, see Dave Ramsey.
David Ramsey
David Ramsey 2013 PF (cropped).jpg
BornDavid Ramsey
(1978-11-17) November 17, 1978 (age 35)
Detroit, Michigan, USA
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Brianna Ramsey

David Ramsey (born November 17, 1978) is an American actor, best known for his roles in the Showtime TV series Dexter as Anton Briggs, the film Mother and Child and currently on the hit CW show Arrow as John Diggle.

Life and career[edit]

Ramsey was born in Detroit, Michigan and was the fourth of five children of Jeraldine and Nathaniel Ramsey. After performing in a church play, he started wanting to become an actor and after graduating from Mumford High School, he attended Wayne State University. He had his first role in Scared Stiff but his main career kicked off in 1995 when he started getting small roles in films and television series. He starred in such films as The Nutty Professor, A Very Brady Sequel, Con Air and A Short Wait Between Trains.

From 1997 to 1998, he appeared on the UPN sitcom Good News, starring as Pastor David Randolph. In 2000, he starred as Muhammad Ali in the Fox television movie Ali: An American Hero. Later that year, he appeared in Pay It Forward and started a recurring role in For Your Love. He has also starred in recurring roles in All of Us, The West Wing, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Ghost Whisperer, Wildfire and Hollywood Residential. In 2008 to 2009, he appeared in 17 episodes of Dexter as Anton Briggs, a pot-smoking confidential informant who has an affair with Debra Morgan in Season 3 and at the start of Season 4. He appeared in an episode of Grey's Anatomy in 2010.

Ramsey appeared in the short-lived NBC courtroom drama series Outlaw in 2010,[1] and in 2012 was included in the main cast for CW's superhero show Arrow as John Diggle, an ex-military who is Oliver's partner, in fighting crime, and bodyguard.

Ramsey is an accomplished martial artist. Holding a black belt in jeet kune do, he has also studied boxing and tae kwon do, and has trained in kickboxing under Benny "Jet" Urquidez.[2]


1987Scared StiffGeorge Masterson
1995Murder OneReporter #3
Space: Above and BeyondSupervisor
The Nutty ProfessorStudent
A Very Brady SequelBrent, the Lifeguard
Her Costly AffairShep Walker
1997Con AirLondell
1998A Short Wait Between TrainsJenkins
Good NewsPastor David Randolph
CHiPs '99Officer Sergeant McFall
Mama Flora's FamilyBooker Palmer (Adult)
1999MutinyVernon Nettles
Three to TangoBill
2000Ali: An American HeroMuhammad Ali
Pay It ForwardSidney Parker
For Your LoveBrian
ThievesAgent Victor
Mr. BonesVince Lee
2002For the People
Romeo Fire
The GuardianDebord's Lawyer
2002–2003One on OneJayden
2003The Flannerys
Strong MedicineJake Cortese
Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative ServiceSpecial Agent Richard Owens
2004Crossing JordanAgent Scannell
CSI: MiamiOfficer Everhart
CharmedUpper Level Demon
Hair ShowCliff
Second Time AroundTravis Byrd
2005Central BookingTroy Stonebreaker
Resurrection: The J.R. Richard Story (film)J.R. RichardProduced by Benjamin O. Jimerson-Phillips[3][4]
All of UsRusty
BathshebaKing David
Jane Doe: The Wrong FaceMac
2005–2008Ghost WhispererWill
2006Hello Sister, Goodbye LifeUncle Dennis Klein
The West WingSantos's Turnout Briefer
Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in AmericaCurtis Ansen
CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationGerald Crowley
2007Criminal MindsWakeland
The Death and Life of Bobby ZWayne
JourneymanDet. Wilson Hargreaves
2008WildfireDr. Noah Gleason
Hollywood ResidentialDon Merritt
The CoverupBill Daily
2008–2009DexterAnton BriggsNominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2009The RubCam Stewart
Mother and ChildJoseph
CastleJim Wheeler
2010Grey's AnatomyJimmy ThompsonEpisode: "Sympathy for the Parents"
OutlawAl DruzinskyMain cast


Blue BloodsMayor Carter PooleRecurring Cast


ArrowJohn DiggleMain cast


  1. ^ "NBC Unveils 2010-2011 Primetime Schedule Accented by Five New Comedies, Seven New Dramas, and New Alternative Program". The Futon Critic. May 16, 2010. Retrieved May 28, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Male Celebs Who Practice Martial Arts", Jet, Sept. 24, 2001, at p. 40.
  3. ^ "Greg Carter Resurrects a Baseball Hero". BLT News. 2013. p. 1. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Shooting Star". Houston Press. 2013. p. 1. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 

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