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David Ramsey
David Ramsey by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Ramsey at the 2016 Phoenix Comicon.
Born (1971-11-17) November 17, 1971 (age 49)
OccupationActor, Director
Years active1987–present

David Paul Ramsey (born November 17, 1971) is an American actor, director, and martial artist, best known for his roles in the CW series Arrow as John Diggle/Spartan, Anton Briggs on the Showtime TV series Dexter, and the film Mother and Child (2009) as Joseph.

Life and career

Ramsey was born November 17, 1971,[1] in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from Wayne State University. From 1997 to 1998, he starred in the UPN sitcom Good News, as pastor David Randolph. In 2000, he starred as Muhammad Ali in the Fox television movie Ali: An American Hero. That year, he appeared in Pay It Forward and started a recurring role in For Your Love. In 2001, he starred as Vince Lee in the South African comedy film "Mr Bones". He has also starred in recurring roles in All of Us, The West Wing, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Ghost Whisperer, Wildfire, and Hollywood Residential. From 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. In 2010, he appeared in an episode of Grey's Anatomy and in the short-lived NBC courtroom drama series Outlaw.[2] From 2012 to 2020, he had been pulling double duty, appearing in the main cast of CW's superhero show Arrow, as John Diggle, a military veteran who is Oliver's partner, confidant, bodyguard, and later gained an alter ego, Spartan, since the 4th season. The season 7 episode "Past Sins" was Ramsey's directorial debut. He had also appeared in Arrow's spin off shows such as Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, and The Flash.[3] Ramsey also starred in the TV series Blue Bloods as Mayor Carter Poole.

Ramsey is an accomplished martial artist, with a black belt in Jeet Kune Do. He has also studied boxing, tae kwon do and Wing Chun, and trained in kickboxing under Benny "Jet" Urquidez.[4][5]



Year Title Role Notes
1987 Scared Stiff George Masterson
1996 The Nutty Professor Student
A Very Brady Sequel Brent
1997 Con Air Londell
1998 A Short Wait Between Trains Jenkins
1999 Three to Tango Bill
2000 Pay It Forward Sidney Parker
2001 Mr. Bones Vince Lee
2004 Hair Show Cliff
2005 Resurrection: The J.R. Richard Story J.R. Richard Produced by Benjamin O. Jimerson-Phillips[6][7]
Bathsheba King David Short Film
2006 Hello Sister, Goodbye Life Dennis
2007 The Death and Life of Bobby Z Wayne
2008 The Coverup Bill Daily
2009 The Rub Cam Stewart
Mother and Child Joseph
2014 Draft Day Thompson
2015 Accidental Love Rep. Bill Harshtone


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Murder One Reporter #3 Episode: "Chapter Two"
1996 Deutschlandlied George Television miniseries
Space: Above and Beyond Supervisor Episode: "The Angriest Angel"
Her Costly Affair Shep Walker Television film
1997–98 Good News Pastor David Randolph Main role
1998 CHiPs '99 Officer Sergeant McFall Television film
Mama Flora's Family Booker Palmer (Adult) Television film
1999 Mutiny Vernon Nettles Television film
2000 Ali: An American Hero Muhammad Ali Television film
2000–01 For Your Love Brian 4 episodes
2001 Girlfriends Randall Episode: "Mom's the Word"
Thieves Agent Victor Episode: "The Long Con"
2002 For the People Episode: "To DNA or Not to DNA"
Romeo Fire Television film
The Guardian Debord's Lawyer Episode: "No Good Deed"
2002–03 One on One Jayden Episodes: "Everybody Loves Whom?", "It's a Miserable Life"
2003 The Flannerys Sam Gable Television film
Strong Medicine Jake Cortese Episode: "Breathing Lessons"
NCIS Special Agent Richard Owens Episode: "The Curse"
2004 Crossing Jordan Agent Scannell Episode: "Is That Plutonium in Your Pocket, or Are You Just Happy to See Me?"
CSI: Miami Officer Everhart Episode: "Wannabe"
Charmed Upper Level Demon Episode: "Witch Wars"
Second Time Around Travis Byrd Episode: "A Kiss Is Still a Kiss"
2005 Central Booking Troy Stonebreaker Television film
Huff Clay 3 episodes
All of Us Rusty Recurring role (6 episodes)
Jane Doe: The Wrong Face Mac Television film
2005–08 Ghost Whisperer Will 4 episodes
2006 Hello Sister, Goodbye Life Uncle Dennis Klein Television film
The West Wing Teddy - Santos's Turnout Briefer Episodes: "Welcome to Wherever You Are", "Election Day: Part 1"
Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America Curtis Ansen Television film
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Gerald Crowley Episode: "Burn Out"
2007 Criminal Minds Wakeland Episode: "Fear and Loathing"
Journeyman Det. Wilson Hargreaves Episode: "The Legend of Dylan McCleen"
2008 Hollywood Residential Don Merritt Main role
Wildfire Dr. Noah Gleason Recurring role (8 episodes)
2008–09 Dexter Anton Briggs Recurring role (season 3-4)
Nominated: Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2009 Castle Jim Wheeler Episode: "Fool Me Once..."
2010 Grey's Anatomy Jimmy Thompson Episode: "Sympathy for the Parents"
Outlaw Al Druzinsky Main role
2011–2017 Blue Bloods Mayor Carter Poole Recurring role
2012–2020 Arrow John Diggle / Spartan Main Role
2014–2020 The Flash 8 episodes
2016–2017, 2020 DC's Legends of Tomorrow 3 episodes
2018 Supergirl Episode: "Elseworlds, Part 3"[8]
2021 Superman & Lois


Year Production Notes
2019 Arrow 2 episodes: "Past Sins", "Reset"


  1. ^ Rose, Mike (November 17, 2018). "Today's top celebrity birthdays list for November 17, 2018". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  2. ^ "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.
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  4. ^ "Male Celebs Who Practice Martial Arts", Jet, Sept. 24, 2001, at p. 40.
  5. ^ Sheridan, Brian R. (August 6, 2015). "FOR 'ARROW' STAR DAVID RAMSEY, MARTIAL ARTS IS A WAY OF LIFE". Medium. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  6. ^ "Greg Carter Resurrects a Baseball Hero". BLT News. 2013. p. 1. Retrieved May 5, 2013.
  7. ^ "Shooting Star". Houston Press. September 2, 2004. p. 1. Retrieved May 5, 2013.
  8. ^ Bryant, Jacob (December 11, 2018). "'Elseworlds, Part 3' Recap: 2019 'Arrowverse' Crossover Theme Revealed". Variety. Archived from the original on December 12, 2018. Retrieved December 12, 2018.

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