David Ramsey

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David Ramsey stars as former United States Army Special Forces soldier, John Diggle, on the CW’s People’s Choice Award winning show “Arrow,” based on the DC Comics superhero.

Created by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg, “Arrow” follows presumed-dead billionaire playboy Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), who returns home to Starling City after five years stranded on a remote island in the Pacific, determined to clean up the city as a hooded vigilante armed with a bow. Unable to help people like he did as a soldier, Diggle becomes Oliver’s confidant and field partner in his mission – to right societal wrongs and transform the city to its former glory.

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, David gained many fans from his work on the popular Showtime drama series “Dexter” as Anton Briggs, a confidential informant who had a love affair with the character played by Debra Morgan. He portrayed the title character of Muhammad Ali in the Fox television movie Ali: An American Hero, and has starred in recurring roles on television shows including: “All of Us,” “The West Wing,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Ghost Whisperer,” “Wildfire,” “Hollywood Residential” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”

David recently starred as “Rep. Harshtone” in Millenium Entertainment’s political romantic comedy Accidental Love, opposite an all-star cast including Jessica Biel, Jake Gyllenhaal, Catherine Keener, James Marsden, Tracy Morgan and James Brolin. Directed by David O. Russell, the film featured Biel as Sammy Joyce, a socially awkward small-town receptionist who has a nail accidentally shot into her head by a clumsy workman, eliciting wild sexual urges.

David is an accomplished martial artist, and holds a black belt in jeet kune do. He has also studied boxing, tae kwon do, and trained in kickboxing under Benny “Jet” Uruidez.

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

Ramsey was born in Detroit, Michigan. 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. 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. In 2010, he appeared in an episode of Grey’s Anatomy and in the short-lived NBC courtroom drama series Outlaw. Since 2012, he has been pulling double duty, appearing in the main cast of CW’s superhero show Arrow as John Diggle, a military veteran who is main character Oliver Queen’s partner, confidant, and bodyguard, while also guest starring 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 and Tae Kwon do, and trained in kickboxing under Benny “Jet” Urquidez.

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