James Ransone (born 2 June 1979) is an American actor. He is most famous for his roles as Ziggy Sobotka in the second season of HBO's The Wire, and Corporal Josh Ray Person in the Iraq War-based mini-series Generation Kill.
James Ransone attended Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson, Maryland from 1993-1997. The school is a "magnet school" that allows students to specialize in subjects such as theater, dance, writing, fine arts, and film as well as all the required academic classes. Ransone specialized in theater, then changed majors to fine arts and graduated in 1997. he currently lives in NYC.
Stylistically, PJ’s tattoos pair nicely with his James Dean looks and draw from American traditional designs and imagery. PJ has a cowboy on his left arm, a sparrow on his shoulder, a star on either side of his chest and a scripted chest piece that reads: “No Dice”.