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Michael Raymond-James

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14 episodes (see below)
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Biographical Information
Date of birth
December 4, 1977 (1977-12-04) (age 39)
Date of death
Place of birth
Michigan, USA
Place of death
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Michael Raymond-James, born December 4, 1977 in Michigan, is an American actor who plays the role of Drew Marshall, known more commonly as René Lenier, on the HBO original series True Blood. Making his debut on the series' premiere episode, "Strange Love", in the series' first season, Michael was a local resident of Bon Temps Louisiana. Thought to be a trusted ally and best friend to Jason Stackhouse and Hoyt Fortenberry, his character is revealed to be the serial killer responsible for the murders of several Fangbangers, an innocent bystander, a cat named Tina, and the multiple attempted murders of Sookie Stackhouse. The main antagonist through the series' first season, Michael plays a recurring role through the series' first, third, and fourth seasons. Even after Drew's real name is revealed, characters continue to occasionally refer to him as René, and, although Michael appears in flashbacks and visions through the third and fourth seasons, he met an untimely demise in the Season 1 episode "You'll Be the Death of Me".


Michael started out doing theater and studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York, with George Loros, Jeffery Horn and Robert Castle.

He has starred in Craig Brewer's Black Snake Moan. He has also guest starred in such series as CSI, Medium, Boston Legal and ER.



  • The Fix (2005)
  • Black Snake Moan (2006)
  • 3 Things (2009)


  • Once Upon a Time (2013)
  • The Walking Dead (2012)
  • True Blood (2008, 2010)
  • Terriers (2010)



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Season one appearances
"Strange Love" "The First Taste" "Mine" "Escape from Dragon House"
"Sparks Fly Out" "Cold Ground" "Burning House of Love" "The Fourth Man in the Fire"
"Plaisir D'Amour" "I Don't Wanna Know" "To Love Is to Bury" "You'll Be the Death of Me"
Season three appearances
"Bad Blood" "Beautifully Broken" "It Hurts Me Too" "9 Crimes"
"Trouble" "I Got a Right to Sing the Blues" "Hitting the Ground" "Night on the Sun"
"Everything Is Broken" "I Smell a Rat" "Fresh Blood" "Evil is Going On"
Season four appearances
"She's Not There" "You Smell Like Dinner" "If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin'?" "I'm Alive and on Fire"
"Me and the Devil" "I Wish I Was the Moon" "Cold Grey Light of Dawn" "Spellbound"
"Let's Get Out of Here" "Burning Down the House" "Soul of Fire" "And When I Die"

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