All Baelfire wanted was to be in a happy family with his father, Rumplestiltskin, but when Rumple took the powers of The Dark One, everything changed. Bae tried to convince his father to travel to a land without magic, where his dark powers would no longer be a curse to him, but Rumplestiltskin could not carry out the bargain and abandoned his son. Baelfire traveled through the void to Victorian England where he met The Darling children: Wendy, John and Michael. He saved them from the terrorizing shadow of Peter Pan and was taken to Neverland.
Many years later, Baelfire escaped to our world and took the name Neal Cassidy. As a young man, he turned to a life of crime, and while sleeping in a stolen car, met Emma Swan. The two fell in love while committing a string of thefts across the country. They were about to settle down together when August Booth, the grown man who was once Pinocchio, convinced Neal to abandon Emma so that one day she could become The Savior and break The Dark Curse. What Neal didn’t know was that she was carrying their unborn child. Years later, Emma helped Mr. Gold track down his son and was shocked to discover that Neal and Rumplestiltskin’s son, Baelfire, were the one and the same. Neal was shocked to learn that Henry was his son. He later traveled to Storybrooke with his fiancé, Tamara, to reconnect with his family. What he didn’t know was that Tamara was an unknowing agent of Peter Pan out to destroy Storybrooke. She shot Neal and sent him through another void, with Emma confessing her love to him just before seemingly losing him forever. Now he is wounded and trapped back in The Enchanted Forest, once again separated from the family he so desperately wants to have.
Actor Michael Raymond-James most recently starred opposite Donal Logue in Sean Ryan’s Terriers for FX, and is well-known for his role as Rene Lenier on HBO’s True Blood. His other TV credits include guest starring roles on The Walking Dead, ER, Boston Legal, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Law & Order.
On the big screen Raymond-James will next be seen in the western, The Salvation, opposite Mads Mikkelsen, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Eva Green. The film, shot in South Africa, tells the story of a peaceful American settler in 1870s America who kills his family’s murderer, unleashing the fury of a notorious gang leader. He was most recently seen in director Christopher McQuarrie’s Jack Reacher, opposite Tom Cruise.
Raymond-James made his feature film debut playing Justin Timberlake’s best friend in Black Snake Moan, with Christina Ricci and Samuel Jackson. His other film credits include Jonny Hirschbein's award-winning short film, The Fix, and Moonlight Serenade with Amy Adams.
Originally from Michigan, Raymond-James received his training at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York City. He currently resides in Los Angeles.