Ransford Doherty is an American television and film actor, educator, motivational speaker and brand ambassador best known for his role as coroner’s investigator Kendall on two TNT series, “The Closer” and “Major Crimes.”
Ransford has appeared in several other recurring roles on network television shows including "Jonas, "Las Vegas" and "Joan of Arcadia." He also has made numerous appearances on shows like "The Office" and "Bones." His film appearances include Hostage, opposite Bruce Willis, and Something Like a Business, alongside Kevin Hart. Ransford Doherty is a native of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. His parents are from Freetown, Sierra Leone. He is a fraternal twin and has an older sister. The acting bug bit Ransford when he attended C.D. Hylton High School in Dale City, Virginia. Julie Clarke, head of the school’s drama department, pushed him to get on stage as the prince in the school’s production of Romeo and Juliet. After graduating high school, Ransford joined the United States Army Reserve as an administrative specialist to help pay for college. At Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, Pam Arkin, an associate professor of theatre, encouraged him to major in the subject. Taking her advice, he went on to receive a B.F.A. in theatre performance. Six months after graduating college, Ransford packed his bags and moved to Los Angeles with just $1,500 and the clothes on his back. He began working the midnight shift at a temp service and soon landed his first professional acting job—an appearance in an AT&T commercial. His earliest TV appearances were guest roles on "JAG" and "ER."
Ransford has guest-starred in several hit shows and has appeared in several national commercials and print ads. His largest movie role was playing Mike Anders in the Bruce Willis movie, Hostage.
Outside of acting, Ransford is a special education teacher at Augustus F. Hawkins High School. in Los Angeles. He earned a master's degree in special education from National University in San Diego.
While working in the Los Angeles Unified School District, Ransford’s business partner, Shawn Geegbae, presented him with a book he had written called “Winning At the Money Game,” which teaches financial literacy using the game of basketball. The two launched a nonprofit organization with the same name to spread the message to sports camps and elementary, middle, and high school students nationwide.