James Boyle
James Boyle
Status: Alive
Nationality: Flag of the United States American
Children: Ronnie Boyle
Played by: Nick Basta
Seasons: 3
First episode: "The Great War and Modern Memory"
Last episode: "The Big Never"
"Hey, son? Ronnie? You seen the Purcell kids? Will and his sister? Were they here?"
―James to Ronnie[src]

James Boyle is a recurring character in Season 3 of True Detective played by Nick Basta. James is the father of Ronnie Boyle. On the day that Will and Julie Purcell went missing, they had told their father they were going to Ronnie's to see his new puppy. When the children did not return, Tom called James to find out if his children were at his house.


In 1980, James was at home with his son, Ronnie and their new puppy when Tom Purcell called the house. He was looking for his children, Will and Julie. They had left their house earlier in the day claiming they were going to Ronnie's house to play with the new puppy. James asked Ronnie if the Purcell kids had been to the house, but Ronnie had not seen them. James promised to call Tom if he heard anything about the kids.

Behind the ScenesEdit

James Boyle was portrayed by Nick Basta in Season 3 of True Detective.


Season 3
"The Great War and Modern Memory" Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye "The Big Never" The Hour and the Day
If You Have Ghosts Hunters in the Dark The Final Country Now Am Found
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