Brian d'Arcy James
|Born||June 29, 1968|
Saginaw, Michigan, U.S.
Brian d'Arcy James (born June 29, 1968) is an American actor and musician known primarily for his Broadway roles, including Shrek in Shrek the Musical, Nick Bottom in Something Rotten!, King George III in Hamilton and Quinn Carney in The Ferryman, and has received three Tony Award nominations for his work. On screen, he is known for his recurring role as Andy Baker on the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, and for playing reporter Matt Caroll in the 2015 film Spotlight.
James graduated from Northwestern University's School of Communication. He received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical in 2002 for his portrayal of Sidney Falco in Sweet Smell of Success, co-starring John Lithgow. He received an Obie Award for his performance in Conor McPherson's one-man play The Good Thief.
James's additional Broadway credits include Titanic (Frederick Barrett), Lincoln Center's Carousel, and Blood Brothers. His Off-Broadway credits include Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party in 2000 opposite Julia Murney and Idina Menzel, for which he received a Drama Desk Award nomination, as well as Adam Guettel's Floyd Collins and the Gershwins' Pardon My English. He appeared in Martin McDonagh's The Lieutenant of Inishmore on Broadway, replaced Norbert Leo Butz in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and starred in The Apple Tree opposite Kristin Chenoweth. In 2004, James released a Christmas album titled From Christmas Eve to Christmas Morn. On Broadway he played Bob Wallace, a character originated by Bing Crosby, in White Christmas in 2004. He played Dan Goodman in the new musical Next to Normal Off-Broadway at Second Stage Theater in 2008. He then starred opposite Daniel Breaker, Sutton Foster, and Christopher Sieber as the titular character in Shrek The Musical. The show began previews on Broadway November 8, 2008, and opened on December 14 at The Broadway Theatre after a tryout in Seattle. For this role he won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical. He was also nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal. He departed the cast after one year in the role and was replaced by Ben Crawford.
James starred in the Broadway play Time Stands Still, which began preview performances on January 5, 2010, and officially opened on January 25 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. The show ended its limited run on March 27, 2010. For this role he won the Broadway.com Audience Award for Favorite Featured Actor in a Play. He reprised the role of Dan Goodman in the Broadway company of Next to Normal at the Booth Theatre. He replaced J. Robert Spencer on May 17, 2010. James ended his limited engagement on July 18, 2010, and was replaced by Jason Danieley.
On July 19, 2010, James performed in front of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at A Broadway Celebration: In Performance at the White House, which also aired on PBS October 20, 2010. He returned to Time Stands Still when the show returned to Broadway. It closed on January 30, 2011.
James was part of the cast of the NBC musical series Smash, playing Frank, who was the husband of Debra Messing's character. NBC officially picked up Smash as a series on May 11, 2011. The program made its series premiere on February 6, 2012. He did not return to the show as a series regular for its second and final season. James starred in Torstein Blixfjord's 2012 short film Bird In A Box.
James starred as Bick in the musical Giant which ran at the Public Theater from October 26 to December 16, 2012. For this role James received nominations for the Drama Desk Award for Best Actor in a Musical and for the Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance.
He also performed at the 29th birthday celebration of The New York Pops, titled "Journey On", celebrating the work of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. He performed "Wheels of a Dream" from Ragtime with Andrew Rannells, Rebecca Luker, Liz Callaway, Kevin Chamberlin, Jason Danieley, Boyd Gaines, Lewis Grosso, Norm Lewis, Kecia Lewis-Evans, Darlene Love, Marin Mazzie, Tiler Peck, Nikki M. James, Rachel York, and LaChanze, along with Flaherty and Ahrens.
He played Banquo in the Lincoln Center Theater production of Macbeth, which began previews in October 2013 and officially opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in November 2013. He starred as the original King George III in the Off-Broadway production of the musical Hamilton, with previews starting January 20, 2015, and officially opening on February 17. Actor Jonathan Groff replaced James in the Off-Broadway run on March 3, 2015.
He starred in the Broadway musical Something Rotten!, which opened in previews at the St. James Theatre on March 23, 2015, and officially on April 22, for which he received his third Tony nomination. James played Matt Carroll in the 2015 film Spotlight. In March 2016, James was cast in the CBS pilot Superior Donuts, but his role was recast after the show went through some retooling. He reprised his role as King George III in the Broadway production of Hamilton for a limited engagement that began on April 13, 2017, and continued through July 16, 2017.
In 2017, James played Andy Baker in the Netflix drama series 13 Reasons Why, a role he later reprised in the second season of the show in 2018. Also in 2018, James played pilot Joseph A. Walker in Damien Chazelle's film First Man. In May 2018, it was announced that he would star in the upcoming Fox series Proven Innocent. The following month, however, it was announced that Kelsey Grammer had been cast to replace James in the role of Gore Bellows (previously Cole Bellows).
James starred in the Broadway play The Ferryman at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre as Quinn Carney beginning on February 19, 2019, replacing Paddy Considine, who originated the role. In December 2020, it was announced he would appear in the Disney+ miniseries Hawkeye.
James was born in Saginaw, Michigan, the son of Mary (née Kelly), a seller of children's books, and Thomas F. James (deceased), a lawyer. His maternal grandfather was Harry Kelly, a former Governor of Michigan. His uncle, Brian Kelly, was an actor featured in the series Flipper and a producer of the movie Blade Runner. He has three siblings: brother Andrew, a portfolio manager; sister Kate, an actress and writer; and sister Anne (Noonan), an actress and teacher. He uses his middle name professionally since there was another actor named Brian James in the Actors' Equity Association.
James is of seventh eighths Irish and one eighth Welsh descent.
|Public Enemy||Davey Boyd||Off-Broadway|
|1996||Floyd Collins||Clif Roney/Reporter||Off-Broadway|
|2000||The Wild Party||Burrs||Off-Broadway|
|2001||The Good Thief||Man||Off-Broadway|
|2002||Sweet Smell of Success||Sidney||Broadway|
|2003||Dirty Rotten Scoundrels||Freddie||Reading|
|2004||Pardon My English||Gob Schmidt||Off-Broadway|
|White Christmas||Bob Wallace||Regional|
|2005||Dirty Rotten Scoundrels||Freddie||Broadway|
|Children and Art||Performer||Broadway|
|White Christmas||Bob Wallace||Boston|
|The Apple Tree||Adam/Sanjar/Flip||Encores!|
|2006||The Lieutenant of Inishmore||Brendan||Off-Broadway|
|Young Frankenstein||Frederick Frankenstein||Workshop|
|2006–07||The Apple Tree||Adam/Sanjar/Flip||Broadway|
|2007||White Christmas||Bob Wallace||Boston|
|2008||Next to Normal||Dan Goodman||Off-Broadway|
|2008–09||Shrek the Musical||Shrek||Broadway|
|2010||Next to Normal||Dan Goodman||Broadway|
|2010–11||Time Stands Still||James Dodd||Broadway|
|2015||Hamilton||King George III||Off-Broadway|
|2015–16||Something Rotten!||Nick Bottom||Broadway|
|2017||Hamilton||King George III||Broadway|
|2019||The Ferryman||Quinn Carney||Broadway|
- Something Rotten! [Original Broadway Cast]
- Giant [Original Cast]
- Shrek the Musical [Original Broadway Cast]
- White Christmas [Original Cast]
- Sweet Smell of Success [Original Broadway Cast]
- The Wild Party [Original Off-Broadway Cast]
- Titanic [Original Broadway Cast]
- Dream True [World Premiere Cast]
- Brownstone [Studio Cast]
- The Stephen Schwartz Album [Studio Cast]
- Myths and Hymns [Off-Broadway Original Cast]
- Violet [Off-Broadway Original Cast]
- Far From the Madding Crowd [Studio Cast]
- The Civil War [Studio Cast]
- The Stephen Sondheim Album [Studio Cast]
- Floyd Collins [Original Cast]
- Carousel [Revival Cast]
- James and the Giant Peach [Studio Cast]
- The Other Josh Cohen [Studio Cast]
- A Little More Alive [Demo Complication]
- From Christmas Eve to Christmas Morn (debut solo album)
- Michigan Christmas (single)
|1997||Sax and Violins|
|2008||Ghost Town||Irish Eddie|
|2011||Friends with Kids||Husband in Restaurant|
|2012||The Fitzgerald Family Christmas||Skippy|
|Bird in a Box||Walter|
|Shrek the Musical||Shrek||Filmed stage production|
|2014||Time Out of Mind||Mark|
|2017||Rebel in the Rye||Giroux|
|Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House||Robert Kunkel|
|2018||Song of Back and Neck||Stone|
|All These Small Moments||Tom Sheffield|
|First Man||Joseph A. Walker|
|2019||Dark Phoenix||President of the United States||Cameo|
|The Kitchen||Jimmy Brennan|
|2020||Beneath the Blue Suburban Skies|
|2021||West Side Story||Police Sergeant Krupke||Post-production|
|1997||The City||Mark/Ned Ashton||2 episodes|
|2001||The Education of Max Bickford||Barry Sheppard/Gary||2 episodes|
|2002||Monday Night Mayhem||Al Michaels||Television film|
|2006||Rescue Me||Veterinarian||Episode: "Discovery"|
|2011||Person of Interest||Wheeler||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2012||Game Change||Ted Frank||Television film|
|The Big C||Tim||3 episodes|
|2012–13||Smash||Frank Houston||18 episodes|
|2013||It Could Be Worse||Happy||Episode: "I Forgive You!"|
|The Good Wife||Detective Nolan||Episode: "Rape: A Modern Perspective"|
|Ironside||Bill Broughton||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2014||Submissions Only||Read Whatley||Episode: "Petit Sweet Ending with N"|
|Law and Order: Special Victims Unit||Adam Brubeck||Episode: "Producer's Backend"|
|2015||Mozart in the Jungle||Beethoven||Episode: "Amusia"|
|2017–18||13 Reasons Why||Andy Baker||Main (Season 2); recurring (Season 1)|
|2017||Manhunt: Unabomber||Henry Murray||Episode: "Ted"|
|2019||Last Week Tonight with John Oliver||HBO's Lawyer||Episode: "SLAPP Suits"|
|The Comey Rule||Mark Giuliano||Miniseries|
|2021||Hawkeye||TBA||Post-production; Disney+ miniseries|
|2003||Medal of Honor: Rising Sun||Davis/Pvt. Brooks|
Awards and nominations
- "Photos: 'Next to Normal'". BroadwayWorld. February 11, 2008. Retrieved April 30, 2013.
- Next to Normal [@n2nbroadway] (April 22, 2010). "Breaking casting news! Brian d'Arcy James who originated the role of Dan off-Bway will be joining the Bway production of N2N on 5/17" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- Gans, Andrew; Jones, Kenneth (March 20, 2008). "James, Gregory II and Tartaglia Set for Broadway's Shrek". Playbill. Retrieved April 6, 2021.
- Gans, Andrew (May 11, 2009). "Billy Elliot, Carnage, Ruined and Avenger Are Outer Critics Circle Award Winners". Playbill. Retrieved April 6, 2021.
- Gans, Andrew (May 18, 2009). "Ruined and Billy Elliot Win Top Honors at Drama Desk Awards". Playbill. Retrieved April 6, 2021.
- Gans, Andrew; Jones, Kenneth (May 5, 2009). "Nominations for 2009 Tony Awards Announced; Billy Elliot Earns 15 Nominations". Playbill. Retrieved April 6, 2021.
- Gans, Andrew (August 14, 2009). "Crawford Will Be Shrek This Fall on Broadway; Tix on Sale Through May 2010". Playbill. Retrieved April 6, 2021.
- Jones, Kenneth (August 10, 2009). "James Joins Linney and Silverstone in Broadway's Time Stands Still". Playbill. Retrieved April 6, 2021.
- "TIME STANDS STILL Closes March 27 at MTC". BroadwayWorld. March 27, 2010.
- "Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards - 2010". Broadway.com.
- "It's Time for Brian d'Arcy James to Thank Fans for His 2010 Audience Award". Broadway.com. June 18, 2010. Retrieved September 26, 2016.
- Gans, Andrew (April 22, 2010). "Brian d'Arcy James Will Rejoin Normal Cast in May". Playbill.
- "Married Couple Mazzie & Danieley Take Over in NEXT TO NORMAL 7/19". BroadwayWorld. June 3, 2010.
- "Nathan Lane, Idina Menzel, Brian d'Arcy James and More to Perform Broadway Celebration at White House". Broadway.com. July 14, 2010.
-  The Washington Post, 2010[dead link]
- Peter, Thomas (March 9, 2011). "Brian d'Arcy James Joins Cast of 'Smash' Musical Pilot". Playbill. Retrieved April 6, 2021.
- "Breaking News: NBC Picks Up Broadway-themed SMASH!". BroadwayWorld. May 11, 2011.
- Jones, Kenneth (February 6, 2012). "A Show Just for Us: 'Smash,' Starry New Drama Series About the Making of a Musical, Debuts on NBC". Playbill. Retrieved April 6, 2021.
- Goldberg, Lesley (May 22, 2012). "'Smash' Shakeup: Four Stars Axed From Second Season". The Hollywood Reporter.
- "UPDATED: Brian d'Arcy James, Will Chase, Jaime Cepero and Raza Jaffrey Not Returning as Regulars on SMASH". BroadwayWorld. May 22, 2012.
- "Current Work". Blixfjord.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-13. Retrieved 2012-05-31.
- Gans, Andrew (May 17, 2012). "Brooke Shields and Brian D'Arcy James Will Host Drama Desk Awards". Playbill. Retrieved April 6, 2021.
- "Brian d'Arcy James, Kate Baldwin, Bobby Steggert, Michele Pawk to Lead Public Theater's GIANT- Full Cast Announced!". BroadwayWorld. September 10, 2012.
- Hetrick, Adam (November 19, 2012). "Giant, Starring Kate Baldwin, Brian D'Arcy James and P.J. Griffith, Gets Extension at Public Theater". Playbill. Retrieved April 6, 2021.
- Gans, Andrew (April 29, 2013). "Nominations Announced for 58th Annual Drama Desk Awards; Giant and Hands on a Hardbody Lead the Pack". Playbill. Retrieved April 6, 2021.
- "2013 Drama League Nominations Announced -- KINKY BOOTS, PIPPIN & More Lead with 3!". BroadwayWorld. April 23, 2013. Retrieved April 30, 2013.
- "29TH BIRTHDAY GALA". NewYorkPops.org. Archived from the original on October 17, 2013.
- "Brian d'Arcy James, Malcolm Gets and More to Join Ethan Hawke in LCT's MACBETH; Cast Announced!". BroadwayWorld. September 3, 2013. Retrieved September 4, 2013.
- Hetrick, Adam (February 25, 2015). "Spring Awakening Star Is New King of Broadway-Bound Hamilton". Playbill.
- Hetrick, Adam (March 23, 2015). "Something Rotten! Puts a Shakespearean Twist On Broadway Musical Comedy, Starting Tonight". Playbill.
- Robinson, Will (March 1, 2016). "'Spotlight' star Brian d'Arcy James cast in CBS' 'Superior Donuts'". EW.com.
- Andreeva, Nellie (May 25, 2016). "'Superior Donuts': CBS Orders New Pilot For Jermaine Fowler Comedy". Deadline.
- "Official: Long May He Reign! Brian d'Arcy James Will Rejoin HAMILTON in April". BroadwayWorld. March 9, 2017.
- "Euan Morton to be Crowned King George III in HAMILTON on Broadway". BroadwayWorld. July 12, 2017.
- Andreeva, Nellie (June 16, 2016). "'Spotlight's Brian d'Arcy James Cast In Netflix Series '13 Reasons Why', Joins TNT Pilot 'Civil'". Deadline.
- D'Alessandro, Anthony (September 29, 2017). "Brian d'Arcy James Steps Into Damien Chazelle's Moon Mission Pic 'First Man'". Deadline.
- Otterson, Joe (May 10, 2018). "Fox Orders 'Proven Innocent,' 'The Cool Kids' to Series". Variety.
- Andreeva, Nellie (June 1, 2018). "Kelsey Grammer Joins New Fox Drama Series 'Proven Innocent' In Recasting". Deadline. Retrieved June 2, 2018.
- Gans, Andrew (January 8, 2019). "Broadway's The Ferryman Will Welcome New Company, Including Brian d'Arcy James, Emily Bergl, Shuler Hensley, More". Playbill. Retrieved 2019-01-09.
- Boone, John (December 10, 2020). "Marvel Debuts New Trailers for 'Loki' and 'Falcon and Winter Soldier,' Announces 'Fantastic Four' Movie | Entertainment Tonight". www.etonline.com. Retrieved June 14, 2021.
- "Brian d'Arcy James Biography". Film Reference.
- Brian d'Arcy James [@briandarcyjames] (11 November 2014). "Today I'm thinking of my grandfather Harry F. Kelly" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- Harris, Richard (Fall 2015). "The Life of Brian". Northwestern Magazine. Northwestern University. Retrieved 2016-09-26.
- Shirley, Don (January 21, 2003). "Soloing, but not in song". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on April 6, 2021.
- Rabinowtiz, Chloe. "A LITTLE MORE ALIVE Album Featuring Brian D'Arcy James, Hunter Parrish & More is Now Available on Apple Music". Broadway World.