Brian d'Arcy James (born 1968) is an American actor and musician.
James was born in Saginaw, Michigan, the son of Mary (Kelly), a seller of children's books, and a lawyer father, Thomas F. James. Brian's maternal grandfather was Harry F. Kelly, former Governor of the state of Michigan. His uncle was Brian Kelly, an actor featured in the series "Flipper" and a producer of the movie Blade Runner. His sister, Kate James, is an actress and writer who performs in the Chicago based sketch comedy group, Schadenfreude.
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 also received an Obie Award for his performance in the one-man play The Good Thief by Conor McPherson.