- Maternal grandfather Harry F. Kelly was governor of Michigan from 1943 to '47.
- Named for his uncle Brian Kelly, who played the ranger on the TV series Flipper; and another uncle, an artist who went by his middle name, d'Arcy.
- Debuted on Broadway in Blood Brothers in 1993.
- Released his debut solo album, From Christmas Eve to Christmas Morn, in 2004, featuring the single "Michigan Christmas."
- Spent 90 minutes getting into a fat suit and prosthetic makeup for every performance of Shrek: The Musical.
- Performed at the White House for President Obama as part of the 2010 PBS special A Broadway Celebration.
- Supports and performs for the Field Neurosciences Institute in his hometown of Saginaw, MI.
- 2009, Tony — Actor (Musical): Nominee
- 2002, Tony — Actor (Featured Role--Musical): Nominee
- 2015, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
- 2016, Independent Spirit Awards — Robert Altman Award: Winner
- 2015, Tony — Actor (Musical): Nominee
- Brian Kelly — Uncle
- Mary James — Mother
- Harry F. Kelly — Grandfather
- Kate James — Sister
- Jennifer Prescott — Wife
- Grace James — Daughter
- Anne James Noonan — Sister
- Thomas F. James — Father
- Andrew James — Brother
- Northwestern University, Evanston, IL (1990)
Season 16, Episode 3
- Birth Name: Brian d'Arcy James
- Birth Place: Saginaw, MI
- Birthday: June 29, 1968, Cancer
- Profession: Actor, Musician