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Brian d'Arcy James (b. June 29, 1968) is an American actor and musician. He portrays Andrew Baker in Netflix's 13 Reasons Why.


Life and Career[]

Brian d'Arcy James worked in a variety of genres and built up a diverse and reputable career. Early on, James landed roles on various television sitcoms, including "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1999-), "The Education of Max Bickford" (2001-02) and "Rescue Me" (2003-2011). He appeared in a number of television specials, including "The Kennedy Center Honors" (1997-98) and "The Rodgers & Hart Story: Thou Swell, Thou Witty" (1998-99). James mainly acted in films like the crime picture "Exiled" (1999) with Paul Ronan during the early stages of his career. He continued to work steadily in television throughout the early 2000s and the 2010s, appearing on "The Good Wife" (2009-) and "Person of Interest" (2011-). He appeared in "G" (2005) with Richard T Jones and "Ghost Town" (2008) in the early 2000s and the 2010s. He spent the 2010s tackling film roles in the Jennifer Westfeldt drama "Friends With Kids" (2012), the holiday "The Fitzgerald Family Christmas" (2012) with Kerry Bishe and the Tina Fey comedic drama "Admission" (2013). He also appeared in "Spotlight" (2015) with Mark Ruffalo. He also worked in television during these years, including a part on "Ironside" (2013-14). Most recently, James acted in the Richard Gere drama "Time Out of Mind" (2015). He played Shrek in "Shrek the Musical" (2013).


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  • Nominated for Broadway's Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role - Musical) for "Sweet Smell of Success."
  • Nominated for the 2009 Tony Award for Best Performance for a Leading Actor in a Musical for Musical "Shrek - The Musical".


  • Brian is married to Jennifer Prescott, whom he met when both performed in a Lincoln Center production, and together they have a daughter, Grace.
  • D'Arcy is his middle name and his Uncle who is an artist, has the same middle name. Everyone called him d'Arcy. He added d'Arcy when he joined Actors Equity (there was already an actor named Brian James). For a while he was "Brian d. James", but they wouldn't let that happen so instead of changing his name he used his full name.
  • His father was of English and Irish descent. His mother is of Irish ancestry.
  • His maternal grandfather, Harry Kelly, was Governor of Michigan, from 1943 to 1947.