James Brown III was born on November 3rd, 1980 in Baltimore, MD. and raised in Orange County, CA. Growing up, his parents allowed him to explore any and every passion he had including: Psychology, Track & Field, Drama, Football, Gymnastics, Dance, Music, TV/Film, Religious Studies, and of course Fashion. James went to Dana Hills High School and Phillips Andover Academy for his secondary education, Brown University and The Fashion Institute of Technology for his undergraduate education. While at Dana Hills he graduated Valedictorian, a 4 year 2 spot varsity letterman athlete (Track & Field and Football), National Honor Society Member, International Thespian Society Member, Homecoming King and Prom King, and a member of the Student Government. Brown went on to study psychology at Brown University while competing nationally in Track & Field and studying dance. Psychology research on male dancers brought James to New York City and presented him with the opportunity to dance with Michael Jackson at Madison Square Gardens. His career as a performer began that summer in 2001.
James Brown III has had a successful career in the last 15 years as an Actor and Model. He's performed in 10 Broadway shows including: Original Broadway Company of Ghost (Dance/Fight Captain, Understudy Willie Lopez & Subway Ghost), Original Broadway Company of Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Jimmy, Understudy Miss Understanding), Memphis, The 2010 Tony Award Winning Best New Musical, Original Broadway Company of The Little Mermaid (Dance/Fight Captain, Understudy Jetsam), Original Broadway Company of The Color Purple (Bobby, Understudy Harpo), Wicked (The Lover), The Producers (O'Houlihan), The Frogs (Dance Captain), and The Lion King (Dance/Fight Captain, Understudy Simba). James was most recently playing the role of "Sugar Jackson" in Rocky on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theater (Understudy Apollo, Dance/Assist Fight Captain). Other notable credits: Michael Jackson's 30th Anniversary Concert (CBS), The Producers Movie, Enchanted, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. James will also be seen this season on Mr. Robot on USA Network, Forever on ABC, The Mysteries of Laura on NBC and Peter Pan Live! on NBC. He also starred in his first independent film Love For Passion, playing the role of Jeffrey Love and Ori Inu as "The Reverend". James is currently in rehearsal for The Wiz Live! on NBC playing "The Crow", airs live on December 3rd!
James has modeled for such brands as Ralph Lauren, Michael Wesetly, and Rockport. All of these professional artistic experiences have infused themselves in the design of James George III. It is because of these varied artistic, academic, and physical genres of study that James Brown III, as a designer, has drawn inspiration to build James George III. Like many other fashion designers, Brown III draws inspiration from nature, architecture, interior design, classic movies, theater, and cultural anthropology. But having studied psychology at Brown University, Brown III can also use his knowledge of the human condition and self image to design clothes that will allow his consumer to manifest a positive self-image with the aide of beautifully made clothing. He also helped start a web based tailor made clothing line called ALFA (www.worldofalfa.com). James received his industry fashion knowledge from The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.
James is currently playing "King Agnarr" in Disney's Frozen On Broadway and the Fashion Editor of Chill Magazine.