James Jerome was born as Darwin James Eisenhart on 30th January, 1960 in St. Joseph, Michigan, USA. His father, Louis James Eisenhart was a local celebrity as a professional wrestler called “Lucky Lou”. He wrestled out of the Benton Harbor Naval Armory with “Bobo Brazil” and “Tiny Tim” whom he trained. His mother Gladys Lee Eisenhart would help in running the concessions at the Armory wrestling matches. When Darwin James was born, the announcement of his birth was done in the sports section of the local newspaper. Being raised in the Catholic Church, he was given the confirmation name after St. Jerome, thus having the full name of Darwin James Jerome Eisenhart.
He took the professional name of James Jerome. James grew up in a scouting program where he performed in weekly stage performances every summer. He was a member of the camp Mardon Indian dancers in Buchanan, Michigan, and eventually became the group’s last active president. He studied acting and participated in several stage performances for his theater department at St. Joseph High School from where he graduated in 1978. After finishing his basic and advanced training in 1981 as a Field Artillery Surveyor in the U.S. Army at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, James attended college for a year at Lansing Community College in pursuit of an education in journalism and theater. He also worked as a part-time police officer with the city of St. Joseph, Michigan from 1981 to 1985.Being influenced by the Martial Arts and wrestling.
Being influenced by the Martial Arts and wrestling because of both his father, and uncle, Leslie Eisenhart Sr., who was a Former U.S. Marine and a 3rd Degree Judo Instructor, James wrestled through Junior High as well as High School. James studied Judo and Taekwondo and earned a Black Belt in both. After graduating High School in 1978, James began teaching Taekwondo. He later went into business with his father in 1984, combining the Martial Arts instructions and classes in Professional Wrestling in Stevensville, Michigan.
He also wrestled professionally under the guidance of his father and Bobo Brazil. He earned a 7th Degree Black Belt as Chief Master Instructor with the United States Chung Do Kwan Association. He got married to Luann Eisenhart on July 26, 1998, and they have three sons. He was seen first in the TV series ‘Spunky Airlines’ in 2010 where he played the role of ‘Pilot Paul. ’ He also starred in the 2014 American Action film ‘
Need For Speed’ directed by
Scott Waugh where he played the role of a Businessman. Recently he was seen in the 2016 blockbuster ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice’ where he played the role of a Capitol Police Officer.