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Jim Dear
Background information
Feature films Lady and the Tramp
Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure
Short films
Television programs
Video games
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Voice Lee Millar
Nick Jameson
Performance model
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name Jim Brown
Other names James Brown, Jim Sr, Jim
Personality Sweet, kind, romantic, fatherly, stern, handsome
Appearance Slender man, brown hair and mustache, blue shirt, brown vest, brown pants
Occupation Jim Jr's father; Darling's husband; Lady, the Tramp, Scamp, Angel, Annette, Danielle and Collette's owner; Aunt Sarah's nephew
Goal To bring Lady and the Tramp together, to find Scamp
Home New Haven, Connecticut
Relatives Darling (wife), Jim, Jr. (son), Aunt Sarah (aunt)
Pets Lady, Tramp, Scamp, Annette, Danielle and Collette, Jock, Trusty, (dogs), Angel (adopted dog) Goldfish and canary [first film and mentioned in Big Golden Book
Allies His wife Darling, his son Jim Jr., his Aunt Sarah, Lady, Tramp, Scamp, Annette, Danielle and Collette, Angel, Jock, Trusty, Tony, Joe
Enemies The Rat
Likes Darling, Jim Jr., Aunt Sarah, Lady, the Tramp, the other dogs, his son, Tramp take care of Lady, Angel take care of Scamp
Dislikes Scamp's wild behavior, his son being in danger, Scamp's madness, Scamp run away
Powers and abilities Strength
Fate Welcomes Jock and Trusty into the house for Christmas (first film)

Welcomes Angel into the family and gives a stubborn Scamp a bath. (second film)

Quote "Hey, what's the matter with Lady?"

Jim Dear is Lady and the Tramp's owner, husband of Darling, and father of Jim Jr. from Lady and the Tramp and its sequel. Jim Dear was originally voiced by the late Lee Millar and later by Nick Jameson.



In pre-production, Jim Dear was known as Jim Brown, and Darling was named Elizabeth. These were dropped to highlight Lady's point of view. In a very early version, published as a short story in a 1944 Disney children's anthology, Lady refers to them as "Mister" and "Missis." To maintain a dog's perspective, Darling and Jim's faces are rarely shown. The background artists made models of the interiors of Jim Dear and Darling's house, and shot photos and film at a low perspective as reference to maintain a dog's view.

The film's opening sequence, in which Darling unwraps a hat box on Christmas morning and finds Lady inside, is based upon an actual incident in Walt Disney's life when he presented his wife Lily with a Chow puppy as a gift in a hat box.


Jim Dear and Darling are very loving and caring people, to both other each other and their pets. At first, Jim Dear attempts to be firm with their new puppy, Lady, but he later gives in and allows Lady to sleep with them after Darling requests it. They appear to be dog-lovers, having adopted two dogs: Tramp and Angel, besides having Lady and Lady and Tramp's puppies.


Lady and the Tramp

In the first film, Jim Dear and Darling are introduced as a young married couple. At Christmas time, Jim Dear presents Darling with the gift of a cocker spaniel puppy, whom Darling names Lady. That night, they make a bed in the laundry room for Lady, but Lady becomes lonely. Darling wishes for Lady to sleep with them, but Jim Dear remains firm. He finally gives in, though he states that it is just for that night.

A few months later, when Lady is six months old, it is revealed that Lady now sleep with Jim Dear and Darling regularly. Realizing that Lady has grown up, they present her with a collar and license. Later on, it is shown that they have been unintentionally been treating Lady somewhat coldly. However, Lady soon learns that Darling is expecting a baby. After the baby is born, Jim Dear and Darling introduce Lady to the baby. Soon after, they leave for a short trip, leaving Lady and the baby in the care of Aunt Sarah.

They return near the end of the film. Aunt Sarah reveals that a stray dog, Tramp, had been in the baby's room, and that she had him taken to the pound. After hearing Lady barking, they release her from the basement, where Aunt Sarah had locked her up. Jim Dear realizes that Lady is attempting to tell them something, and so he and Darling follow Lady to the baby's room. There, Jim Dear and Darling are able to find a dead rat. They realize that Tramp had been trying to protect the baby from the rat.

Jim Dear follows the dog catcher, and retrieves Tramp. He and Darling adopt Tramp, and the following Christmas reveals that Lady and Tramp have a litter of four puppies.

Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure

Jim Dear and Darling reappear as the owners of Lady, Tramp and their puppies. Their baby is revealed to a be son named Jim Jr. After one of the puppies, Scamp, makes a mess in the house, he was forced to chain the puppy to a dog house outside. When Scamp ran away, he promise he'll never chained Scamp again. Later on, they take the dogs out on a family picnic, during which Scamp steals a chicken to take to the Junkyard Dogs. At the end of the film, Jim Dear apologizes to Scamp for chaining him up. Jim Dear and Darling adopt Scamp's friend, Angel, whom Scamp had met on the streets.



  • Lee Millar, who voiced Jim Dear in the first movie, was the son of actress Verna Felton, who voiced Aunt Sarah.
  • The characters share a name with one of the most famous musicians of all time: the Godfather of Soul, James Brown.

v - e - d
Lady and the Tramp (Soundtrack) | Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure | House of Mouse
Disney Parks

Tony's Town Square Restaurant | Pizzeria Bella Notte | The Golden Mickeys

Classic Storybook | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Little Golden Book
Lady | Tramp | Jock | Trusty | Aunt Sarah | Si and Am | Jim Dear | Darling | Jim Jr. | Tony | Joe | Policeman | Professor | The Dogcatcher | Stray Dogs | Al the Alligator | Hyena | Mr Busy | The Rat | Peg | Bull | Toughy | Boris | Pedro | Dachsie | Scamp | Angel | Annette, Danielle and Collette | Buster | Reggie | Francois | Sparky | Mooch | Ruby | Scratchy | Otis
Bella Notte | Jock’s Song | What is a Baby? | La La Lu | The Siamese Cat Song | He's a Tramp | Welcome Home | World Without Fences | Junkyard Society Rag | I Didn't Know That I Could Feel This Way | Always There
Lady’s House | The Zoo | Tony’s Restaurant | Dog Pound | The Junkyard

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