Jim Dougherty was born in Anderson, Indiana. After graduating from Anderson High School, he attended Indiana University and studied theatre and film. After college, Dougherty spent several years in Chicago training as a stuntman under John Hicks Pearce, and helped develop The Chicago Stunt Team. He also attended and managed The Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts for several years. Dougherty continues to teach stunt work and stage combat in Indiana, where he resides, and works in many facets of both live theatre and indie films.