Josh Brolin

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Josh Brolin

Brolin at Flaunt Magazine's 9th Anniversary Bash and Holiday Toy Drive, December 2007
BornJosh James Brolin
(1968-02-12) February 12, 1968 (age 44)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, stock trader
Years active1985–present
Spouse(s)Alice Adair (1988–1994; divorced)
Diane Lane (2004–present)
ParentsJames Brolin
Jane Cameron Agee
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Josh Brolin

Brolin at Flaunt Magazine's 9th Anniversary Bash and Holiday Toy Drive, December 2007
BornJosh James Brolin
(1968-02-12) February 12, 1968 (age 44)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, stock trader
Years active1985–present
Spouse(s)Alice Adair (1988–1994; divorced)
Diane Lane (2004–present)
ParentsJames Brolin
Jane Cameron Agee

Josh James Brolin (/ˈbrlɨn/; born February 12, 1968)[1] is an American actor. He has acted in theater, film and television roles since 1985. He is known primarily for his roles in the films The Goonies, W., No Country for Old Men, Milk, True Grit, and Men In Black 3.


Early life

Brolin was born in Templeton, California, the son of Jane Cameron Agee, a wildlife activist who was a native of Corpus Christi, Texas, and actor James Brolin.[2][3] Brolin was raised on a California ranch with little exposure to his father's acting career.[4] His parents divorced when he was 16. His stepmother is singer/actress Barbra Streisand. He became interested in acting after taking an improv acting class in high school.[4]

Acting career

Brolin started his career in TV movies and guest spots on TV shows before getting a more notable role as Brand Walsh in the Richard Donner-directed movie The Goonies (1985).[4] He was considered for the role of Tom Hanson in the series 21 Jump Street; he and Johnny Depp were the finalists for the role, and at that time the two became close and remained friends even after the role was ultimately awarded to Depp.[5][6] Brolin guest-starred in an episode of the show in its first season.[7]

Brolin implied that he turned away from film acting for years after the premiere of his second film, Thrashin', where he witnessed what he called "horrendous" acting on his part.[8] For several years, he appeared in stage roles in Rochester, New York, often alongside mentor and friend Anthony Zerbe. One of Brolin's more prominent roles early in his career was that of Wild Bill Hickok in the ABC western TV series The Young Riders, which lasted three seasons (1989–92).[4] Two other TV series he was involved in include the Aaron Spelling production Winnetka Road (1994) and Mister Sterling (2003), both of which were cancelled after a few episodes.

Brolin's extensive film work consists of many villainous roles in recent films including Planet Terror (one of two feature-length segments of the Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez collaboration Grindhouse), Gus van Sant's Milk, American Gangster, and Oliver Stone's Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.[4] He also played the lead role in the Coen brothers' Academy Award-winning film No Country for Old Men.

Brolin also starred in another Oliver Stone film in 2008 called W., a biopic about key events in the life of President George W. Bush.[4][9] Stone pursued an initially hesitant Brolin for the role. He said of his decision to cast Brolin in the leading role:[10]

It always seemed to me that he was the right person. Although classically handsome, I think he would consider himself a character actor first and foremost, and it was in this context that I thought of him as W. Josh certainly has star appeal and could be a leading man, but I don’t think he necessarily wants to be that. I think he really enjoys disappearing into a character

Brolin received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Gus Van Sant's biopic Milk as city supervisor Dan White, who assassinated San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone.[11] He made news by wearing a White Knot to the Academy Awards ceremony to demonstrate solidarity with the marriage equality movement.[12] Brolin told an interviewer that costar Sean Penn, who portrayed Milk, decided to dispel any nerves the actors had about playing gay men by grabbing the bull by the horns. At the first cast dinner, which included castmates James Franco, Emile Hirsch and Diego Luna, Brolin said, "[Penn] walked right up and grabbed me and planted a huge one right on my lips."[10] Brolin has received critical acclaim for his performance and, in addition to his Oscar nomination, received NYFCC and NBR Awards for Best Supporting Actor and a nomination for a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role. He portrayed Jonah Hex in the film of the same name.[13]

Brolin played a younger Agent K in Men in Black 3 released in May 2012.[14][15]

Writing and directing

In 2009, Brolin executive produced and performed in The People Speak a documentary feature film that uses dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries, and speeches of everyday Americans, based on historian Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States.[16]

Brolin wrote and directed the short film X, as his directorial debut. The film, about an inmate who escapes prison to reunite with his daughter and search for her murdered mother, was the opening film at the first annual Union City International Film Festival in Union City, New Jersey in December 2010.[17][18][19]

Other activities

During an interview in 2010 Brolin claimed to be a member of punk rock band Rich Kids on LSD in the early 1980s.[20]

Brolin has hosted Saturday Night Live twice; once in October 2008, and again in April 2012.

Personal life

Marriages and family

Brolin was married to actress Alice Adair from 1988 to 1994;[21] they have two children, Trevor Mansur (born June 1988) and Eden (born 1994). He was engaged to actress Minnie Driver for six months.[21] He has been married to actress Diane Lane since August 15, 2004.[22]

Legal issues

On December 20, 2004, Brolin's wife, Diane Lane called the police after an altercation with Brolin and he was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery. Lane declined to press charges and the couple's spokesperson characterized the incident as a misunderstanding.[23]

On July 12, 2008, Brolin was arrested, along with actor Jeffrey Wright and five other crew members of W., after an altercation at the Stray Cat Bar in Shreveport, Louisiana. Brolin was released after posting a cash bond of US$334.[24][25] When talking of his arrest, Brolin said to a reporter, "It was nice to be in jail knowing that I hadn’t done anything wrong. And it was maddening to be in jail knowing that I hadn’t done anything wrong."[10] Charges against all seven men were later dropped by Shreveport prosecutors.[26] He was arrested for public intoxication on New Year's Day, 2013, in Santa Monica.[27]

Business interests

When he is not acting, Brolin is an active stock trader and was co-founder of the site[28] The site has since shut down.


Film and television
1985Goonies, TheThe GooniesBrandon "Brand" Walsh
1986Thrashin'Corey Webster
1987Private EyeJohnny BetzTV series
21 Jump StreetTaylor RolatorEpisode: "My Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades"
1989Young Riders, TheThe Young RidersJames Butler HickokTV series
1994The Road KillersTom
1995Outer Limits, TheThe Outer LimitsJack PierceTV series, episode: "Virtual Future"
1996Bed of RosesDanny
Flirting with DisasterTony Kent
NightwatchJames Gallman
Gang in BlueKeith DeBrulerTV
1999Mod Squad, TheThe Mod SquadBilly Waites
Best Laid PlansBryce
It's the RageTennel
2000PicnicHal CarterTV
Hollow ManMatt KensingtonNominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor – Science Fiction
Slow BurnDuster
2003Mister SterlingSenator Bill SterlingTV series
2005Melinda and MelindaGreg Earlinger
Into the WestJedediah SmithTV miniseries
Into the BlueDerek Bates
2006Dead Girl, TheThe Dead GirlTarlow
2007GrindhouseDr. William BlockSegment: Planet Terror
In the Valley of ElahChief Buchwald
No Country for Old MenLlewelyn MossNational Board of Review Award for Best Cast
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
American GangsterDet. Reno TrupoNominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2008W.George W. BushNominated—IFTA Award for Best International Actor
Nominated—London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
MilkDan WhiteBroadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated—St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
2009People Speak, TheThe People SpeakHimselfDocumentary
2010Jonah HexJonah Hex
Tillman Story, TheThe Tillman StoryHimselfNarrator[29]
You Will Meet a Tall Dark StrangerRoy
Wall Street: Money Never SleepsBretton James
True GritTom Chaney
2012Men in Black 3Young Agent K
Mankind: The Story of All of UsNarratorTV series, History Channel
Saturday Night LiveHimself and VariousTV series, episode: "Josh Brolin, Gotye"
2013Gangster SquadJohn O'MaraCompleted
Labor DayFrank WheelerPost-production
OldboyJoe DoucettPost-production


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  5. ^ Josh Brolin Really, Really Likes Johnny Depp, Says 'Thank God He Exists', September 28, 2010
  6. ^ Mair, George (1997). "21 Jump Street". The Barry Diller Story: The Life and Times of America's Greatest Entertainment Mogul. John Wiley and Sons. p. 148. ISBN 978-0-471-29948-6.
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  14. ^ Men In Black III (2012) IMDb
  15. ^ Men In Black 3 Sony Pictures Australia
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  26. ^ Attorney says charges against Brolin to be dropped[dead link] Yahoo News, January 6, 2009
  27. ^ Gangster Squad star Josh Brolin arrested for 'public intoxication'
  28. ^ Sam Allis (November 4, 2007). "Josh Brolin is more than just a familiar face". Boston Globe. Retrieved October 13, 2008.
  29. ^ Josh Brolin Scores Touchdown with 'The Tillman Story' Narration accessAtlanta, August 10, 2010

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