Feb. 12th, 1968
Los Angeles, California, USA
5' 10 1/2
Josh Brolin's Main TV Roles
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Rugged features and a natural charm have worked for Josh Brolin, the son of actor James Brolin. He has recently seen a massive surge in his career, finding well-known roles such as a policeman, a hunter, and the President of the United States.
Born February 12, 1968, Brolin was initially against the lifestyle of the entertainment business, in light of his parents' divorce, and both of them being actors. However, he fell for theatre after playing a part in a school production of "A Streetcar named Desire". His first major screen role was as the older brother in the film The Goonies (1985) based on a story by Steven Spielberg. He then immediately moved on to work on television, taking roles in such series as "Private Eye" and "The Young Riders". "Private Eye" was a chance for Brolin to play a detective. "The Young Riders" was set just before the Civil War, and was co-directed by Brolin's father, James Brolin.
After "The Young Riders", Brolin moved back to the big screen, with mediocre success. He played a supporting role in The Road Killers (1994), but the film was not a hit. He followed up with the crime film Gang in Blue (1996) (TV), the romantic film Bed of Roses (1996), the thriller film Nightwatch (1997), and appeared with his father in My Brother's War (1997). However, nothing truly stuck out, especially not the box office flop The Mod Squad (1999).
The 2000s initially brought no significant change in Brolin's career. He appeared in the independent film Slow Burn (2000), the sci-if thriller Hollow Man (2000) and starred in the television series "Mister Sterling". In 2004, he married actress Diane Lane (I), and as of now are still together.
It was not until 2007 that Brolin received much acclaim for his films. He took a supporting role in the Quentin Tarantino-written Grindhouse (2007) which was a two-part film accounting two horror stories. He also played two policemen that year: a corrupt officer Trupo in the crime epic American Gangster (2007), and an honest police chief in the emotional drama In the Valley of Elah (2007) which starred Tommy Lee Jones and was directed by Paul Haggis. However, it was his involvement in No Country for Old Men (2007) that truly pushed him into the limelight.
The film, directed by the Coen brothers, was about a man (Brolin) who finds a satchel containing two million dollars in cash. He is pursued by an unstoppable assassin (Javier Bardem who won an Oscar for his work) and his friend, a local sheriff (Tommy Lee Jones). The film won four Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director.
Brolin found high-profile work the next year, being cast as Supervisor Dan White in the film Milk (2008/I). His performance as the weak and bitter politician earned him an Oscar nomination, and Brolin received more praise for his fascinating portrayal of George W. Bush in the Oliver Stone (I) film W. (2008/I). Despite the mediocre success of W. (2008/I), he was recognized as the best part of the film, and Milk (2008/I) was another triumph critically and commercially.
Despite his mediocre success and fame, Brolin has maintained a choosiness in his films, and recently, these choices have paid off profoundly. Hopefully he continues this streak of good fortune that his talents have finally given him.
- Brolin was concerned what reception he would have on location in San Francisco for the production of _Milk (2008/I)_ (qv) playing Dan White, the murderer of the city's famous gay politician, Harvey Milk. However, Brolin found he was warmly welcomed by the gay community for his participation in a film about their political hero.
- He was offered the part of Marcus Wright in _Terminator Salvation (2009)_ (qv), but turned the offer down.
- Hosted the highest viewed _"Saturday Night Live" (1975)_ (qv) in 14 years on October 18th, 2008 when Republican vice presidential candidate 'Sarah Palin' (qv) made a guest appearance.
- Dating British actress 'Minnie Driver' (qv) [1999-2001].
- He was co-executive director of Geva Theatre's "Reflections" (3 American plays in rotating repertory) from 1991 to 1995 with 'Anthony Zerbe' (qv).
- Brother of Jess (b. 1972) and half-brother of Molly Elizabeth (b. 1987).
- Has lived on a ranch in California with his significant other and their two children. He spent five years performing in and directing plays at the Reflections Festival at the GeVa Theater in Rochester, N.Y. Brolin said, "If I'm any kind of actor now it's because of Rochester." .
- Has written various stories and poems based on his mother Jane Agee (who died in 1995).