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Overview (3)

Born in Santa Monica, California, USA
Birth NameJosh J. Brolin
Height 5' 10½" (1.79 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Rugged features and a natural charm have worked for Josh Brolin, the son of actor James Brolin. He has played roles as a policeman, a hunter, and the President of the United States.

Brolin was born February 12, 1968 in Santa Monica, California, to Jane Cameron (Agee), a Texas-born wildlife activist, and James Brolin. Josh was not interested at first in the lifestyle of the entertainment business, in light of his parents' divorce, and both of them being actors. However, during junior year in high school, he took an acting class to see what it was like. He played Stanley in "A Streetcar Named Desire" and became hooked. 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 on such series as Private Eye: Pilot (1987) and The Young Riders (1989). "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 (1989), 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 success. He followed up with the crime film Gang in Blue (1996), 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 on the television series Mister Sterling (2003). In 2004, he married actress Diane Lane but later divorced in 2013.

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: corrupt officer Nick 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). 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 film W. (2008). Despite the mediocre success of W. (2008), he was recognized as the best part of the film, and Milk (2008) was another triumph, critically and commercially.

Brolin then acted in the smaller comedy Women in Trouble (2009) before landing a number of large roles in 2010. The first of these was the film based on the comic book figure Jonah Hex (2010). The film was a box office flop and critically panned, but Brolin also forged a second collaboration with legendary director Oliver Stone for Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010). Brolin played a large role alongside such young stars as Carey Mulligan and Shia LaBeouf, and older thespians such as Michael Douglas, Eli Wallach, and Frank Langella. Brolin's character was Bretton James, a top banker in the film, and also the film's chief antagonist. Brolin also appeared in Woody Allen's London-based film You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010) and a second collaboration with the Coen Brothers, which was a remake of True Grit (1969).

Despite his earlier 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.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Bob Stage

Family (4)

Spouse Kathryn Boyd Brolin (24 September 2016 - present)  (2 children)
Diane Lane (15 August 2004 - 27 November 2013)  (divorced)
Alice Adair (1988 - 1992)  (divorced)  (2 children)
Children Eden Brolin
Trevor Brolin
Westlyn Reign Brolin
Chapel Grace Brolin
Parents James Brolin
Jane Cameron Agee
Barbra Streisand
Relatives Jess Brolin (sibling)
Molly Brolin (half sibling)

Trade Mark (5)

Has frequently been cast in the role of an enforcer of the law
Often plays characters with charismatic personalities who show concern for women
Low-sounding, gruffy voice
Tall and dark appearance with a stocky build
Frequently co-stars with Marley Shelton

Trivia (42)

Lived on a ranch in California with Alice Adair and their two children. He spent five years performing in and directing plays at the Reflections Festival at the GeVa Theater in Rochester, New York. Brolin said, "If I'm any kind of actor now it's because of Rochester.". [1996]
Father of Eden Brolin and Trevor Brolin.
Son of actor James Brolin and Jane Cameron Agee (died 1995).
He won the 24th Annual Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race in Long Beach, California in April 2000 - 22 years after his father won the tournament. This took him just over 18 minutes to complete the course. He outshone 17 other celebrity and professional drivers including George Lucas, John Elway, and actresses Ashley Judd, Melissa Joan Hart and Alyson Hannigan.
Stepson of Barbra Streisand. Ex-stepson of Jan Smithers.
Announced engagement to his girlfriend of two years, Minnie Driver. [April 2001]
Ended engagement and relationship with actress Minnie Driver. [October 2001]
Attended the 2003 Golden Globe Awards with Diane Lane.
Engaged to actress Diane Lane. [July 2003]
Ex-stepfather of Diane Lane's daughter, Eleanor Lambert, from Lane's first marriage to Christopher Lambert.
Collects the art of Malcolm Liepke and Ernst Neizvestny.
His son, Trevor Brolin, sketches all his characters before filming.
Has written various stories and poems based on his mother Jane Cameron Agee (died 1995).
Was named after the character Josh Randall played by Steve McQueen on the television series Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958).
He was co-executive director of Geva Theatre's "Reflections" (three American plays in rotating repertory) from 1991 to 1995 with Anthony Zerbe.
Trained with Sandra Seacat and Stella Adler.
Is a huge fan of John Cassavetes, stating that he has watched A Woman Under the Influence (1974) more than 40 times.
Once aspired to be a chef.
Attended the Film Industry Workshops until the filming of The Goonies (1985), after which he went back for private coaching from Pat George and Tony Miller. His father, James Brolin, also attended the Film Industry Workshops.
When he's not working on films, he enjoys racing cars and surfing.
In May 2006, two days after being cast in the film, No Country for Old Men (2007), he crashed his motorcycle into a vehicle on Highland Avenue in Los Angeles. Luckily, he only shattered his collarbone and two weeks later, he showed up to start filming.
Loves playing the stock market and is an avid day trader. He's so serious about playing Wall Street, he's got the trade station with three computer screens going simultaneously in his house in Los Angeles. He also co-created marketprobability.com, a website giving investors historical stock overviews.
Good friends with Javier Bardem.
He and father James Brolin have both played U.S. Presidents. James played Ronald Reagan, and Josh played George W. Bush.
Is one of 105 people invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) in 2008.
Older brother of Jess Brolin and older half-brother of Molly Brolin (aka Molly Elizabeth Brolin). Stepbrother of actor Jason Gould.
Hosted the highest viewed Saturday Night Live (1975) in 14 years on October 18, 2008, when Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin made a guest appearance.
He was offered the role of Marcus Wright in Terminator Salvation (2009), which he turned down. The role went to Sam Worthington. Also auditioned for the role of "Wild Bill" Wharton in The Green Mile (1999), which went to Sam Rockwell.
Brolin was concerned what reception he would have on location in San Francisco for the production of Milk (2008) 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.
Was the Fox Network's choice to play Officer Tom Hanson on 21 Jump Street (1987), but producer Patrick Hasburgh preferred Johnny Depp instead.
He is of English, Swiss-German, German, Scottish, and Irish descent. His father's original family surname, Bruderlin, originates in Switzerland.
Auditioned for the role of "Wild Bill" Wharton in The Green Mile (1999), which went to Sam Rockwell.
He was considered to play Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), before Ben Affleck was cast.
As of 2022, he has appeared in 4 films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: No Country for Old Men (2007), Milk (2008), True Grit (2010), and Dune (2021). No Country for Old Men (2007) won in the category.
Has a rare distinction of appearing in five different film franchises based on five different comic book publications. He plays the Marvel Comics character Thanos in the expansive Marvel Cinematic Universe (beginning with Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)), another Marvel Comics character Cable/Nathan Summers (beginning with Deadpool 2 (2018)) in X-Men franchise , a young Agent K in Men in Black 3 (2012) in the Malibu/Marvel Comics "Men in Black" franchise, the titular character in DC Comics' Jonah Hex (2010), and Dwight McCarthy in the Dark Horse comics based film Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014).
He played Eddie Mannix in Hail, Caesar! (2016) while his ex-wife Diane Lane played Mannix's wife Toni Mannix in Hollywoodland (2006).
Has appeared with Benicio Del Toro in five films: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Inherent Vice (2014), Sicario (2015), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018).
Josh and longtime friend Benicio Del Toro were once told by then Miramax Films executive Meryl Poster, that they were the worst auditioners she'd ever witnessed.
He was considered for the role of Johnny Rico in Starship Troopers (1997).
First professional theatre role was in Forgiving Typhoid Mary in Rochester, New York.
Born on exactly the same date as Chynna Phillips (of Wilson Phillips fame).
Born at 10:22am-PST.

Personal Quotes (32)

(On Mister Sterling (2003)) I'm so glad that show didn't go, because it was more work then I ever wanna do again, and I love film.
(On his love of the stock market - 2007) I love the competitive part of stocks. A lot of fear and greed, that's all it is. All I see is green and red.
(On landing No Country for Old Men (2007)) The Coen Brothers didn't pitch the project to me, actually. I had read the book first without knowing that there was a movie being made. My agent actually called me and said they were making "No Country" and explained the script to me and said, "No, no. I read the book". She sent me a couple of scenes and then I said, "I can't get out of work". I was working with Robert Rodriguez on Grindhouse (2007) and Robert and Quentin Tarantino helped put me on tape as an audition tape and sent that to the Coens. They were smitten with the lighting and not so much for me. So that was a no. It was only through my agent, Michael Cooper, who is my good friend and a great agent. He's an old time agent; there are few and far between that actually care about their clients. He kept telling Ethan Coen, 'Just meet him. I'm not going to tell you he's the one but I'm going to tell you to just meet him'. I met them on what I found out later was their last casting call and then I got the part.
On playing George W. Bush: Why me? Why would I want to do this movie? "Why would I want to do this to my career?
[on portraying President George W. Bush] When [Oliver Stone] came to me, I was a little insulted. I had such a visceral reaction against it. But then I read the script and I thought it was amazing. I didn't love the story but as a character - following a guy from 21 to 58 - was an incredible challenge for an actor.
(On auditioning for 21 Jump Street (1987)) I wanted any job at that point. They had fired the initial guy and auditioned three other guys, and it came down to Johnny Depp and me. The network wanted me, the producer wanted Johnny. He and I were at his apartment hanging out; our girlfriends were best friends at the time. Johnny had just finished a small part in Platoon (1986) and was talking about what it meant for him to work for this great director, Oliver Stone. The phone rings, it's Johnny's agent. He listens, hangs up, stuffs his clothes into his "Platoon" duffel and just walks out. The next time I saw him, I was doing a guest role on the fourth episode of 21 Jump Street (1987).
(On his movie Thrashin' (1986)) I was so terrible in it. That was one of the movie experiences - along with Hollow Man (2000), a lot of years later - that made me question whether I should be doing something else. I don't want to watch myself in something like that. It's a travesty.
(On landing The Goonies (1985)) This agent started sending me out, but I was so bad, I was told I probably shouldn't do this and that just because my dad was an actor didn't mean I was going to make it. It was horrible. On probably the 300th interview, this thing happened with Richard Donner and Steven Spielberg.
(2010) I only took a high school acting class because there was no other class I wanted to take. I loved it, but I was always against acting as a profession. I didn't like the monetary fluctuations I saw.
(On his school years) I got picked on a lot. I was a complete geek in school. I had braces. I didn't have the hot girlfriend. I wasn't ever sought after. I was a stocky, awkward kid who got laughed off the tennis court when I tried that. Football? Forget it. I didn't have that thing inside me where I wanted to smash against somebody and watch them break. I was too sensitive for that and disliked being that sensitive.
(2010 - on doing romantic comedies) I wouldn't know how to do it. I don't like the genre, and comedies are not fun to do. Everybody on the set gets so serious trying to figure out how to make the timing and jokes right. Ryan Reynolds is one guy who I think nobody can do that better than, and he doesn't get any fucking credit for it. I went back to see him three times in The Proposal (2000). I'm so gay.
(2010 - on getting into trading) I was always good with numbers. Around 2005 I had to sell the ranch, which was sad. I had done a little part in a Steven Spielberg miniseries called Into the West (2005) and met a real financial expert, Brett Markinson, on a plane trip, and we talked the whole time about stock trading. On his advice, I put some of the profit from the sale of the ranch into secured investments, apartments, and the rest, I traded. I read every book there was to read on the subject. I was willing to ask a million questions. Brett liked that I was willing to listen and that I knew he had something to offer as a great teacher. From 5:30 a.m. every day, I'd be pinging him, saying, "I'm looking at this graph. What do think about this stock?" He'd say, "Why would you pick that stock, you fucking moron?" and he'd explain things. Finally, something clicked. I realized that a majority of the experts, Brett expected, had no idea what they were doing and only followed the market trends. I found you can hit pretty much every time or you've overlooked something. It taught me absolute, total discipline. You have to be okay with wins and losses. You can't just be looking for the wins and, when the losses happen, you can't buy more and more because you're sure it's going to bounce. We call that revenge trading.
(2010) I remember saying no when a TV network wanted to give me a holding fee while it came up with another show for me. I got so much shit from my agent, everybody, including my family. Why are you turning this down? Who do you think you are? I'd just go off and hang out with my kids more or go do theater, which I liked but which didn't pay anything. I've heard "Who do you think you are?" so many times in my career for the sole reason that I just didn't want to do what somebody else thought I should do.
(On hosting Saturday Night Live (1975)) For years, I'd thought about that show - could I actually do it - but then you do it and realize everybody's up all night writing the thing and you're given 60 scripts. You sit around a table trying to be good, but the more you want to be good the worse you are. A great experience but really, really tough.
(On some film choices prior to No Country for Old Men (2007)) It was a whole fucking exhausting process to even get the parts I got. I had to fight to get this movie Into the Blue (2005) so Dean Cain wouldn't get it. "I'm Josh Brolin, man", but the studio was like, "Goonies was 20 years ago. We want Dean Cain". Nothing against Dean, a smart guy who knows a lot of people, but they wanted him instead of me because of what? So I get the movie, but the director didn't appreciate that I ask a lot of questions, that I want to try to tweak things, so it was, "Whatever, man, do whatever you're going to do. We should have gotten Dean Cain".
(1996, on landing Flirting with Disaster (1996)) I was living in New York at the time and hanging out with this guy in Los Angeles. I was helping him with his audition (for the part of "Tony" in Flirting with Disaster (1996)) and I ended up falling in love with the script and the character of "Tony" as well. To make a long story short - I ended up getting the part I was helping him get. Sorry to say I haven't seen him since.
(On the armpit licking scene in Flirting with Disaster (1996)) Okay, so Patricia (Patricia Arquette) and I, we had known each other sort of loosely before. Anyway, we were doing this scene the way the scene was written: We kissed and then Ben Stiller's character walks into the room and says, "What are you doing? How are you doing this?" But we saw it and it was boring. So I said, "Well, what if my character had a foot fetish? What if he was sucking on her big toe? He could be talking about her big toe and how beautiful big toes are and how beautiful feet are". But the director, David O. Russell, was like, "Uh . . . I don't know". So then Patricia said, "What about the armpit?" And David says, "Yeah, yeah, that's great". But I was like, "I don't know, man", because I'm thinking, I've got to lick the armpit. And Patricia goes, "Yeah, you could just lick my armpit", and she lifted her arm and, I guess because that's how she saw the character, she had grown out all her underarm hair. Then I had, like, a severe reaction. I said, "No! I don't like that idea. I really like the foot idea. Or maybe we could go with the small of her back. But the underarm thing, I don't think it's proper. It seems a little disgusting to me". Anyway, they were already on it, that it was working. So we shot it and I had to lick her armpit with the hair. Anyway, we saw the footage, and it was so disgusting that David said, "We can't have the hair. Patricia has to shave the hair". So what you see in the film is the third attempt at making that scene playable.
(2009) I have to tell you, you can't have an ego when you're an actor. A lot of actors have them, but in reality most of those people are just sensitive artists dying for a hug and a compliment.
(2009) I would fucking wrack my brain like crazy trying to figure out which films I wanted to be in. Is this going to be good? Is this the right filmmaker? What other actors are involved? Where does it shoot? I'd ask myself all these questions rather then follow my instincts. There shouldn't be so many factors. Decisions should be based on two things: great script, great director. Period.
[on being directed to imitate Tommy Lee Jones in Men in Black 3 (2012)] Tommy's voice is like an elusive instrument somebody made up and nobody knows how to play. I never felt I nailed it.
[on his career, 2012] I like it right now, because I don't feel I've sold out. I feel good about the characters I'm playing and the movies I'm in. I've turned down a lot of 'event' films over the years. Money's neat, money's fun and when somebody's holding out their hands [full of cash], saying 'You want some? You want some?',there's a little bit of withdrawal when you say 'No'.
[on Paul Thomas Anderson's directing style] It's like, Let's go this way, or Let's whisper the lines, and Let's actually take out all the lines and we'll do it like charades once. Or, You know, like hold him - put him on your shoulders and let's do the whole scene like that. He's all over the place. It's just absolute fucking chaos every day, all day. Which is great, 'cause you feel like you've done something.
[on trying out for a part he didn't get] I did an audition for The Fly II (1989). I was living in New York at the time, and I went in there, and he's in a cocoon, transforming into a fly. So I walked in and started reading. You do the voice and you're like [choking sounds] you know, doing your thing. And I ended up on the floor, frothing at the mouth. I got back to my apartment and there was already a message on the machine from my agent that said, 'What the fuck did you do in there? You scared them'.
For twenty years I worked with a lot of people with not a massive amount of talent. And there was always ego, always fights. Working with the Coens - just kicking back a couch and watching them edit - they have two desks that are perpendicular, and Ethan is picking the best takes, and Joel is on the other desk, and when Ethan hits a bell - bing! - Joel looks up and he brings down the take and puts it in. I mean, it's such a simple, amazing process to watch.
[on being directed by Jason Reitman in Labor Day (2013)] For me, with a drama like this that's so laconic in its behavior, I kind of made an ass of myself on the set. A lot of Jason's direction was, 'Please stop moving and fucking around'.
There's this idea that the more successful you are, the more confidence you have, the more you've arrived. There's something intrinsic in me where I think that's a death. That's the death of an actor, the death of skill, the death of what you've been building toward.
I never understand why people offer me roles, whether it's Oliver Stone or Gus Van Sant. I'm not the typical, handsome guy. I'm stout and big boned and they were like, this is the guy we've been waiting for. Who was I? It didn't matter to them what sort of value or financing I brought in, just that I was right for the role. It was cool.
What'd I spend the money on? Drums and drugs. What else was there? I was the last guy to get into heroin, I smoked it, and the first to get out. I was around 16 or 17, so it was around the time of The Goonies. But I liked working and learning, so it was very difficult for me to lend myself to that drug completely. I stole a lot of radios from cars. I could pop the detail with a coat hanger real easy. I got very good at it. I can still do it today. I could do it like that. When I was 19 a fight broke out, and when the police came, I fought the police. I was pretty drunk. To this day, I have no idea what the fight was about. I woke up in jail. I did a bit of jail time. Not much, but a little bit.
I'm an anomaly, I know that. I was living in professional obscurity for a very long time - it wasn't a bad thing, I was very happy, making a living - but I am now the guy who it changed for later on in life. Kind of like Melissa Leo. I had been doing work, I didn't change anything, I just did a movie people saw. That's the difference. The point is: working with Joel and Ethan, you get to watch movies you're proud of being in.
[on portraying George W. Bush in W. (2008)] Before, I wasn't a fan, not in the least. I'll be honest about that. And, like a lot of people, I had a very myopic perception of him. Now, I don't. My opinion of the administration didn't change, and neither did my thoughts on Republicanism. My opinion of him changed, though, because when you humanise someone and you really start to do a lot of research, you see the bigger picture.
[on filming Everest (2015)] [Going to the bathroom on a mountain is] the worst. I would rather summit than have to go to the bathroom.
[asked how much he weighs] I don't know, I'm just fat.

Salary (2)

No Country for Old Men (2007) $100,000
Dune: Part One (2021) $350,000

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