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Josh James Brolin (born February 12, 1968) is an Academy Award nominated Americanmarker actor. He has acted in theater, film and television roles since 1985, and won acting awards for his roles in the films No Country for Old Men and Milk.

Early life

Brolin was born in Los Angeles, Californiamarker, the son of Jane Cameron Agee, a wildlife activist and native of Corpus Christi, Texasmarker, and actor James Brolin. Brolin was raised on a California ranch with little exposure to his father's acting career. His parents divorced when he was 18 and his stepmother by his father's current marriage is singer/actress Barbra Streisand. He became interested in acting after taking an improv acting class in high school.


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). He was then offered the role of Tom Hanson in the series 21 Jump Street, but turned it down to star in the series Private Eye (1987), which lasted half a season. The role of Hanson instead went to Johnny Depp. Brolin guest-starred in an episode of the show in its first season.

For several years, Brolin appeared in stage roles in Rochester, New Yorkmarker, 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). 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 mainly of supporting, villainous roles. His most recent film work includes the Planet Terror segment of the Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez collaboration Grindhouse, the Coen brothers' Academy Award-winning film No Country for Old Men, and Gus van Sant's Milk. His biggest box office success to date was as the menacing Detective Trupo in American Gangster (2007), which grossed US$265,495,454 worldwide.

Brolin also starred in director Oliver Stone's 2008 film W., a biopic about key events in the life of President George W. Bush. Stone pursued an initially hesitant Brolin for the role. He said of his decision to cast Brolin in the leading role:

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 Franciscomarker Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone. He made news by wearing a White Knot to the Academy Awards ceremony to demonstrate solidarity with the marriage equality movement. 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 cast-mates 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." Brolin has received critical acclaim for his performance and, in addition to his Oscar nomination, 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.

When he is not acting, Brolin is an active stock trader and is co-founder of the site

Personal life

Brolin has been married to actress Diane Lane since August 15, 2004. Brolin has two children, Trevor Mansur (b. 26 June 1988) and Eden (b. 1994) from a previous marriage to actress Alice Adair. On December 20, 2004, 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.

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, Louisianamarker. Brolin was released after posting a cash bond of US$334. Of his arrest, Brolin told 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." Charges against all seven men were later dropped by Shreveport prosecutors.

His childhood nickname is "Dirty".

He endorsed Barack Obama during the 2008 election.


Year Film Role Notes
1985 The Goonies Brandon "Brand" Walsh
1986 Thrashin' Corey Webster
1987 Private Eyemarker Johny Betz TV series
1989 The Young Riders James Butler Hickok TV series
1995 Outer Limits: Season 1: Episode 8: Virtual Future Jack Pierce (Star) TV Series
1996 Bed of Roses Danny
1996 Flirting with Disaster Tony Kent
1997 Mimic Josh
Nightwatch James Gallman
1999 The Mod Squad Billy Waites
Best Laid Plans Bryce
It's the Rage Tennel
2000 Picnic Hal Carter TV
Hollow Man Matt Kensington
Slow Burn Duster
2003 Mister Sterling Senator Bill Sterling TV series
2005 Melinda and Melinda Greg Earlinger
Into the West Jedediah Smith miniseries
Into the Blue Derek Bates
2006 The Dead Girl Tarlow
2007 Grindhouse - Planet Terror Dr. William Block
In the Valley of Elah Chief Buchwald
No Country for Old Men Llewelyn Moss
American Gangster Det. Trupo
2008 W. George W. Bush
Milk Dan White New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

2010 Jonah Hex Jonah Hex post-production
You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger filming
Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps Bretton James filming


  1. Screen World 2003, By John Willis, Barry Monush. Published by Hal Leonard Corporation, 2004. ISBN 1557835284, 9781557835284
  2. Stated on Inside the Actors Studio, 2008
  3. RTÉ.ie Entertainment: Stone and Brolin to make Bush biopic
  4. Josh Brolin page
  6. New York Crime Headlines and Articles - NY Daily News
  7. Attorney says charges against Brolin to be dropped Yahoo News, January 6, 2009

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