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Josh Brolin
File:Josh Brolin Berlin 2016.jpg
Brolin at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival in February 2016
Josh James Brolin

(1968-02-12) February 12, 1968 (age 56)
Years active1985–present
Alice Adair
(m. 1988; div. 1994)

Diane Lane
(m. 2004; div. 2013)

Kathryn Boyd
(m. after 2016)
FamilyJames Brolin (father)
Barbra Streisand (stepmother)
Roslyn Kind (step-aunt)
Jason Gould (stepbrother)

Josh James Brolin[1] (English pronunciation: ; born February 12, 1968)[2] is an American actor. His first role was in the 1985 film The Goonies. Since then he has appeared in a wide number of films, and is best known for his work as Llewellyn Moss in No Country for Old Men, young Agent K in Men in Black 3, George W. Bush in W. and Dan White in Milk, for which he received Academy Award and SAG Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor. Other roles include Hollow Man, In the Valley of Elah, American Gangster, True Grit, and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. In 2015, he appeared in Everest and Sicario. He has also made two appearances through motion capture and voice acting as the villain Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a role he is slated to reprise in the upcoming films Avengers: Infinity War and its untitled sequel.

Early life[]

Brolin was born in Santa Monica, California, the son of Jane Cameron (Agee), a wildlife activist who was a native of Corpus Christi, Texas, and actor James Brolin.[3][4] Brolin was raised on a ranch in Templeton, California,[5] with little exposure to his father's acting career.[6] His parents divorced when he was 16 years old. In 1998 his father married his third wife, singer/actress Barbra Streisand.[7] Brolin became interested in acting after taking an improv acting class in high school.[6]

Brolin explained in a 2014 interview that during his teenage years, he was a member of a surfing friendship group who called themselves the "Cito Rats". In his description of the group, he stated: "It was Santa Barbara. It was the '80s. It was punk rock. You either had the children of rich, neglectful parents or children of poor, neglectful parents, so it was a mix. But we basically grew up the same way. I've never seen a group like that before or since." He admitted to stealing cars to pay for his drug use, which included heroin, a drug that he explained he did not like: "I mean, I never got into it and I never died from it, which is a good thing." The majority of the friends with whom he grew up died; he confirmed the total number of fatalities as 24.[8]



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Brolin at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival.

Brolin started his career in TV films and guest spots on TV shows before getting a more notable role as Brand Walsh in the Richard Donner-directed film The Goonies (1985).[6] 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. The role was ultimately awarded to Depp.[9][10] Brolin guest-starred in an episode of the show in its first season.[11]

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.[12] 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).[6] 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 at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival

Brolin's extensive film work consists of many villainous roles in late-2000s/early-2010s 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.[6] 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.[6][13] Stone pursued an initially hesitant Brolin for the role. He said of his decision to cast Brolin in the leading role:[14] Template:Pull quote

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.[15] He made news by wearing a White Knot to the Academy Awards ceremony to demonstrate solidarity with the marriage equality movement.[16] 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."[14] 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 2010 film of the same name.[17]

Brolin also played the younger version of Tommy Lee Jones's character, Agent K, in Men in Black 3 released in May 2012.[18] A year later, he starred in the film Gangster Squad portraying John O'Mara released in 2013 which was originally scheduled for release in September 2012.[19]

Brolin was a top contender for the role of Batman in Zack Snyder's sequel to the 2013 film Man of Steel, but the role was given to Ben Affleck.[20] Brolin voiced Marvel villain Thanos in the superhero films Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron.[21]

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.[22]

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.[23][24][25]

Personal life[]

Marriages and family[]


Brolin with then-wife Diane Lane in December 2009

Brolin was married to actress Alice Adair from 1988 until 1994;[26] they have two children, Trevor Mansur (born June 1988) and Eden (born 1994). He was engaged to actress Minnie Driver for six months.[26] He later married actress Diane Lane on August 15, 2004.[27] Brolin and Lane filed for divorce in February 2013. The divorce was made official November 27, 2013.[28] In March 2015, Brolin became engaged to his former assistant and model Kathryn Boyd.[29] The couple married on September 24, 2016.[30]

Legal issues[]

On December 20, 2004, Brolin's then 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.[31]

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.[32][33] 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."[14] Charges against all seven men were later dropped by Shreveport prosecutors.[34]

Brolin was arrested for public intoxication on New Year's Day, 2013, in Santa Monica, California.[35] The remainder of 2013 proved very difficult for Brolin and he later explained: "Well, it was another turning point. It made me think of a lot of things. My mom dying when I was in my 20s. All the impact that had on me that I hadn't moved past; I was always such a momma's boy. But I realized that I was on a destructive path. I knew that I had to change and mature."[8]

Business interests[]

Brolin commenced active stock trading in his mid 20s and briefly considered quitting acting. In 2014, he explained that he made a large amount of money over a three-year period: "Fear and greed, that's all that there is. And I traded very specifically. I found momentum stocks that had room to breathe and I just grab a little of the breath." He was also co-founder of the now defunct stock trading website[36]



Year Title Role Director Notes
1985 The Goonies Brandon "Brand" Walsh Richard Donner
1986 Thrashin' Corey Webster David Winters
1994 The Road Killers Tom
1996 Bed of Roses Danny Michael Goldenberg
1996 Flirting with Disaster Tony Kent David O. Russell
1997 Mimic Josh Guillermo del Toro
1997 Nightwatch James Gallman Ole Bornedal
1999 The Mod Squad Billy Waites Scott Silver
1999 Best Laid Plans Bryce Mike Barker
1999 It's the Rage Tennel James D. Stern
2000 Hollow Man Matt Kensington Paul Verhoeven Nominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor – Science Fiction
2000 Slow Burn Duster Christian Ford
2005 Melinda and Melinda Greg Earlinger Woody Allen
2005 Into the Blue Derek Bates John Stockwell
2006 The Dead Girl Tarlow Karen Moncrieff
2007 Grindhouse Dr. William Block Robert Rodriguez & Quentin Tarantino Segment: Planet Terror
2007 In the Valley of Elah Chief Buchwald Paul Haggis
2007 No Country for Old Men Llewelyn Moss Joel and Ethan Coen National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Nominated—St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
2007 American Gangster Det. Reno Trupo Ridley Scott Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2008 W. George W. Bush Oliver Stone Nominated—IFTA Award for Best International Actor
Nominated—London Film Critics' Circle Award for Actor of the Year
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
2008 Milk Dan White Gus Van Sant Broadcast 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
Nominated—Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supportting Role
2009 Women in Trouble Nick Chapel Sebastian Gutierrez Comedy
2009 The People Speak Himself Howard Zinn, Chris Moore, & Anthony Arnove Documentary
2010 Jonah Hex Jonah Hex Jimmy Hayward
2010 The Tillman Story Himself Amir Bar-Lev Narrator[37]
2010 You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger Roy Woody Allen
2010 Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Bretton James Oliver Stone
2010 True Grit Tom Chaney Joel and Ethan Coen
2012 Men in Black 3 Young Agent K Barry Sonnenfeld
2013 Gangster Squad John O'Mara Ruben Fleischer
2013 Oldboy Joe Doucett Spike Lee
2013 Labor Day Frank Chambers Jason Reitman
2014 Guardians of the Galaxy Thanos James Gunn Uncredited cameo
2014 Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Dwight McCarthy Robert Rodriguez & Frank Miller
2014 Inherent Vice Lt. Det. Christian "Bigfoot" Bjornsen Paul Thomas Anderson Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Detroit Film Critics Society for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor (runner-up)
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron Thanos Joss Whedon Uncredited cameo
2015 Sicario Matt Graver Denis Villeneuve
2015 Everest Beck Weathers Baltasar Kormákur
2016 Hail, Caesar! Eddie Mannix Joel and Ethan Coen
2017 Granite Mountain Joseph Kosinski Post-production
2017 The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter Jody Hill Post-production
2017 Suburbicon George Clooney Post-production
2017 Soldado Matt Graver Stefano Sollima Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1987–1988 Private Eye Johnny Betz 7 episodes
1987 21 Jump Street Taylor Rolator Episode: "My Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades"
1989 Finish Line Glenn Television movie
1989–1992 The Young Riders James Butler Hickok 68 episodes
1994 Winnetka Road Jack Passion 6 episodes
1995 The Outer Limits Jack Pierce Episode: "Virtual Future"
1997 Gang in Blue Keith DeBruler Television film
2000 Picnic Hal Carter Television film
2003 Mister Sterling Senator Bill Sterling 10 episodes
2005 Into the West Jedediah Smith Episode: "Wheel to the Stars"
2008–2012 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) 2 episodes
2012 Mankind: The Story of All of Us Narrator (voice) 12 episodes


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