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Josh James Brolin (pronounced /ˈbroʊlɨn/; born February 12, 1968) is an American actor. He has acted in theater, film and television roles since 1985, and won acting awards for his roles in the films W., No Country for Old Men, Milk and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. He appeared in True Grit, a 2010 western film adaptation of the 1968 novel by Charles Portis.

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. 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 is singer/actress Barbra Streisand. He became interested in acting after taking an improv acting class in high school.

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). 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 friends. The role was ultimately awarded to Depp, but the two of them remained friends. Brolin guest-starred in an episode of the show in its first season.

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. 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). 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.

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:

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. 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 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." 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. He portrayed Jonah Hex in the film with the same name

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.

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

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.

Personal life

Brolin was married to actress Alice Adair from 1988 to 1992; they have two children, Trevor Mansur (b. 26 June 1988) and Eden (b. 1994). He was engaged to actress Minnie Driver for six months. He has been married to actress Diane Lane since August 15, 2004. 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, Louisiana. 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.

Filmography

Film and television

1985 Goonies, TheThe Goonies Brandon "Brand" Walsh

1986 Thrashin' Corey Webster

1987 Private Eye Johnny Betz TV series

1989 Young Riders, TheThe Young Riders James Butler Hickok TV series

1995 Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits Jack Pierce TV series, episode: "Virtual Future"

1996 Bed of Roses Danny

1996 Flirting with Disaster Tony Kent

1997 Mimic Josh

1997 Nightwatch James Gallman

1999 Mod Squad, TheThe Mod Squad Billy Waites

1999 Best Laid Plans Bryce

1999 It's the Rage Tennel

2000 Picnic Hal Carter TV

2000 Hollow Man Matt Kensington Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor – Science Fiction

2000 Slow Burn Duster

2003 Mister Sterling Senator Bill Sterling TV series

2005 Melinda and Melinda Greg Earlinger

2005 Into the West Jedediah Smith TV miniseries

2005 Into the Blue Derek Bates

2006 Dead Girl, TheThe Dead Girl Tarlow

2007 Grindhouse Dr. William Block Segment: Planet Terror

2007 In the Valley of Elah Chief Buchwald

2007 No Country for Old Men Llewelyn Moss National 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

2007 American Gangster Det. Reno Trupo Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

2008 W. George W. Bush Nominated—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

2008 Milk Dan White 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

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

2009 People Speak, TheThe People Speak Himself Documentary

2010 Jonah Hex Jonah Hex

2010 Tillman Story, TheThe Tillman Story Himself Narrator

2010 You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger Roy

2010 Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Bretton James

2010 True Grit Tom Chaney

2012 Men In Black III Younger Kevin Brown/Agent K filming

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