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Also Known As: Josh J Brolin Died:
Born: February 12, 1968 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Templeton, California, USA Profession: actor, artistic director, director

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As the son of James Brolin, stepson of Barbra Streisand and husband of Diane Lane, actor Josh Brolin forged his career in the shadow of three formidable talents. In fact, ever since his debut in "The Goonies" (1985), Brolin languished for years in roles that were well below his station. Adding to his self-determined persona was an ability to get into occasional trouble - whether it was being mauled by a mountain lion, crashing his motorcycle weeks before shooting a major film, or making headlines with an arrest for a domestic dispute - Brolin had a knack for generating publicity in interesting ways. Meanwhile, he worked steadily throughout his career, though he suffered a string of mediocre movies that included "The Road Killers" (1994), "The Mod Squad" (1999) and "Hollow Man" (2000). But he began to step away from such lowbrow fare with a turn in Woody Allen's serio-comedy "Melinda and Melinda" (2005) and eventually broke free with his acclaimed performance in the Oscar-winning "No Country for Old Men" (2007). He played a crooked cop in "American Gangster" (2007), the bumbling President of the United States in "W." (2008), and San Francisco politician and assassin Dan White in "Milk" (2008). Though...

As the son of James Brolin, stepson of Barbra Streisand and husband of Diane Lane, actor Josh Brolin forged his career in the shadow of three formidable talents. In fact, ever since his debut in "The Goonies" (1985), Brolin languished for years in roles that were well below his station. Adding to his self-determined persona was an ability to get into occasional trouble - whether it was being mauled by a mountain lion, crashing his motorcycle weeks before shooting a major film, or making headlines with an arrest for a domestic dispute - Brolin had a knack for generating publicity in interesting ways. Meanwhile, he worked steadily throughout his career, though he suffered a string of mediocre movies that included "The Road Killers" (1994), "The Mod Squad" (1999) and "Hollow Man" (2000). But he began to step away from such lowbrow fare with a turn in Woody Allen's serio-comedy "Melinda and Melinda" (2005) and eventually broke free with his acclaimed performance in the Oscar-winning "No Country for Old Men" (2007). He played a crooked cop in "American Gangster" (2007), the bumbling President of the United States in "W." (2008), and San Francisco politician and assassin Dan White in "Milk" (2008). Though he stumbled a bit as the lead in "Jonah Hex" (2010), Brolin rebounded with "True Grit" (2010), proving that his transformation into a highly sought after leading man was no fluke.

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Raised in California
1985:
Feature debut in the Richard Donner-directed movie "Goonies," penned by Chris Columbus from a story by Steven Spielberg
1986:
Starred in the skateboarding drama "Thrashin'"
1987:
Made TV acting debut in the movie "Prison for Children" (CBS)
1987:
Debut as series regular on the short-lived "Private Eye" (NBC)
1989:
Played opposite his father James Brolin (as father and son) in TNT movie "Finish Line"
1989:
Played a young Wild Bill Hickock in "The Young Riders" (ABC); father directed him in one episode
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Co-founded the Reflections Festival at the GeVa Theatre in Rochester, NY and worked there five years as an artistic director, acting in, and directing productions
1994:
Cast as a cop romancing two women on the short-lived NBC primetime soap opera "Winnetka Road"
1996:
Co-starred in "Flirting With Disaster" as a bisexual cop who, in a memorable sex scene, licks Patricia Arquette's armpit
1997:
Turned up as a wise-acre lab rat in "Mimic"
1998:
Cast in the thriller "Nightwatch," a remake of the 1995 Danish film "Nattevagten" (1994); film reteamed him with Arquette
1998:
Cast in his father's directorial debut "My Brother's War," a political thriller set in Northen Ireland; father also acted in film
1999:
Played the former druggie boyfriend of Claire Danes' Julie in the film adaptation of the classic TV series "The Mod Squad"
1999:
Landed featured role as a shallow, self-centered academic caught accused of assaulting a young woman in "Best Laid Plans"
2000:
Starred opposite Gretchen Mol in the CBS remake of "Picnic"
2000:
Made Broadway debut in revival of Sam Shepard's "True West"; alternated leading role of brothers with co-star Elias Koteas
2000:
Portrayed Kevin Bacon's scientist rival in Paul Verhoeven's "The Hollow Man"
2002:
Co-starred opposite Timothy Olyphant in Victor Nunez' "Coastlines"
2003:
Cast as the title character on NBC's short-lived drama "Mister Sterling"
2005:
Cast in the Woody Allen comedy "Melinda and Melinda"
2005:
Appeared in the Steven Spielberg-produced TNT miniseries "Into the West"
2007:
Starred in "Planet Terror," Robert Rodriguez's half of the gore-tastic double feature "Grind House," a collaboration with Quentin Tarantino
2007:
Played a crooked narcotics agent in Ridley Scott's drug dealer epic "American Gangster"
2007:
Co-starred with Tommy Lee Jones and Javier Bardem in the Coen brothers' "No Country for Old Men"
2008:
Portrayed George W. Bush in Oliver Stone's controversial film "W." about the 43rd President of the United States
2008:
Co-starred in Gus Van Sant's Harvey Milk biopic "Milk" as city supervisor Dan White, who assassinated San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone; earned SAG and Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor
2010:
Played the title character in the Western action/drama "Jonah Hex" opposite Megan Fox and John Malkovich
2010:
Co-starred in Oliver Stone's "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," the sequel to his 1987 Academy Award-winning film
2010:
Played a drifter named Tom Chaney in the Western written and directed by the Coen brothers "True Grit"
2012:
Reunited with Tommy Lee Jones, playing the younger version of Jones' Agent K in "Men in Black III"
2013:
Played Sgt. John O'Mara opposite "Milk" co-star Sean Penn in crime drama "Gangster Squad"
2013:
Starred in Spike Lee's remake of "Oldboy"
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Notes

"I played the jock older brother in 'Goonies' when I was in high school. I was reading Stanislavsky and Uta Hagen books on the set to prepare, and [producer] Steven Spielberg looked at me and said, 'Just fucking scream, man.'"---Josh Brolin quoted in Interview, March 1997.

"My mother was a real character. She ran away to L.A. at seventeen, and one of the first people she hooked up with was Clint Eastwood and his wife. She was also friends with Marlon Brando ... he once called in the middle of the night and said, 'Jane, you gotta get over here. There's an emergency.' And she gets there and he leads her into the bedroom and says, 'Take your clothes off. I'll be out in fifteen minutes,' and goes into the bathroom and shuts the door. My mom writes this note, 'C'mon, Marlon, get a fucking grip,' and leaves."

"A year later she's taking care of Clint's house and she calls Brando up and says, 'Do you want to come over and have some chicken?' Marlon was going through everything in the house, every album, every drawer, every picture, every piece of underwear. My mom said, 'Chicken's almost ready.' She went to the bathroom, and she came out and there's a note: 'Sorry, I couldn't stay,' and the chicken was gone."---Brolin to Details, April 1997.

"Anything I possess that's positive and good is because of fatherhood. I don't know what would have happened if I hadn't become a father so young. I totally believe my kids saved me in every way, like somebody who finds religion."---Brolin to Details, April 1997.

On December 19, 2004, Brolin was arrested on suspicion of battery for allegedly beating his wife of four months, Oscar nominated actress Diane Lane; a spokeswoman for the couple said the incident was a "misunderstanding" and that Lane is not filing charges.

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wife:
Alice Adair. Actor. Born c. 1965; met in 1987 while both were working on the ABC series "Private Eye"; married in 1989; divorced c. 1992; reunited and had daughter; separated a second time.
companion:
Minnie Driver. Actor. Acted together in "Slow Burn" (filmed in 1998); announced engagement in April 2001; announced separation in October 2001.
wife:
Diane Lane. Actress. Dating as of January 2002; engaged July 4, 2003; married August 15, 2004 at Brolin's Central California Ranch.

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father:
James Brolin. Actor. Born on July 18, 1940; divorced from Brolin's mother; later married to actress Jan Smithers and singer-actress-director Barbra Streisand.
mother:
Jane Brolin. Born on October 19, 1939 in Texas; met James Brolin when she was working as assistant casting director on the ABC-TV series "Batman"; married in 1967; divorced in 1985; worked with the Department of Fish and Game, reclaiming animals that had been illegally taken out of the wild; died at age 55 on February 13, 1995 when she drove her car into a tree.
step-mother:
Barbra Streisand. Singer, actor, producer, director. Married James Brolin on July 1, 1998.
brother:
Jess Brolin. Born on February 7, 1972.
half-sister:
Molly Elizabeth Brolin. Born on November 28, 1987; mother, Jan Smithers.
step-brother:
Jason Emmanuel Gould. Actor, filmmaker. Son of Barbra Streisand and Elliot Gould; born on December 29, 1966; played Streisand's son in "The Prince of Tides" (1991).
son:
Trevor Mansur Brolin. Born on June 26, 1988; mother, Alice Adair.
daughter:
Eden Brolin. Born c. 1994; mother, Alice Adair.
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