Josh Brolin

Josh James Brolin[2] (/ˈbrlɪn/; born February 12, 1968)[3] is an American actor. Brolin has been nominated at the Academy Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Critics' Choice Movie Awards and Independent Spirit Awards.

Josh Brolin
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Brolin at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con
Born
Josh James Brolin[1]

(1968-02-12) February 12, 1968 (age 52)
EducationTempleton High School
Santa Barbara High School
OccupationActor
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)
Alice Adair
(m. 1988; div. 1994)

Diane Lane
(m. 2004; div. 2013)

Kathryn Boyd (m. 2016)
Children3
Parent(s)James Brolin, Jane Cameron Agee

Brolin has appeared in films such as The Goonies (1985), Mimic (1997), Hollow Man (2000), Grindhouse (2007), No Country for Old Men (2007), American Gangster (2007), W. (2008), Milk (2008), True Grit (2010), Men in Black 3 (2012), Inherent Vice (2014), Sicario (2015), Hail, Caesar! (2016), and Deadpool 2 (2018). He began portraying the role of Marvel Comics supervillain Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, making his first appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).[a] He appeared in the mid-credits scene of Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), and reprised the role in both Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019).

Early lifeEdit

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.[4][5] Brolin was raised on a ranch in Templeton, California,[6] with little exposure to his father's acting career.[7][full citation needed] His parents divorced in 1984, when he was 16 years old.

Brolin said 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,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. I've had 19 friends who died. Most of those guys I grew up with, they're all dead now."[8]

CareerEdit

ActingEdit

 
Brolin at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival

Brolin started his career in TV films and guest roles on TV shows before landing a more notable role as Brandon Walsh in the Richard Donner-directed film The Goonies (1985).[7][full citation needed] 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 the two became close and remained friends. The role ultimately went 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).[7][full citation needed] 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 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.[7][full citation needed] He also played the lead role in the Coen brothers' Academy Award-winning film No Country for Old Men.

In 2008, Brolin also starred in another Oliver Stone film, W., a biopic about key events in the life of President George W. Bush.[7][full citation needed][13] Stone pursued an initially hesitant Brolin for the role. He said of his decision to cast Brolin in the leading role:[14]

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.[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 co-star 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, "[Penn] walked right up and grabbed me and planted a huge one right on my lips," Brolin said.[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.

In 2010, Brolin portrayed the titular character in Jonah Hex, based on the DC Comics' character with the same name.[17] Brolin later played the younger version of Tommy Lee Jones's character Kevin Brown / Agent K in Men in Black 3 (2012),[18] and in 2013 starred in the film Gangster Squad, portraying a fictional World War II veteran named John O'Mara.[19]

Brolin was one of the actors who was considered for the role of Bruce Wayne / Batman in the DC Extended Universe, a deal which would have begun with Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but Ben Affleck was chosen for the role instead.[20] The following year, it was announced that Brolin would play Thanos within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He portrays the character through motion capture performance, as well as voice acting. He cameoed as the character in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), and then reprised Thanos in a starring role in Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and 2019's Avengers: Endgame, which were filmed back-to-back.[21]

In April 2017, Brolin signed a four-film contract with 20th Century Fox studios to portray the Marvel Comics character Nathan Summers / Cable in the X-Men film series. 2018's Deadpool 2 is his first installment within that contract. He is set to reprise his role in Fox's planned X-Force movie.

Writing and directingEdit

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 lifeEdit

Marriages and familyEdit

 
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. One of them is the actress Eden Brolin. [27] He was engaged to actress Minnie Driver for six months.[26] He married actress Diane Lane on August 15, 2004.[28] Brolin and Lane divorced in 2013.[29] In March 2013, Brolin began dating his former assistant and model Kathryn Boyd, who is 20 years his junior.[30] They became engaged in March 2015.[31] The couple married on September 24, 2016[32] and announced on May 29, 2018 that they are expecting their first child together.[33] Brolin announced through Instagram on November 4, 2018 that Boyd had given birth to a daughter, Westlyn Reign Brolin.[34]

Legal troublesEdit

On December 20, 2004, Brolin's wife at the time, Diane Lane, called the police after an altercation with him, and he was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery. Lane declined to press charges and the couple's spokesman characterized the incident as a misunderstanding.[35]

On July 12, 2008, Brolin was arrested after an altercation at the Stray Cat Bar in Shreveport, Louisiana, along with actor Jeffrey Wright and five other men who were crew members of W. Brolin was released after posting a cash bond of $334.[36][37] 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.[38]

Brolin was arrested for public intoxication on New Year's Day, 2013 in Santa Monica, California.[39][40] The remainder of 2013 proved very difficult for him, 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 interestsEdit

Brolin commenced in stock trading in his mid-20s and briefly considered quitting acting. In 2014, he explained 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."[8] He was also co-founder of a now defunct stock trading website.[41]

FilmographyEdit

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year


Association

Category Nominated Work Result Ref.
2009 Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor Milk Nominated [42]
2008 Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Supporting Actor Milk Nominated
2008 Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Cast Ensemble Milk Nominated
2001 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Supporting Actor — Science Fiction Hollow Man Nominated
2008 Central Ohio Film Critics Association Awards Actor of the Year American Gangster
Grindhouse
In the Valley of Elah
No Country for Old Men
Nominated
2011 Central Ohio Film Critics Association Awards Best Ensemble True Grit Nominated
2015 Central Ohio Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Inherent Vice Nominated
2014 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Inherent Vice Nominated
2008 Critics Choice Movie Awards Best Acting Ensemble No Country for Old Men Nominated
2009 Critics Choice Movie Awards Best Supporting Actor Milk Nominated
2009 Critics Choice Movie Awards Best Acting Ensemble Milk Won
2015 Critics Choice Movie Awards Best Supporting Actor Inherent Vice Nominated
2008 Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Milk Nominated
2015 Denver Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actor Inherent Vice Nominated
2008 Detroit Film Critics Society Awards Best Actor W. Nominated
2015 Detroit Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actor Inherent Vice Nominated
2015 Film Club's The Lost Weekend Best Supporting Actor Inherent Vice Won
2011 Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Screen Couple (shared with Megan Fox) Jonah Hex Nominated
2014 Golden Schmoes Awards Best Supporting Actor of the Year Inherent Vice Nominated
2008 Hollywood Film Awards Actor of the Year W. Won
2008 Houston Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actor Milk Nominated
2015 Houston Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actor Inherent Vice Nominated
2015 Independent Spirit Awards Best Ensemble Cast Inherent Vice Won
2008 Indiewire Critics' Poll Awards Best Supporting Actor Milk Nominated
2014 Indiewire Critics' Poll Awards Best Supporting Actor Inherent Vice Nominated
2009 International Cinephile Society Awards Best Supporting Actor Milk Nominated
2009 International Online Cinema Awards Best Supporting Actor Milk Nominated
2015 International Online Cinema Awards Best Supporting Actor Inherent Vice Nominated
2009 International Online Film Critics Poll Awards Best Lead Actor W. Nominated
2009 Irish Film and Television Awards Best International Actor W. Nominated
2009 London Critics Circle Film Awards Actor of the Year W. Nominated
2018 MTV Movie + TV Awards Best Villain Avengers: Infinity War Nominated
2019 Avengers: Endgame Won
2007 National Board of Review Awards Best Acting by an Ensemble No Country for Old Men Won
2008 National Board of Review Awards Best Supporting Actor Milk Won
2009 National Society of Film Critics Awards Best Supporting Actor Milk Nominated
2008 New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actor Milk Won
2015 North Carolina Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Inherent Vice Nominated
2009 OFTA Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Milk Nominated
2014 Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actor Inherent Vice Nominated
2007 Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama No Country for Old Men Nominated
2008 Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Comedy or Musical W. Nominated
2015 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor Inherent Vice Nominated
2019 Avengers: Infinity War Won
2008 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture American Gangster Nominated
2008 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture No Country for Old Men Won
2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role Milk Nominated
2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Milk Nominated
2015 Seattle Film Critics Awards Best Supporting Actress Inherent Vice Nominated
2007 St. Louis Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor No Country for Old Men Nominated
2008 St. Louis Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Milk Nominated
2014 St. Louis Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Inherent Vice Nominated
2012 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Chemistry (shared with Will Smith) Men in Black 3 Nominated
2018 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Villain Avengers: Infinity War Nominated [43]
2019 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Villain Avengers: Endgame Won [44]
2008 Toronto Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Milk Nominated
2014 Toronto Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Inherent Vice Nominated
2009 Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actor Milk Nominated
2008 Village Voice Film Poll Awards Best Supporting Actor Milk Nominated
2014 Village Voice Film Poll Awards Best Supporting Actor Inherent Vice Nominated
1993 Western Heritage Awards Fictional Television Drama (actor) The Young Riders Won
2011 Western Heritage Awards Theatrical Motion Picture (actor) True Grit Won

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The character first appeared in The Avengers (2012), although he was portrayed by Damion Poitier.

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