James Brolin (/ˈbroʊlɪn/; born Craig Kenneth Bruderlin, July 18, 1940) is an American actor, producer, and director, known for his roles in film and television, including sitcoms and soap operas. He is the father of actor Josh Brolin and husband of Barbra Streisand. Brolin has won two Golden Globes and an Emmy. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on August 10, 2016.
Brolin in 2013
Craig Kenneth Bruderlin
July 18, 1940
|Residence||Malibu, California, U.S.|
|Alma mater||University High School|
|Occupation||Actor, producer, director|
|Home town||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
Jane Cameron Agee
(m. 1966; div. 1984)
(m. 1986; div. 1995)
|Children||3, including Josh Brolin|
Brolin was born in Westwood, Los Angeles, California. The eldest of two brothers and two sisters, he was the son of Helen Sue (née Mansur), a housewife, and Henry Hurst Bruderlin, a building contractor. As a young child, he was apparently more interested in animals and airplanes, which he began building and flying when he was 10, than in acting. As a teenaged filmgoer in the mid-1950s, he was particularly fascinated with actor James Dean, and he began shooting 8 mm films. When his parents invited a director over to his family's house for dinner before auditioning, he met another fellow actor and classmate, Ryan O'Neal, who was about a year younger than Brolin. The two clicked and later enrolled in University High School located in West Los Angeles. However, Brolin's own acting exposed his stifling shyness. His assurance grew when O'Neal invited him to a casting agency. Brolin graduated from high school in 1958, and his family was already encouraging him to become an actor like O'Neal.
Brolin attended Santa Monica City College and studied drama at the University of California at Los Angeles before getting a contract with 20th Century Fox in 1960. At Fox, he started out as a contract player in Sandra Dee movies. Brolin appeared on an episode of Bus Stop in 1961. The part led to parts in other television productions such as Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea; Margie; Love, American Style; Twelve O'Clock High; and The Long, Hot Summer. He made three guest appearances on the popular 1960s series Batman, alongside Adam West and Burt Ward, as well as roles in The Virginian, and Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law alongside Arthur Hill and Lee Majors. He also had a recurring role on the short-lived television series The Monroes.
At the age of 20, he changed his surname from "Bruderlin" to "Brolin" to become James Brolin. While in school struggling to make it big, he met actor Clint Eastwood. Brolin also had small roles in several films including Take Her, She's Mine (1963), Dear Brigitte (1965), Von Ryan's Express (1965), and Fantastic Voyage (1966). The following year, his first big role was in The Cape Town Affair (1967), but it did not receive any success at the box office. Brolin was ultimately fired by 20th Century Fox.
During the 1970s, the 6 ft 4 inch Brolin began appearing in leading roles in films, including Skyjacked (1972) and Westworld (1973). By the mid 1970s, he was a regular leading man in films, starring in Gable and Lombard (1976), The Car (1977), Capricorn One (1978, in which he costarred with Elliott Gould, Streisand's ex-husband), The Amityville Horror (1979), Night of the Juggler (1980), and High Risk (1981). When Roger Moore expressed his desire to leave the role of James Bond, Brolin screen tested for the role in the next film Octopussy (1983) and was tentatively given the part. Ultimately, however, Moore decided to continue in the series.
In 1985, Brolin parodied his near-hiring as James Bond in the film Pee-Wee's Big Adventure. In a film within the film, he merged the characters of Bond and Pee-Wee Herman, the "real" version of whom was played by Paul Reubens. He is referred to as "PW" and the role of Pee-Wee Herman's girlfriend "Dottie" is played by Morgan Fairchild.
In 1968, Brolin transferred to Universal Studios, where he auditioned for a co-starring role opposite seasoned actor Robert Young in the popular medical drama Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969–1976). The series was one of the top-rated television shows of the day. Brolin became widely known for his portrayal of youthful, skilled assistant physician Dr. Steven Kiley. The chemistry between Young & Brolin clicked, and even came to attract young women for its medical interest throughout the show's run. In its first season in 1970, Brolin won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, and was subsequently nominated three more times. He was also nominated for Golden Globes three times for Best Supporting Actor, and won twice between 1971 and 1973. Brolin also starred in the television films Short Walk to Daylight (1972) and Trapped (1973). He and his first wife Jane also appeared on several episodes of the 1970s game show Tattletales.
In 1983, Brolin returned to television to star in another series and teamed with producer Aaron Spelling's prime-time soap opera, Hotel, for ABC. On Hotel Brolin played Peter McDermott, a hotel manager.
For Hotel Brolin was nominated twice for Golden Globes between 1983 and 1984 for Best Performance By an Actor in a TV Series, but did not win either time. He would eventually serve as a director on the show, as well. On one episode of Hotel, he invited his future wife Jan Smithers to guest-star on the show as the writers suggested that they develop a storyline for them, as Brolin was going through a difficult divorce at the time. By 1988, after 5 seasons, Hotel was about to close its doors for good and the show was cancelled. That same year, his co-star, Nathan Cook had died of an allergic reaction to penicillin, and Brolin along with the rest of his cast attended his funeral.
Actress Connie Sellecca said of Brolin's on-screen chemistry with her on Hotel, "I remember instantly feeling comfortable with Jim, and that's the thing that Jim has as to women, most women, they need to feel safe, and Jim gets that." She also said, "To have him in a different role and have that confidence, it was a wonderful experience." After the show's cancellation, Sellecca continues to be good friends with Brolin. In 1992, her mentor was in attendance at her wedding to John Tesh.
In 1997, Brolin's luck changed with the syndicated television series Pensacola: Wings of Gold. He played the role of Lt. Col. Bill "Raven" Kelly, whose job was to teach young Marines in a special unit, before being promoted to work with a group of talented Marine fighter pilots. Brolin served as an executive producer and director on the series. In 2000, however, the show was cancelled after 66 episodes due to low ratings.
In 1997, he also hosted Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction, a television series that shows five stories which have to do with the paranormal and supernatural. Jonathan Frakes took his place after the first season of the show.
In 1997, Brolin guest-starred on Roseanne. In Part 1 ("Lanford's Elite"), Roseanne & Jackie go to a luncheon at the Lanford Country Club, where they meet the son of their old boss Edgar Wellman Jr. (Brolin) of the Wellman Plastics factory. It appears that the factory is in need of financial help and Roseanne's money could save the factory. In Part 2 ("Some Enchanted Merger"), once the Wellman Plastics buyout is completed, Roseanne is at a loss for what to do when a mutual attraction springs between herself and Wellman.
Brolin has had a number of supporting roles in major cinema releases since 2000. These include (amongst others) the role of General Ralph Landry, outgoing director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy in Steven Soderbergh's Oscar-winning Traffic (2000); as Jack Barnes in Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can (2002); a minor role in the 2003 comedy A Guy Thing; as philandering husband Robert Hatch in the 2006 comedy The Alibi (released in the UK as Lies and Alibis); as Jack Jennings in the 2007 film The American Standards; as TV network anchor Frank Harris in Richard Shepard's The Hunting Party (2007); and as Brian in Joel Hopkins' 2008 film Last Chance Harvey with Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman.
In late 2003, Brolin portrayed Ronald Reagan in the television film The Reagans. The film was originally meant to air on CBS, but after creative differences, scripts controversies, and rising costs, CBS passed on the film, and it aired on cable channel Showtime, also owned by Viacom. The role earned Brolin his fifth Emmy Award nomination, as well as his fifth Golden Globe nomination.
In 2005, Brolin guest starred on the TV series Monk as casino owner Daniel Thorn. In 2006, Brolin appeared in the A&E Network film Wedding Wars, playing an anti-gay marriage governor. In 2008, Brolin guest starred on Law & Order: SVU as astronaut Col. Dick Finley. The same year, Brolin also starred in the lead role in the Sci-Fi Channel film Lost City Raiders.
Brolin appeared in the 2009 comedy film The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard.
He also appeared in a 2009 episode of Psych, titled "High Noon-ish", in which he played the sheriff of a tourist-attracting "Wild West" town. The episode was in part a parody of the 1973 film Westworld, in which he had starred.
Brolin has been married three times and has three children.
In 1966, he married Jane Cameron Agee, a wildlife activist and aspiring actress at Twentieth Century Fox, 12 days after they first met. The couple had two children, Josh (b. 1968), and Jess (b. 1972). They were divorced in 1984. Jane died in a car accident on February 13, 1995, one day after son Josh's 27th birthday. Josh said on the October 14, 2008, episode of the Late Show with David Letterman that his parents met on the TV series Batman, where his mother was a casting executive. James Brolin is the grandfather of Trevor (b. 1988) and Eden (b. 1994), from his son Josh's first marriage, as well as Westlyn (b. 2018) from Josh’s third marriage.
In the late 1970s, Brolin started a brief, but relatively successful, career in sports car racing. After success in several celebrity auto races, he entered the 1979 24 Hours Nürburgring as part of the AMC Spirit team. Brolin's two-car team, which included accomplished female racer Lyn St. James, finished both 1st and 2nd in class.
In 1985, Brolin met actress Jan Smithers on the set of Hotel, and they married in 1986. The couple had a daughter, Molly Elizabeth (b. 1987). Jan Smithers filed for divorce from Brolin in 1995.
|1963||Take Her, She's Mine||Mel||Uncredited|
|1965||Von Ryan's Express||Private Ames|
|1966||Our Man Flint||GALAXY technician||Uncredited|
|1967||The Cape Town Affair||Skip McCoy|
|1968||The Boston Strangler||Detective Sgt. Phil Lisi|
|1972||Skyjacked||Sgt. Jerome K. Weber|
|1976||Gable and Lombard||Clark Gable|
|1977||The Car||Captain Wade Parent|
|1977||Capricorn One||Colonel Charles Brubaker|
|1979||The Amityville Horror||George Lutz|
|1980||Night of the Juggler||Sean Boyd|
|1985||Pee-wee's Big Adventure||P.W. Herman||Cameo appearance|
|1987||Deep Dark Secrets||Michael Wakefield|
|1989||Voice of the Heart||Victor Mason|
|1990||Bad Jim||B. D. Sweetman|
|1991||Ted & Venus||Max Waters|
|1992||Gas Food Lodging||John Evans|
|1994||The Book of Acts||Simon Peter|
|1997||My Brother's War||John Hall||Also director|
|2000||Traffic||General Ralph Landry||Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture|
|2002||Catch Me If You Can||Jack Barnes|
|2002||The Master of Disguise||Febbrizio Disguisey|
|2003||A Guy Thing||Ken Cooper|
|2006||The Alibi||Robert Hatch|
|2007||The American Standards||Jack Jennings|
|2007||The Hunting Party||Franklin Harris|
|2007||Bad Girl Island||Terry Bamba|
|2008||Last Chance Harvey||Brian|
|2009||The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard||Ben Selleck|
|2010||Standing Ovation||Also producer|
|2011||Last Will||Det. Sloan|
|2011||A Fonder Heart||Craig|
|2011||Love, Wedding, Marriage||Bradley|
|2014||Elsa & Fred||Max Hayes|
|2015||Accidental Love||Senator Bramen|
|2015||The 33||Jeff Hart|
|1961||Follow the Sun||Teenager||Episode: "The Highest Wall"|
|1961||Bus Stop||Unknown||Episode: "The Resurrection of Annie Ahearn"|
|1962||Margie||Freddie Coates||Episode: "Madame President"|
|1964||Valentine's Day||Harry||Episode: "The Seasick Sailor"|
|1965||Valentine's Day||Charles "Charlie" Falwell Jr.||Episode: "Two Weeks with Pay"|
|1965||Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea||Spencer||Episode: "The Saboteur"|
|1965||The Patty Duke Show||Hank||Episode: "Patty Meets the Great Outdoors"|
|1965||Daniel Boone||Member of the Lost Colony, Mark||Episode: "The Lost Colony"|
|1966–67||The Monroes||Dalton Wales||4 episodes|
|1969–76||Marcus Welby, M.D.||Steven Kiley||172 episodes|
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (1971, 1973)
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (1971–73)
|1972||Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law||Zack Jamison||Episode: "Shine a Light on Me"|
|1973||Trapped||Chuck Brenner||Television movie|
|1974||Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law||Steven Kiley||Episode: "I've Promised You a Father, Part 2"|
|1978||Steel Cowboy||Clayton Ray Dennis||Television movie|
|1983–88||Hotel||Peter McDermott||115 episodes|
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Television Series Drama (1984–85)
|1989||Finish Line||Martin Shrevelow||Television movie|
|1990||Nightmare on the 13th Floor||Alan Lanier||Television movie|
|1990||The Earth Day Special||Doctor||Television special|
|1993||Gunsmoke IV: The Long Ride||John Parsley||Television movie|
|1993||Visions of Murder||Hal||Television movie|
|1994||Parallel Lives||Nick Dimas||Television movie|
|1995||Extreme||Reese Wheeler||7 episodes|
|1996||Hart to Hart: Harts in High Season||Elliot||Television movie|
|1997||Roseanne||Edgar Wellman, Jr.||2 episodes|
|1997–2000||Pensacola: Wings of Gold||Lt. Colonel Bill Kelly||66 episodes|
|1997||Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction||Host||6 episodes|
|1998||A Marriage of Convenience||Mason Whitney||Television movie|
|2002||The West Wing||Governor Robert Ritchie||2 episodes|
|2003||The Reagans||Ronald Reagan||Television movie|
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
|2005||Monk||Daniel Thorn||Episode: "Mr. Monk Goes to Vegas"|
|2005||Widow on the Hill||Hank Cavanaugh||Television movie|
|2008||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Colonel Richard Finley||Episode: "Lunacy"|
|2008||Lost City Raiders||John Kubiak||Television movie|
|2009||Psych||Sheriff Hank Mendel||Episode: "High Noon-ish"|
|2010||Blackout||Terrance Danfield||3 episodes|
|2013–16||Castle||Jackson Hunt||3 episodes|
|2013||Community||William Winger||Episode: "Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations"|
|2013||Christmas with Tucker||Bo McCray||Television movie|
|2015–present||Life in Pieces||John Short||Current series|
|2016||I'll Be Home For Christmas||Jack||Television movie (also Executive Producer & Director)|
|2017||Royal Hearts||Hank Pavlik||Television movie (also Director)|
Accidental Love is a 2015 American romantic comedy film directed by David O. Russell (under a pseudonym) and written by Russell, Kristin Gore, Dave Jeser, and Matt Silverstein, from Gore's novel Sammy's Hill. The film stars Jessica Biel, Jake Gyllenhaal, Catherine Keener, James Marsden, Tracy Morgan and James Brolin.
The story is about Alice, a small-town waitress who is accidentally shot in the head by a nail gun. Her lack of health insurance renders her unable to have the nail removed, leading to mood swings and hypersexual behavior as a result of brain damage. Alice then heads to Washington, DC to campaign for those with bizarre injuries, with the support of an unprincipled Congressman.
Production started in 2008 under the title Nailed, but filming was frequently halted due to financial difficulties, leading to Russell quitting the project in 2010. The film was completed without his involvement and Russell has since disowned it, the finished product credited to "Stephen Greene". The film was released online on February 10, 2015, before a limited release on March 20, 2015 by Millennium Entertainment. Accidental Love was panned by critics.Angel Camouflaged
Angel Camouflaged is a 2010 film directed by R. Michael Givens. It stars James Brolin, Dilana, Warrick Grier, Carlos Bernard and Patty Smyth.Capricorn One
Capricorn One is a 1978 government conspiracy thriller film about a Mars landing hoax. It was written and directed by Peter Hyams and produced by Lew Grade's ITC Entertainment. It stars Elliott Gould with James Brolin, Sam Waterston and O. J. Simpson as the astronauts.Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations
"Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations" is the fifth episode of the fourth season of the NBC sitcom Community, which originally aired on March 7, 2013. The episode was written by Steve Basilone and Annie Mebane, and directed by Tristram Shapeero. The episode serves as a resolution to Jeff Winger's troubled history with his father. James Brolin guest-stars as William Winger Sr., Jeff's father. Adam DeVine also guest-stars as William Winger Jr., Jeff's half-brother.Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
The Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film is an award presented annually by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). It is given in honor of an actor who has delivered an outstanding performance in a supporting role on a television series, miniseries or motion picture made for television for the calendar year. The award was first presented at the 28th Golden Globe Awards on February 5, 1971 to James Brolin for his role on Marcus Welby, M.D.. It was presented under the title Best Supporting Actor – Television Series before changing to its current title in 1980.
Since its inception, the award has been given to 45 actors. Ben Whishaw is the current recipient of the award for his portrayal of Norman Scott on A Very English Scandal. Ed Asner has won the most awards in this category, winning three times. Sean Hayes and Jeremy Piven have each been nominated for the award on six occasions, the most within the category.Josh Brolin
Josh James Brolin (; born February 12, 1968) is an American actor. Brolin is known for his wide range of films such as The Goonies (1985), Flirting with Disaster (1996), Mimic (1997), 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).
Brolin began portraying the role of Marvel Comics super villain Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Although the character made a cameo appearance in the mid-credits scene in The Avengers (2012), his first appearance was in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). He appears in another mid-credits scene in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). He then went on to become the primary antagonist in Avengers: Infinity War (2018), where his performance was critically acclaimed. He is set to reprise his role in Avengers: Endgame (2019).
Throughout his career, Brolin has been nominated for the Academy Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, Critics' Choice Movie Awards, Independent Spirit Awards, and MTV Movie & TV Awards.Logie Awards of 1985
The 27th Annual TV Week Logie Awards was held on Friday 26 April 1985 at the World Trade Centre in Melbourne, and broadcast on Network Ten. The ceremony was hosted by Greg Evans. Guests included Anne Baxter, Larry Hagman, Linda Gray, Pamela Bellwood, Jane Badler, Melody Thomas, James Brolin, Andrew Stevens and Mel Blanc.Love, Wedding, Marriage
Love, Wedding, Marriage is a 2011 American romantic comedy film directed by Dermot Mulroney and starring Mandy Moore, Kellan Lutz, James Brolin, Jane Seymour and Christopher Lloyd.Marcus Welby, M.D.
Marcus Welby, M.D. is an American medical drama television program that aired Tuesdays at 10:00–11:00 p.m. (EST) on ABC from September 23, 1969, to July 29, 1976. It starred Robert Young as the title character, a family practitioner with a kind bedside manner, who was on a first name basis with many of his patients (and who also made house-calls), James Brolin, as Steve Kiley, M.D, a younger doctor who played Welby's partner, and Elena Verdugo, who played Welby and Kiley's dedicated and loving nurse and office manager, Consuelo Lopez. Marcus Welby, M.D., was produced by David Victor and David J. O'Connell. The pilot, A Matter of Humanities, had aired as an ABC Movie of the Week on March 26, 1969.Night of the Juggler
Night of the Juggler is a 1980 American action-thriller film starring James Brolin.Nightmare on the 13th Floor
Nightmare on the 13th Floor is a 1990 American made-for-television thriller film which was originally shown on the USA Network on Halloween 1990. It stars Michele Greene as the travel writer Elaine Kalisher, James Brolin as Dr. Alan Lanier and Louise Fletcher as Letti Gordon.Reunion with James Brolin
Reunion was a syndicated American reality television series that ran from 1990 to 1991.
In the series, people were reunited in various situations, from long-lost friends and loves to missing children and parents. Also featured humorous reunions between celebrities, sports figures and other personalities. The shows forte was reuniting people who were adopted with their biological parents.
The show was hosted by Michael Gold, Alanna Davis and James Brolin.Skyjacked (film)
Skyjacked is a 1972 disaster film directed by John Guillermin. The film stars Charlton Heston, James Brolin, and Yvette Mimieux, along with an ensemble cast primarily playing the roles of passengers and crew aboard an airliner. Skyjacked is based on the David Harper novel, Hijacked.
This was the last of actress Jeanne Crain's 64 films. It was the film debut for several actors and actresses, including Susan Dey and Roosevelt "Rosey" Grier.Skyjacked explores the personal dramas and interactions that develop among the story's characters during a crisis that is endangering all of their lives.The Amityville Horror (1979 film)
The Amityville Horror is a 1979 American supernatural horror film based on Jay Anson's book of the same name (1977). Directed by Stuart Rosenberg, it features James Brolin and Margot Kidder as a young couple who purchase a home haunted by combative supernatural forces. The story is based on the alleged experiences of the Lutz family who bought a new home in Amityville, New York where a mass murder had been committed the year before. It is the first film based on the Amityville horror.
Upon its release in the summer of 1979, The Amityville Horror was a major commercial success for American International Pictures, grossing over $80 million in the United States and going on to become one of the highest-grossing independent films of all time. It received mostly negative reviews from critics, though the film has been contemporarily noted by film scholars as a classic of the horror genre.The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score by composer Lalo Schifrin and Kidder also earned a Saturn Award nomination for Best Actress. A remake was produced in 2005.The Cape Town Affair
The Cape Town Affair is director Robert D. Webb's 1967 glamorized spy film produced by 20th Century Fox at Killarney Film Studios in South Africa. The film stars Claire Trevor, James Brolin and Jacqueline Bisset. The film is a remake of the 1953 picture Pickup on South Street.It was Brolin's first starring role. Both he and Bisset were under contract to Fox. He later said "I didn't like it much but we [he and Bisset] weren't bad."The Car
The Car is a 1977 American horror film directed by Elliot Silverstein and written by Michael Butler, Dennis Shryack and Lane Slate. The film stars James Brolin, Kathleen Lloyd, John Marley and Ronny Cox, along with real-life sisters Kim and Kyle Richards (as Brolin's daughters). It tells the story of a mysterious car which goes on a murderous rampage, terrorizing the residents of a small town.
The film was produced and distributed by Universal Studios, and was influenced by numerous "road movies" of the 1970s including Steven Spielberg's thriller Duel (1971) and Roger Corman's Death Race 2000 (1975).The Expert (1995 film)
The Expert is a 1995 action thriller film about an ex-special forces trainer who decides to exact revenge on the murderer of his sister Jenny Lomax after his death sentence is commuted. The film was directed by Rick Avery and William Lustig (who was uncredited) and stars Jeff Speakman, Jim Varney and James Brolin.The Master of Disguise
The Master of Disguise is a 2002 American adventure comedy film directed by Perry Andelin Blake in his directorial debut and written by Dana Carvey and Harris Goldberg. Starring Carvey, Jennifer Esposito, Harold Gould, James Brolin, and Brent Spiner, the film was produced by Adam Sandler through his Happy Madison production company.
Although it was a modest box office success, the film was poorly received by most critics and has appeared on several lists of the worst films ever made.
Awards for James Brolin