Josh Brolin Biography |
  • Josh Brolin Biography

    Born: December 02, 1968 in Los Angeles, California, USA

    JOSH BROLIN is an Academy Award®-nominated actor who has emerged as one of Hollywood's top leading men, and who continues to balance challenging roles in both mainstream studio productions as well as thought-provoking independents.

    He recently completed production on two features which will be released in 2013. In "Labor Day," directed by Jason Reitman, Brolin plays an escaped convict who seeks refuge with a depressed woman, played by Kate Winslet, and her son, and as they gradually learn his true story, their lives become impacted forever. Additionally, Brolin will star in Spike Lee's remake of the 2003 cult Korean action thriller "Oldboy," to be released on October 11th. Brolin stars as Joe Doucett, an everyday man who has only five days and limited resources to discover why he was imprisoned in a nondescript room for 15 years without any explanation.

    Brolin was most recently seen on the big screen starring opposite Will Smith in the wildly successful "Men in Black 3." He received rave reviews for his performance as a young Agent K. He has delivered several riveting performances over the last several years. In 2008, he was nominated for an Academy Award®, a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® and received awards from the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Board of Review for his portrayal of Dan White in Gus Van Sant's acclaimed film "Milk." He starred in the Coen brothers' "True Grit," which was nominated for 10 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture; Oliver Stone's "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," opposite Shia LaBeouf and Michael Douglas; and Woody Allen's "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger," opposite Anthony Hopkins and Naomi Watts. He received glowing reviews for his portrayal of George W. Bush in Oliver Stone's biopic "W." Prior to that, Brolin earned a SAG Award® as part of an ensemble for his work in Joel and Ethan Coen's "No Country for Old Men," which also won four Academy Awards®, including Best Picture and Best Director. Additionally, Brolin starred in Ridley Scott's blockbuster "American Gangster," and was nominated for a SAG Award® as part of this ensemble.

    His other film credits include: "Planet Terror," part of the critically acclaimed Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez double feature "Grindhouse," alongside co-stars Rose McGowan and Freddy Rodriguez; "In the Valley of Elah," for director Paul Haggis, where he starred opposite Tommy Lee Jones and Susan Sarandan; John Stockwell's "Into the Blue," opposite Jessica Alba; Victor Nunez's "Coastlines," opposite Timothy Olyphant; Paul Verhoeven's hit "Hollow Man," with Kevin Bacon; Scott Silver's "Mod Squad," opposite Claire Danes; Ole Bornedal's psychological thriller "Nightwatch," with Nick Nolte, Patricia Arquette and Ewan McGregor; "Best Laid Plans," opposite Reese Witherspoon, produced by Mike Newell; "All the Rage," which featured an all-star cast including Gary Sinise, Joan Allen and Anna Paquin; and Guillermo Del Toro's science-fiction thriller "Mimic," opposite Mira Sorvino, Jeremy Northam and Charles Dutton. Brolin also received recognition from critics and audiences in David O. Russell's "Flirting with Disaster," portraying a bisexual federal agent alongside an outstanding ensemble cast led by Ben Stiller. Brolin made his feature film debut starring in the action-comedy classic "Goonies," directed by Richard Donner for producer Steven Spielberg.

    In television, Brolin made his mark as a series regular in the popular ABC series "The Young Riders," as well as "Private Eye" for NBC and "Winnetka Road" for CBS. Brolin also received critical praise for his work on the TNT epic miniseries "Into the West," opposite Beau Bridges, Gary Busey and Jessica Capshaw. In addition, Brolin starred in the title role of NBC's acclaimed political drama "Mr. Sterling"; the show followed the efforts of an idealistic young politician as he attempted to both learn and work within an often corrupt system. He also appeared in the CBS movie-of-the-week "Prison of Children," and in the Showtime original film "Gang in Blue," with Mario Van Peebles, J.T. Walsh and Stephen Lang. Brolin co-starred with Mary Steenburgen, Gretchen Mol and Bonnie Bedelia in the CBS television adaptation of William Inge's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Picnic."

    As a producer, Brolin joined Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Anthony Arnove and Howard Zinn in a documentary entitled "The People Speak," based on Zinn's influential 1980 book A People's History of the United States. The feature, which aired on the History Channel in 2009, looked at America's struggles with war, class, race, and women's rights and featured readings by Viggo Mortensen, Sean Penn and David Strathairn, among others. Brolin made his film directing debut in 2008 with a short entitled "X," which he also wrote and produced. It premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival before screening at such festivals as South by Southwest and the AFI Dallas Film Festival.

    Brolin spent five years with Anthony Zerbe at the Reflections Festival at the GeVa Theatre in Rochester, New York. While there, he performed in and directed several of the festival's plays, including "Pitz and Joe," "Life in the Trees," "Forgiving Typhoid Mary," "Oh, The Innocents," "Peep Hole," "Ellen Universe Joins the Band," "Lincoln Park Zoo" and "Hard Hearts." Brolin also starred opposite Elias Koteas in the acclaimed Broadway production of Sam Shepard's "True West." In 2004, Brolin starred in the award-winning, off-Broadway play "The Exonerated," based on the true stories of a half-dozen former death row inmates. His additional stage credits include "Skin of the Teeth," "The Crucible" and "A Streetcar Named Desire" at the Kennedy Memorial Theatre; "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the Lebrero Theatre; and "Dark of the Moon" at the Ann Capa Ensemble Theatre.

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