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James Brolin

Highest Rated:   96% Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Lowest Rated:   0% Love Wedding Marriage (2011)
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Birthplace:   Los Angeles, California, USA
When James Brolin was 15, his parents invited Hollywood producer/director William Castle to dinner. Impressed by Brolin's self-confidence and teen-idol looks, Castle invited him to audition for a film role at Columbia Pictures. When he failed to land the part, Brolin decided to "show 'em" by studying diligently for an acting career, eventually logging 5,000 hours of class time. While still attending U.C.L.A., he landed a small role on the Bus Stop TV series, which led to a 20th Century Fox contract. For the next five years, he marked time with bits and minor roles in such Fox features as Take Her, She's Mine (1963), Goodbye Charlie (1964), Von Ryan's Express (1965), Our Man Flint (1966), and Fantastic Voyage (1966). His first real break came with a peripheral but noticeable recurring role on the 1966 TV Western The Monroes. In 1968, Brolin finally attained stardom with his Emmy-winning characterization of Dr. Steve Kiley on the popular TV medical series Marcus Welby, M.D. During his five years with Welby, Brolin returned to films to play such choice roles as the unbalanced Vietnam vet in Skyjacked (1972) and ill-fated vacationer John Blaine in Westworld (1973). The most conspicuous of his post-Welby film assignments was 1976's Gable and Lombard, a cinematic atrocity redeemed only slightly by Brolin's earnest portrayal of Clark Gable. His most endearing screen assignment was his extended cameo as P.W. in Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985), and in 1992 he had one of his strongest roles to date as a wayward father in Allison Anders' Gas Food Lodging. Periodically returning to television, Brolin has starred on the weekly series Hotel (1983), Angel Falls (1993), and Extremities (1995). James Brolin is the father of actor Josh Brolin, who co-starred with his dad in the made-for-cable Finish Line (1989). In 1998, Brolin assumed one of his most high-profile real-life roles to date as the husband of Barbra Streisand, whom he married in July of that year.He remained one of the most respected actors of his generation and continued to work steadily for directors all over the world. In 2002 he was cast in Martin Scorsese's epic historical drama Gangs of New York. In 2003 he took a cameo part in Bright Young Things. In 2004 he returned for the Bridget Jones sequel, and took a bit part in Mike Leigh's Vera Drake. He worked in a number o animated films including Doogal, Valiant, and Robots. In 2007 he had the title role in Longford, a historical drama about the infamous Moor Murders, and the next year he was part of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls.He became part of the Harry Potter family with Half-Blood Prince, and played King William in the costume drama The Young Victoria, all in 2009. In 2010 he reunited with Mike Leigh and earned excellent reviews yet again for Another Year, and the next year he helped support Meryl Streep to an Oscar play the dutiful husband to The Iron Lady.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Soldado
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet I'll Be Home for Christmas
  • Director
  • Jack
  • Executive Producer
2016
60% Sisters
  • Bucky Ellis
$66.7M 2015
45% The 33
  • Jeff Hart
$9.2M 2015
6% Accidental Love
  • Buck McCoy
2015
33% The Steps
  • Actor
2015
32% Elsa & Fred
  • Max Hayes
2014
No Score Yet Christmas with Tucker
  • Actor
2013
0% Love Wedding Marriage
  • Bradley
$1.9k 2011
No Score Yet Last Will
  • Det. Sloan
2010
6% Standing Ovation
  • Executive Producer
$0.6M 2010
No Score Yet Angel Camouflaged
  • Salt
2010
27% The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard
  • Ben Selleck
$15.1M 2009
70% Last Chance Harvey
  • Brian
$14.9M 2009
No Score Yet Bitter/Sweet
  • Calvert Jenkins
2009
No Score Yet Lost City Raiders
  • Pa Kubiak
2008
53% The Hunting Party
  • Franklin Harris
$0.8M 2007
No Score Yet Bad Girl Island
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet The American Standards
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Wedding Wars
  • Governor Conrad Welling
2006
57% Lies & Alibis
  • Robert Hatch
2006
No Score Yet Widow on the Hill
  • Hank Cavanaugh
2005
No Score Yet Category 7: The End of the World
  • Donny Hall
2005
No Score Yet The Reagans
  • Actor
2003
24% A Guy Thing
  • Ken
$15.5M 2003
96% Catch Me If You Can
  • Jack
$164.4M 2002
79% Antwone Fisher
  • Captain
$20.9M 2002
1% The Master of Disguise
  • Frabbrizio Disguisey
$40.5M 2002
92% Traffic
  • General Ralph Landry
$123.9M 2000
27% It's the Rage
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet A Marriage of Convenience (Un mariage de convenance)
  • Mason Whitney
1998
No Score Yet The Haunted Sea
  • Captain Ramsey
1997
No Score Yet Goodbye America
  • Ed Johnson
1997
No Score Yet My Brother's War
  • John Hall
  • Director
1997
No Score Yet Tracks of a Killer
  • David Hawkner
1996
No Score Yet Hijacked: Flight 285
  • Ron Showman
1996
No Score Yet Scent of Vengeance
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Hart to Hart: Harts in High Season
  • Actor
1996
50% Cannes Man
  • Himself
1995
No Score Yet Lewis & Clark & George
  • Reverend Red
1995
No Score Yet Savate
  • Col. Jones
1995
No Score Yet Terminal Virus
  • McCabe
1995
No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Grimacing Governor
  • Ryan Allison
1994
No Score Yet The Visual Bible: Acts (Falling Fire: The Gift of the Spirit)
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet The Expert
  • Warden Munsey
1994
No Score Yet Cheatin' Hearts
  • Henry
1994
No Score Yet Parallel Lives
  • Professor Spencer Jones
1994
No Score Yet Relative Fear (The Child)
  • Det. Atwater
1994
No Score Yet Indecent Behavior II
  • Liam O'Donnell
1994
No Score Yet Visions of Murder
  • Hal
1993
79% Gas Food Lodging
  • John
1992
No Score Yet Twin Sisters
  • Michael
1992
No Score Yet Gunsmoke: The Long Ride
  • John Parsley
1992
No Score Yet City Boy
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Ted & Venus
  • Max Waters
1991
No Score Yet Nightmare on the 13th Floor
  • Doctor Alan Lanier
1990
No Score Yet Bad Jim
  • B.D. Sweetman
1990
No Score Yet Voice of the Heart
  • Victor Mason
1990
No Score Yet Backstab
  • Cliff Murphy
1990
No Score Yet Finish Line
  • Martin Shrevelow
1989
No Score Yet Deep Dark Secrets
  • Michael Wakefield
1987
No Score Yet Intimate Betrayal
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Hold the Dream
  • Ross Nelson
1986
89% Pee-wee's Big Adventure
  • `P.W.'
1985
No Score Yet Acts
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Mae West
  • Jim Timony
1982
No Score Yet The Ambush Murders
  • Paul Marshall
1982
No Score Yet High Risk
  • Stone
1981
No Score Yet Night of the Juggler
  • Sean Boyd
1980
24% The Amityville Horror
  • George Lutz
1979
61% Capricorn One
  • Charles Brubaker
1978
No Score Yet The Steel Cowboy
  • Actor
1978
27% The Car
  • Wade Parent
1977
No Score Yet Gable and Lombard
  • Clark Gable
1976
86% Westworld
  • John Blane
1973
No Score Yet Class of '63
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet Short Walk to Daylight
  • Tom Phelan
1972
No Score Yet Skyjacked
  • Jerome K. Weber
1972
92% The Boston Strangler
  • Sgt. Lisi
1968
No Score Yet The Cape Town Affair
  • Skip McCoy
1967
No Score Yet Way...Way Out
  • Ted Robertson
1966
93% Fantastic Voyage
  • Technician
1966
82% Our Man Flint
  • Technician
1966
91% Von Ryan's Express
  • Pvt. Ames
1965
No Score Yet Dear Brigitte
  • Student
1965
No Score Yet Goodbye Charlie
  • Actor
1964
No Score Yet Take Her, She's Mine
  • Actor
1963
No Score Yet The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery
  • Actor
1959

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
62% Life in Pieces
2015
  • John Short
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
72% Castle
2009-2016
  • Castle's Dad Jackson Hunt
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2013
86% Community
2009-2015
  • William
  • 2013
73% The Defenders
2010-2011
  • Teddy K
  • 2010
No Score Yet Psych
2006-2014
  • Hank
  • 2009
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Dick Finley
  • 2008
No Score Yet Monk
2002-2009
  • Daniel Thorn
  • 2005
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Governor Ritchie Robert Ritchie
  • 2002
No Score Yet Batman
1966-1968
  • Kid Gulliver Reggie Driver
  • 1967
  • 1966

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