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Josh Brolin



Rugged leading man Josh Brolin was raised on a horse ranch in California, a fact that would come to inform his persona as an actor in years to come. But when the 17 year old made his big-screen debut in 1985's The Goonies, most viewers knew him as the son of actor James Brolin. The younger Brolin didn't shy away from his Hollywood roots, and when he relocated to L.A. to pursue an acting career, he moved in with his dad while he studied the craft under the esteemed Stella Adler. He soon followed his appearance in The Goonies with a lead role in the series Private Eye, and though the show didn't last, Brolin decided to stay in TV, starring in the Western series Young Riders.



The show ended its three-year run in 1992, when Brolin's marriage to Alice Adair ended as well, and Brolin seemed intent on flying under the radar for the next several years, pursuing mostly smaller, independent projects like My Brother's War and Mimic. In 2007, he caught on with a new core group of fans when he played the sinister Doc Block in Robert Rodriguez's instant cult favorite Planet Terror, one half of the Grindhouse double feature. Later that same year, however, he would be reintroduced to audiences on a much huger scale when he took the lead role in the Coen brothers' highly acclaimed No Country for Old Men. The sleeper film would become one of the biggest films of the year, winning the Oscar for Best Picture and making Brolin a household name for the first time in over a decade.



Brolin next signed on to play the title role in W., Oliver Stone's satirical biopic about president George W. Bush. Buzz gathered around the project before so much as a trailer was released, praising the actor's complete transformation into what had originally seemed like a strange role for him to play. Although the buzz was that he would garner some awards for his role as the 43rd President, it turned out that a different political film from 2008 would bring him the biggest accolades of his career. His portrayal of Dan White, the man who assassinated Harvey Milk, in Gus Van Sant's Milk garnered Brolin his first Academy Award nomination, as well as a nod from the Screen Actors Guild.



In 2010 he would play the title character in the adaptation of the comic book Jonah Hex, but he would find much greater success as the dastardly Tom Chaney in the Coen brothers remake of True Grit. He shares a very funny story in the 2011 documentary Woody Allen: A Documentary. In 2012 he stepped into the successful Men In Black franchise with MiB3, playing a younger version of Tommy Lee Jones's character. He next appeared in Gangster Squad, opposite Ryan Gosling, and took on the lead in the 2013 English language remake of Oldboy. Brolin joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe, playing the villainous Thanos, first in Guardians of the Galaxy and later reprising his role in other films in the MCU. In 2014, he also appeared in the Sin City sequel A Dame to Kill For and Inherent Vice. He later took a role in the disaster film, Everest, based on the real-life disaster the occurred on the mountain in 1996.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Granite Mountain
  • Actor
2017
85% Hail, Caesar!
  • Eddie Mannix
2016
94% Sicario
  • Matt
2015
73% Everest
  • Beck Weathers
2015
74% Inherent Vice
  • Lt. Det. Christian F. "Bigfoot" Bjornsen
2015
43% Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
  • Dwight
2014
91% Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Thanos
2014
34% Labor Day
  • Frank Chambers
2014
41% Oldboy
  • Joe Doucett
2013
31% Gangster Squad
  • Sgt. John O'Mara
2013
No Score Yet Hawaiian: The Legend Of Eddie Aikau
  • Executive Producer
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Crazy for the Storm
  • Actor
2013
68% Men in Black III
  • Young Agent K
2012
95% Woody Allen: A Documentary
  • Actor
2011
96% True Grit
  • Tom Chaney
2010
55% Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
  • Bretton James
2010
45% You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
  • Roy
2010
93% The Tillman Story
  • Narrator
2010
12% Jonah Hex
  • Jonah Hex
2010
No Score Yet Waterbug
  • Actor
2010
29% Women in Trouble
  • Nick Chapel
2009
No Score Yet The People Speak
  • Producer
  • Actor
  • Executive Producer
2009
94% Milk
  • Dan White
2008
59% W.
  • George W. Bush
2008
No Score Yet Fantastic Flesh
  • Actor
2008
93% No Country for Old Men
  • Llewelyn Moss
2007
80% American Gangster
  • Detective Trupo
2007
73% In the Valley of Elah
  • Chief Buchwald
2007
77% Planet Terror (Grindhouse Presents: Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror)
  • Dr. William Block
2007
83% Grindhouse
  • Dr. William Block
2007
75% The Dead Girl
  • Tarlow
2006
48% Coastlines
  • Dave
2006
21% Into the Blue
  • Bates
2005
53% Melinda and Melinda
  • Greg
2005
39% Milwaukee, Minnesota
  • Gary
2003
27% Hollow Man
  • Matthew Kensington
2000
11% Slow Burn
  • Duster
2000
27% It's the Rage
  • Tennel
2000
43% Best Laid Plans
  • Bryce
1999
4% The Mod Squad
  • Billy
1999
23% Nightwatch
  • James Gallman
1998
61% Mimic
  • Josh
1997
No Score Yet My Brother's War
  • Pete
1997
No Score Yet Gang in Blue
  • Keith DeBruler
1996
87% Flirting With Disaster
  • Tony
1996
20% Bed of Roses
  • Danny
1995
No Score Yet The Road Killers
  • Tom
1995
No Score Yet Prison for Children
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Finish Line
  • Glenn Shrevelow
1989
No Score Yet Thrashin
  • Corey Webster
1986
70% The Goonies
  • Brandon 'Brand' Walsh
1985

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Mankind: The Story of All of Us
  • Actor
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Host

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