James Brolin

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James Brolin
James Brolin
Brolin in La Quinta, California, 2013
Birthday/Birthplace Craig Kenneth Bruderlin
(1940-07-18) July 18, 1940
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Lives Where Malibu, California
Citizenship American
Other names
  • James M. Brolin
  • Craig J. Brolin
College(s) University High School
Profession(s) Actor, producer, director
Active Years 1960–present
Hometown Los Angeles, California
Wife/Husband Jane Cameron Agee (m. 1966; div. 1984)
Jan Smithers (m. 1986; div. 1995)
Barbra Streisand (m. 1998)
Kid(s) 3; including Josh Brolin

James Brolin (Los Angeles, California, July 18, 1940) is an Emmy Award-winning American film and television actor, producer and director, best known for his roles in novels, movies, comedies, and on television.

He is the father of the actor Josh Brolin and the husband of the singer and actress Barbra Streisand.

James_Brolin’s Biography

First years

Brolin was born as Craig Kenneth Bruderlin in Los Angeles, California. He is the eldest of two brothers and two sisters and the son of Helen Sue, a housewife, and Henry Bruderlin, a contractor.The family settled in Westwood after his birth. As a child, he seemed to be more interested in animals and airplanes than in acting. When Bruderlin was ten years old, in 1950, he began to build model aircraft and was taught how to make them fly. As an adolescent movie buff in the mid-1950s, he was particularly fascinated by actor James Dean. When his parents invited a director to his home for dinner before doing a series of auditions, he met actor Ryan O’Neal, who was a year younger than Brolin, and they established a friendship that continued during his years as students of the Los Angeles High School. However, Bruderlin’s first attempts to act exposed his suffocating shyness. His safety increased when O’Neal invited him to an actor recruitment agency. Brolin graduated from the University in 1958, and his family had already encouraged him to become an actor like O’Neal.

Early career

Before taking theater classes at school, Brolin began serving as a supporting actor in 1961, in an episode of the television series Bus Stop. This role led him to be contacted to work in other television productions, such as the series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Margie, Love, American Style, Twelve O’Clock High and The Long, Hot Summer. He had three guest appearances in the popular 1960s Batman series, along with Adam West and Burt Ward, as well as roles in The Virginian, and in Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law with Arthur Hill and Lee Majors. He also had a recurring role in the short-lived television series The Monroes.

At 20 years of age he changed his surname from “Bruderlin” to “Brolin” to become James Brolin . He accepted a contract for 20th Century Fox. While in school trying to succeed as an actor, he met Clint Eastwood. Brolin also had small roles in several films, including Take Her, She’s Mine (1963), Dear Brigitte (1965), Fantastic Voyage (1966). The following year, his first important role was in The Cape Town Affair (1967), but he did not succeed at the box office. Finally, Brolin was fired by 20th Century Fox.

Works in the cinema

During the decade of 1970, Brolin began to have leading roles in several films, including Skyjacked (1972), and Westworld (1973). By the mid-1970s, he already had a name recognized in the world of acting, starring Gable and Lombard (1976), The Car (1977), Capricorn One (1978), The Amityville Horror (1979) and High Risk (1981). When Roger Moore expressed his desire to stop playing James Bond, Brolin auditioned for the next film, Octopussy (1983), but finally Moore decided to continue in the movies.

In 1985, Brolin parodied James Bond in the movie Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. In one film within another, he played the characters of Bond and Pee-Wee Herman, the “real” version of the characters played by Paul Reubens. He is known as “PW” and the role of Pee-Wee Herman’s girlfriend, “Dottie”, is played by Morgan Fairchild.

Television roles

Brolin has starred in three television series in a career spanning four decades. He became widely known for his roles as the young and talented assistant of Dr. Robert Young, Dr. Steven Kiley, in Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969-1976), as Peter McDermott in the Hotel series (1983-1988), and as Lieutenant Colonel Bill “Raven” Kelly in Pensacola: Wings of Gold (1997-2000). He also had a recurring role as governor and running mate Robert Ritchie in The West Wing.

In 1968, Brolin began working for Universal Studios, where he auditioned for a shared leading role with actor Robert Young in Marcus Welby, M.D. The series was one of the most watched television shows of its time. Brolin obtained the role of Dr. Steven Kiley, a young doctor who works with another with more experience, and the chemistry between Young and Brolin was very successful, awakening the attraction of the female audience every time the program was broadcast. During his first season in 1970, Broling won the Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor, and was later nominated three other times. He was also nominated for three Golden Globe Awards for Best Supporting Actor, and won it twice between 1971 and 1973.

In 1983, Brolin returned to television to star in another popular series. He teamed up with producer Aaron Spelling for the pilot episode of the novel Hotel, for ABC. In this novel he played Peter McDermott, a hotel manager who tries to help everyone solve their problems while letting love come to his life at the same time. The co-star of the series was a new actress, Shari Belafonte as Peter’s receptionist, Julie Gillette. Also participating were the actresses Connie Sellecca, as the hotel advertising manager, and the one representing her girlfriend, Christine Francis, and the actor Nathan Cook as Billy Griffin, an ex-convict who ends up becoming Peter’s best friend. They all had an excellent relationship with him. Like Marcus Welby, the program was very successful. Brolin received two Golden Globe nominations between 1983 and 1984 for Best Performance in a television series, but failed to win. Finally he would be the director of the program, as well as an actor. In an episode of Hotel, who would be his real life wife, Jan Smithers, as a guest star, and the writers suggested creating a story for them, since Brolin was going through a difficult divorce at that time. In 1988, after five seasons, Hotel was canceled. That same year, his co-star, Cook died in an allergic reaction to penicillin, and Brolin attended his funeral with his companions.

Sellecca said about the chemistry he had with Brolin in Hotel that “I immediately felt comfortable with Jim, that’s what he offers to women, security, a lot of security, and he knows how to give that feeling”. He also said that “Having him in two different roles was a wonderful experience.” The 1995 death of Brolin’s first wife, Jane, led to the actor and Selleca getting closer, as Connie was one of the few people to hear about the event.

During the new decade, Brolin performed at Angel Falls for CBS and Extreme for ABC, although none had the popularity of his previous series.

In 1997, the fate of Brolin changed with the television series Pensacola: Wings of Gold. He played the role of Lieutenant Colonel Bill “Raven” Kelly, whose job was to instruct the younger Marines in a special unit, before being promoted to work with a group of experienced war pilots. Brolin served as executive producer and director of the series. In 2000, however, the program was canceled due to its low ratings. He has also recently worked on 3 chapters of the Castle series in the role of Richard Castle’s father.

Recent works

Brolin had a number of minor roles in the movies since 2000. These include, among others, the role of General Ralph Landry, director of the Office of National Drug Control in the Oscar-winning film Traffic (2000); like Jack Barnes in Catch Me If You Can, by Steven Spielberg (2002); he had a role in the 2003 comedy A Guy Thing; he played Robert Hatch in the 2006 comedy The Alibi; as Jack Jennings in the 2007 film The American Standards; as the TV host Frank Harris in the Richard Shepard movie The Hunting Party (2007); and like Brian in the 2009 Joel Hopkins movie Last Chance Harvey with Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman.

At the end of 2003, Brolin was going to play Ronald Reagan in the television movie The Reagans. After some differences, problems with the script and high costs, CBS decided to stop the production of The Reagans, and it was sold to Showtime, also owned by Viacom. Brolin played the role, and was nominated for another Emmy Award, being his fifth nomination, and for a Golden Globe, although he did not get any.

In 2002, Brolin played Governor Robert Ritchie of Florida, the Republican opponent of Jed Bartlet in the television movie The West Wing. In 2005, he appeared as a guest star in an episode of Monk, as Daniel Thorn, the casino owner.

In 2012, he played a government spy and father of the protagonist in the second season of the Castle series (ep.16), appearing later in some other episode.

Since 2015, he is one of the protagonists of the CBS sitcom “Life in Pieces”.

Personal life

He has been married three times. In 1966, Brolin married Jane Cameron Agee, an aspiring actress from Twentieth Century Fox. They had two children, Josh (born 1968) and Jess (born 1972). They divorced in 1984, after eighteen years of marriage. Jane died in a car accident on February 13, 1995, a day after Josh’s twenty-seventh birthday. He said in the October 14, 2008 episode of The Late Show with David Letterman that his parents had met in Batman, where his mother was an auditions executive.

In 1985, Brolin met actress Jan Smithers on the set of Hotel, and they married in 1986. The couple had a daughter, Molly Elizabeth (1987). Jan Smithers divorced Brolin in 1995, a few weeks after the death of his first wife, Jane. In 1996, Brolin met the singer and actress Barbra Streisand through a friend, and they married on July 1, 1998. They reside in Malibu, California. He is also the grandfather of Trevor (born in 1988) and of Eden (born in 1993), of the first marriage of his son Josh.

James Brolin Net Worth – $50 Million

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