Josh James Brolin (born 1968) is an American actor.The son of actor James Brolin, Josh made his screen debut at the age of 17 in The Goonies but despite working consistently on TV and film, didn't gain any widespread recognition until 2007, where he had one hell of a breakout year: key roles in Grindhouse, American Gangster, In the Valley of Elah, and the Oscar-winning No Country for Old Men all showcased his considerable talent and rugged charms. He followed 2007 up with two more acclaimed performances in 2008: W. and Milk, earning an Academy Award nomination for the latter, which upped his status in Hollywood even more.Often plays rugged Badass characters from the South or Southwest.
- The Goonies (1985) - Brand
- Mimic (1997) - Josh
- The Mod Squad (1999) - Billy
- Hollow Man (2000) - Matthew Kensington
- Grindhouse (2007) - Dr. William Block (segment "Planet Terror")
- American Gangster (2007)- Detective Trupo
- No Country for Old Men (2007) - Llewelyn Moss
- In the Valley of Elah (2007) - Chief Buchwald
- Milk (2008) - Dan White
- W. (2008) - George W. Bush
- Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) - Bretton James
- Jonah Hex (2010) - Jonah Hex
- True Grit (2010) - Tom Chaney
- Men in Black 3 (2012) - Young Agent K
- Gangster Squad (2013) - Sgt. John O'Mara
- Oldboy (2013) - Joe Doucett
- Labor Day (2014) - Frank
- Sin City: A Dame to Kill for (2014) - Dwight McCarthy
- Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) - Thanos
- Inherent Vice (2015) - Bigfoot Bjornsen
- Sicario (2015) - Matt
- Everest (2015) - Beck Weathers
- Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) - Thanos
- Hail, Caesar! (2016) - Eddie Mannix
- Avengers: Infinity War Part I (2018) - Thanos
- Avengers: Infinity War Part II (2019) - Thanos
- The Outer Limits (1995) - Jack Pierce in "Virtual Future"
Tropes Associated with Josh Brolin
- Badass: Not just on-screen. As a teenager, he worked at a big cat sanctuary and still bears some scars from that time.
- Cops and Detectives: Tends to play them.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: He played the homophobic politician Dan White in Milk, but is a strong gay-rights supporter in real life.
- Money, Dear Boy: Averted in recent years. He has been able to make enough money in the stock market that he can choose smaller parts that interest him rather than paycheck gigs.
- Production Posse: Hail, Ceasar! will be his fourth collaboration with the Coen brothers. He's also worked twice with Robert Rodriguez and was considered for a lead role in the Rodriguez-produced Predators.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: He tends to swear a lot during interviews and - on that one occasion - award ceremonies. Hailee Steinfeld kept a swear jar on the set of True Grit to keep Brolin, Matt Damon and Jeff Bridges from constantly dropping f-bombs. Needless to say, the jar contained $300 by the end of the shoot.
- What Could Have Been: He's a leading man now, but many of Brolin's career-making roles were originally meant for other actors. He replaced James Gandolfini in American Gangster, Heath Ledger in No Country for Old Men, Christian Bale in W., and Matt Damon in Milk, which gained him Oscar nomination.