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
, 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.
Tropes Associated with Josh Brolin
- Badass: Not just on-screen. As a teenager he worked at big cat sanctuary and still bears some scars from that time. Also, he lost his virginity at the age of 11.
- Cops and Detectives: Tends to play them.
- Cluster F-Bomb: 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 dropping F-bombs constantly. Nevertheless the jar contained 300 dollars by the end of the shoot.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: He played homphobic politician Dan White in Milk, he's a strong gay-rights supporter in real life.
- Production Posse: Hail, Ceasar! will be his fourth collaboration with Coen brothers. He also worked twice with Robert Rodriguez and was conisidered for a lead in Rodriguez-produced Predators.
- What Could Have Been: He is a leading man now, but many of his career-making roles were originaly meant for other actors. He repaced 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.