Hollywood is filled with tales of stars who allowed the trappings of fame to derail their professional and personal lives. The industry, however, also boasts of individuals who have kept a calm head and gone on to enjoy a storied career in showbiz. One fellow who definitely falls into this latter category is Josh Brolin.
Brolin is an American actor, director, and producer who is most recognized for his leading roles in hit movies such as The Amityville Horror, Capricorn One, High Risk and many more. He has won several accolades and is now widely regarded as a Hollywood icon. Off the screen, Brolin leads a rich family life and is the father of some high-flying children.
The Journey to Becoming a Big Screen Star
James Brolin was born as Craig Kenneth Bruderlin on the 18th of July 1940 in Westwood Village, L. A., California. The oldest of two brothers and two sisters, he grew up with a keen interest in aeroplanes and animals and spent much of his childhood indulging in both pastimes. His passion however changed as a teenager and he fell in love with acting and the movie industry.
He started idolizing the likes of James Dean and therefore wished to follow in such footsteps. The young boy, however, completed his high school diploma first and upon graduation, pursued an acting career with his parents’ blessings. Brolin initiated his acting career in 1961 as he played a minor role in TV series while taking acting classes in school.
His career skyrocketed as he landed roles in other series such as American Style, The Long, Hot Summer, Valentine’s Day, and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. He finally got his breakthrough with the series, Marcus Welby, M.D., which earned him an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor. James Brolin also made three guest appearances, alongside the likes of Adam West and Burt Ward, on the popular 1960s series.
Later, in the mid-70s, he became a leading actor in Hollywood who was highly sought after. This popularity gained him major roles in many hit movies, including High Risk, The Car, Gable and Lombard and Night of the Juggler among others. Since then, James Brolin has been a part of more than forty movies and counting. Apart from his appearances in movies, the L.A. native has also appeared in major television series like Life in Pieces, Castle and The Reagans.
Benefits of James Brolin’s Longevity in Hollywood
James Brolin currently has a fortune estimated at $50 million. The actor, producer, and director owes this healthy bottom-line to his consistency in the movie business. Even though he commenced his career as far back as the 60s, Brolin has managed to remain relevant in the scheme of things and continues to land steady work. Some of his most recent roles came in movies such as Accidental Love (2015), The Stepsisters (2015), and Being Rose (2018). Asides acting, James Brolin has also diversified his career to directing and producing.
His production and directorial credits include the TV movies, I’ll Be Home for Christmas and Royal Hearts, both have fetched him considerable financial rewards. Meanwhile, Brolin is not given to an extravagant life but rather lives an understated but quality life.
The actor and his wife reside in a Malibu mansion which they purchased for $16.5 million in 2009. The 10,485 square-foot estate has 8 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms. Other exquisite features include swimming pool, manmade pond, extensive gardens, a gym, a doll shop, an antique shop, a gift shop, as well as an elegant spiral staircase.
Finding True Love on his Third Attempt
Talking about his personal life, James Brolin has been married on three occasions. His first marriage was to a lady named Jane Cameron Agee in 1966. Brolin and Jane first met on the set of the TV series Batman; she was a casting executive on the show while he was a guest actor. They fell for each other and started dating.
They later tied the knot in 1966 but the union only lasted for about 18 years and produced two sons namely Josh and Jess. The couple then called it quits in 1984. Following the split, James commenced a relationship with actress, Jan Smithers, in 1985. They took their vows in 1986 and welcomed a daughter, named Molly, in 1987. The marriage lasted for a total of nine years and the couple divorced in 1995. Smithers later revealed that the divorce was caused by James’ busy schedule, as well as her desire to live a simple country life.
It is often said that all is well that ends well and this is certainly the case with Brolin’s love life. The Emmy winner is now happily married to legendary actress and singer, Barbra Streisand. Brolin and Streisand first crossed paths at a dinner party in 1996 and subsequently started dating. They later tied the knot in 1998 with the ceremony featuring the crème de la crème of Hollywood, including the likes of Tom Hanks, Quincy Jones, Marlon Brando, Kelly Preston, and John Travolta.
Brolin and Streisand have remained together for more than two decades now and are one of Hollywood’s golden couples. They have revealed that the secret to their union is being compassionately truthful, keeping separate bank accounts, going for couples’ counselling, as well as keeping the romance alive through small gestures such as loving notes.
What Are James Brolin’s Children Up To?
James Brolin is the father of three children, Josh and Jess Brolin (his children with his first wife Cameron) and Molly Elizabeth Brolin (his child with his second wife, Smithers). Out of all of his children, it is only Josh who has replicated his illustrious steps in Hollywood. Josh has featured in highly-acclaimed movies such as American Gangster, Deadpool 2, No Country for Old Men, Milk, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Avengers: Endgame. He has also received several accolades for his acting, including an Oscar nomination for the Best Supporting Actor in 2009.
On her part, Molly Brolin is also in Hollywood but behind the cameras. She has worked as a production assistant in movies such as Royal Reunion and Men in Black. She also joined hands with her dad to co-direct his 2018 TV movie, Royal Hearts. There is not much information on what Jess Brolin is up to. The most that have emerged is tabloid reports that he is obese and homeless.
Asides his biological kids, James Brolin is also a loving stepfather to Jason Gould, Barbra’s son from her previous marriage. Gould is also artistically gifted. He has tried his hands at both acting and singing, and dropped a full-length album, Dangerous Man, in 2017.