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Josh Brolin made his film debut as the older brother in The Goonies in 1985. He is also played a corrupt detective in 2007’s American Gangster.
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Josh Brolin was born February 12, 1968, in Los Angeles, California. He made his film debut in The Goonies (1985). In 1987 he made his foray into series TV in Private Eye. He starred in another series, The Young Riders,
which premiered in 1989. He had a career breakthrough in 1996 with his turn in the film Flirting with Disaster. More film roles soon followed. In 2003, he starred his own TV series.
Actor. Born on February 12, 1968, in Los Angeles, California. The son of actor James Brolin and wildlife activist Jane Cameron Agee, Josh Brolin grew up in Paso Robles, California, a rural community focused on farming and raising horses. Brolin's parents divorced in the early 1980s, forcing him to spend time between their two households.
In high school, Brolin discovered his passion for acting. He made his film debut in The Goonies (1985), a family-oriented adventure flick. In addition to Brolin, the cast also featured other young up-and-coming performers, such as Sean Astin, Corey Feldman, and Martha Plimpton.
While his first film was quite popular, grossing more than $60 million at the box office, Brolin's second one left him wondering about his future in the business. He starred in the skateboarding action drama Thrashin' (1986). "I remember at the premiere of my second movie I started crying. I thought, I'm so bad that I either have to stop this and do something else or learn what I'm doing," Brolin later told Interview magazine.
Brolin moved to New York City and spent some time studying his craft and honing his skills in the theater. He and friend Anthony Zerbe started up a theater club in Rochester, New York. In 1987, Brolin made his first foray into series television. He co-starred opposite Michael Woods in the short-lived historical crime drama Private Eye. While the show didn't perform well, Brolin found happiness in his personal life. He married actress Deborah Adair in 1988, and they welcomed their first child together, son Trevor, that same year.
Brolin starred in the western television series, The Young Riders, which premiered in 1989. The show, co-directed by Brolin's father, explored the lives of a group of riders with the Pony Express. It featured young versions of such famous western figures as "Wild Bill" Hickok (played by Brolin) and Buffalo Bill Cody (played by Stephen Baldwin). The show went off the air in 1992–;the same year Brolin and his wife divorced. The couple, however, stayed together after the split and had another child: a daughter named Eden.
Returning to series television in 1994, Brolin appeared on the adult drama Winnetka Road, which was canceled after two months. He had a career breakthrough in 1996 with his turn as a gay cop in David O. Russell's comedy Flirting with Disaster. More film roles soon followed.
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