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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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Liberal in his own political leanings, Brolin worked hard on his portrayal of the former president. "I was blown away following the guy through the labyrinth of his life, the personal conviction he found once he stopped drinking and deepened his relationship with Jesus," he told the Los Angeles Times.
At the end of filming, however, Brolin found himself in legal hot water. Police arrested him, along with fellow W. actor Jeffrey Wright, after a bar brawl in Shreveport, Louisiana, on July 2008. The charges were later dropped. The film was released that fall, and critics roundly praised Brolin's performance. "Representing a man who finds both salvation in Jesus and relief that one of his intelligence reports is only three pages long, the actor digs deep," critic Lisa Schwarzbaum wrote in Entertainment Weekly.
Later that year, Brolin co-starred in the Gus Van Sant film, Milk, about activist Harvey Milk—one of the first openly gay individuals to be elected to public office. In the movie, Brolin plays a troubled San Francisco politician who interacts with Milk (played by Sean Penn). The film received rave reviews, and earned eight Academy Award nominations, including Brolin's first-ever nomination. He is up for a Best Supporting Actor award for his portrayal of Milk's adversary.
Brolin's career continued to soar in 2010. He starred in the film Jonah Hex, an adaptation of the DC Comics series, as well as in the critically acclaimed Western film, True Grit (2010).
Brolin was married to actress Alice Adair from 1988 to 1992; the couple had two children, Trevor and Eden, before their divorce. Brolin was briefly engaged to actress Minnie Driver before marrying actress Diane Lane on August 15, 2004.
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