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Biography #2 (for Milk)

Josh Brolin was seen starring as George W. Bush in Oliver Stone's biopic W. He most recently starred in Joel and Ethan Coen's No Country for Old Men, which won four Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director; and in Ridley Scott's blockbuster American Gangster. Mr. Brolin was a Screen Actors Guild Award nominee as part of the ensemble for the latter film, and was honored with a Screen Actors Guild Award as part of the winning ensemble for the former.

He is currently producing with Chris Moore, Anthony Arnove, and Howard Zinn a documentary entitled The People Speak, based on the latter's influential 1980 book A People's History of the United States. The feature looks at America's struggles with war, class, race, and women's rights; appearing in the documentary will be Matt Damon, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Penn of Milk, and David Strathairn, among others.

Mr. Brolin's other film credits as actor include Paul Haggis' In the Valley of Elah; Robert Rodriguez' Planet Terror portion of Grindhouse; John Stockwell's Into the Blue; Victor Nunez' Coastlines; Paul Verhoeven's Hollow Man; James D. Stern's All the Rage; Guillermo del Toro's Mimic; David O. Russell's Flirting with Disaster; and Richard Donner's The Goonies, which marked his film debut.

In early 2008, his film directing debut, a short entitled X, which he also wrote and produced, premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival before screening at such festivals as South by Southwest and the AFI Dallas Film Festival. He also directed the behind-the-scenes documentary for the No Country for Old Men DVD.

Mr. Brolin made his mark in television starring in two Western dramas; the epic miniseries Into the West, and the popular series The Young Riders. He has also starred in the series Mister Sterling and Private Eye; in the telefilms Gang in Blue, with the late J.T. Walsh and directed by Mario and Melvin Van Peebles, and Prison for Children, directed by Larry Peerce; and in the telefilm remake of Picnic, directed by Ivan Passer.

He spent five years with actor/director Anthony Zerbe at the Reflections Festival at the GeVa Theatre in Rochester, New York. While there, Mr. Brolin directed and performed in several of the festival's plays, including Pitz and Joe; Life in the Trees; Forgiving Typhoid Mary; Oh; The Innocents; Peep Hole; Ellen Universe Joins the Band; Lincoln Park Zoo; and Hard Hearts. His additional stage work includes starring opposite Elias Koteas on Broadway in Sam Shepard's True West; appearing off-Broadway in The Exonerated; The Skin of Our Teeth, The Crucible, and A Streetcar Named Desire, all at the Kennedy Memorial Theatre; A Midsummer Night's Dream, at the Lebrero Theatre; and Dark of the Moon, at the Ann Capa Ensemble Theatre.

for "Milk" updated 22-Nov-2008


Biography #3

Before filming Hollow Man, Brolin starred in the thriller Best Laid Plans, the story of a twentysomething slacker caught up in a heist gone wrong.

His other recent films include The Mod Squad, in which he played Claire Danes' duplicitous con man boyfriend; Slow Burn with Minnie Driver; and All The Rage, a dark comedy about 10 dysfunctional characters whose lives intertwine after an accidental shooting.

Other recent film credits include Nightwatch, a psychological thriller with Nick Nolte and Patricia Arquette; the science-fiction thriller Mimic; Flirting With Disaster; Bed Of Roses and Roadflower. His movie debut was in The Goonies, directed by Richard Donner with a story by Steven Spielberg and a screenplay by Chris Columbus.

Brolin's television work includes regular starring roles in three series: The Young Riders, Private Eye and Winnetka Road. He also appeared in the TV movie Prison Of Children and the Showtime original film Gang In Blue.

Brolin spent five years acting and directing with Anthony Zerbe at the Reflections Festival at the GeVa Theatre in Rochester, New York, where his credits included Pitz And Joe, Life In The Trees, Forgiving Typhoid Mary, Oh, The Innocents, Peep Hole, Ellen Universe Joins The Band, Lincoln Park Zoo and Hard Hearts. He also appeared on stage at the Kennedy Memorial Theatre, Lebrero Theatre and Ann Capa Ensemble Theatre, playing roles in such classics as Dark Of The Moon, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Crucible and A Streetcar Named Desire.

Bio courtesy Columbia Pictures (01-Jan-2000)


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