James Brolin
American actor
James Brolin
James Brolin is an American actor, producer and director, best known for his roles in film and television, including sitcoms and soap operas. He is the father of actor Josh Brolin and husband of singer/actress Barbra Streisand.
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The LA Art Show Attracts More Celebrities With Each New Year!
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The LA art scene is booming. As the LA Art show celebrates its 21st year, more and more celebrities will attend the annual art fair. Last year's attendees included Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Melanie Griffith, Barbara Streisand, James Brolin, Leonardo DiCaprio, James Franco, Lily Collins, Eli Broad, Gayle Rossi, Shepard Fairey, and more. This year's hosts are Anne Hathaway and Adam Schulman with the beneficiary being St Jude's Hospital. See image courtesy of the LA Art Show; Anne Hathaway and Adam Schulman In addition to the LA Art Show's contemporary and modern section, this year's art fair will also feature the Los Angeles Fine Art show. Founder Kim Martindale explained, "Both shows will be co-located and take place in tandem, however, the LA Art Show will be curated to showcase modern and contemporary galleries and the Los Angeles Fine Art Show will be curated to include historic and traditional works." He went on to say that this separation creates a more honed curatorial / col ...
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Film Review: 'The 33'
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Photo Credit: Warner Brothers Pictures I haven't been held in such suspense since I jumped the Corinth canal only to have my bungee snap off; The 33 showcases the human condition in all its complexities. In 2010, 33 miners in Chile were buried alive by a mine explosion and left with only three days of food to survive. It would take 69 days and an international effort to bring all 33 miners to safety and above ground. How did they survive? And what can audiences learn from their decision to persevere against all odds. 200 stories beneath ground level with their only exit blocked by a boulder twice the mass of the empire state building, the miners mobilized in ways that would stun and magnetize viewers globally. The story of the explosion serves as a backdrop to introduce the based on real life 33 miners who were sent by a mining company to collect gold and copper in a mine they had been forewarned was fatally unstable. What do you do when faced with the decision to trust y ...
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James Brolin: I was unsuited to be an actor
CBS News - about 1 year
The 75-year-old star of CBS' "Life in Pieces" opens up about the hit sitcom and how he got his start in Hollywood
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And The Sexiest Man Alive Over Age 50 Is ...
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Like a fine wine, we know darn well that men also improve with age. So on the day People Magazine announced that soccer star David Beckham, 40, was its Sexiest Man Alive, we asked our Huff/Post50 Facebook followers which men over 50 they really thought deserved the title. Sorry David, but we are done bending it like you. (The movie! It's a reference to the movie, you dirty minds!) Here's who topped the post-50 charts: 1. Sean Connery Connery actually remains the oldest man to earn the People Magazine title. He was 59 when it was bestowed on him in 1989. And his reaction? "For once, I'm speechless," he said. "It'll all be downhill from here!'' Sorry 007, but we beg to disagree. You look better than ever! 2. George Clooney Many Clooney fans among us, many indeed. Some even remember when he was Dr. Doug Ross on television's ER. Clooney has twice been named as People's sexiest man alive (1997 and 2006) but we can't get enough of a good thing. Clooney is rocking it at 54. ...
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We Spent A Day On The Set Of Tina Fey And Amy Poehler's New Movie
Huffington Post - over 1 year
It was a balmy June day, and a party was raging on Long Island. Music was thumping, a keg was pumping and holiday lights -- that signature house-party fixture -- were strung throughout a living room that, for the moment, belonged to America's prized spiritual siblings: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Except this time, the duo were more than soul sisters -- they were shared-a-bedroom-and-wore-matching-Easter-dresses sisters.  At least for several weeks. It was 2014 when I visited a soundstage about 30 miles outside of New York City where Fey and Poehler were filming their first feature together since 2008's "Baby Mama." At the time, it was titled "The Nest." Now it's called "Sisters," but on the surface, not much else has changed. The cast and crew -- led by director Jason Moore ("Pitch Perfect") and writer Paula Pell ("SNL") -- already knew that their scheduled release date of Dec. 18, 2015, would put the movie head-to-head with the new "Star Wars" installment. (It, too, has netted a ...
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Why James Brolin And Wife Barbra Streisand Have Separate Bank Accounts
Huffington Post - over 1 year
James Brolin and his longtime companion Barbra Streisand have found the secret to a healthy marriage: separate bank accounts.  Brolin, who stars in CBS's new comedy "Life in Pieces," told HuffPost Live's Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani on Tuesday that the couple is better off for not mixing their finances. "We bifurcated, and I love it that way," Brolin said. "I have my own money and she has her own money." The actor added that the decision was a foregone conclusion, thanks to advice from friends and business managers, plus his own previous marital experience. "This is my third marriage, and I know what trouble can come out of marriage, so I didn't want any reason that I would ever have to be either divorced or married again," Brolin said.  "And that was 20 years ago," he continued, "so it works."  Watch the full HuffPost Live conversation with James Brolin here.  Want more HuffPost Live? Stream us anytime on Go90, Verizon's mobile social entertainment netwo ...
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Why James Brolin And Wife Barbra Streisand Have Separate Bank Accounts
The Huffington Post - over 1 year
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First Look: CBS Unveils “Rush Hour,” “Supergirl,” “Limitless” “Angel from Hell”
Headline Planet - almost 2 years
In Wednesday’s 2015-16 schedule announcement, CBS confirmed that the majority of its new series will premiere this fall. New comedy “Life in Pieces” (Monday at 8:30PM, then Thursday at 8:30PM after Thursday Night Football ends) and dramas “Limitless” (Tuesday at 10PM) and “Code Black” (Wednesday at 10PM) will arrive as soon as the season commences. Drama “Supergirl” (Monday at 8PM) and comedy “Angel from Hell” (Thursday at 9:30PM) will then start in November. Only the high-profile “Rush Hour” adaptation and “Criminal Minds” spin-off “Beyond Borders” will wait until midseason to make their premieres. In conjunction with its scheduling announcement, CBS issued first look gallery and episodic photos for “Supergirl,” “Limitless,” “Rush Hour,” “Code Black,” “Angel from Hell” and “Life in Pieces.” Those, along with synopses, follow: CODE BLACK, based on the award-winning documentary by Ryan McGarry, is a heart-pounding medical drama that takes place in the bus ...
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Why Barbra Streisand Is The World's Last Great Superstar
Huffington Post - about 2 years
"Oh, dear -- I'm not wearing the right shoes for this!" were the first words Barbra Streisand ever said to me. And I fell in love, as I knew I would. Exactly 10 years ago I was one of two "civilians" invited to One&Only Palmilla, the luxury resort in Los Cabos, Mexico, to help surprise John Travolta for his 50th birthday with a weekend-long celebration that had megawatt co-hosts Oprah Winfrey, Tom Cruise and Barbra Streisand leading the celebrity-filled festivities. The resort welcomed Tony Bennett, Sean Penn, Meg Ryan, Robin Williams, Sylvester Stallone (whom I overheard ask a bartender "How do you say 'tequila' in Spanish?"), Kirstie Alley, Quincy Jones, Natalie Cole, Gayle King (the best airplane companion and dance partner), Carly Simon, Cal Ripken, Jr., Buzz Aldrin, Laura Dern, Forest Whitaker and on and on and on -- an impossibly dense galaxy of superstars -- and me. It was quite the weekend. At the culmination of the remarkable activities was an all-star concert (To ...
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James Brolin On His Son Josh Brolin's Addiction Issues: 'He Doesn't Share That Stuff With Me' (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actor James Brolin joins HuffPost Live to talk about his son's struggles, as well as his parenting technique.
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Kevin McDonough: Dowd Provides Maximum Exposure for Unmade Mini
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Dear Maureen Dowd: Stop writing about television. You've got better things to do. Leave TV criticism to lowly hack TV critics. Like me. With all due respect. You can write about anything. Putin and Obama just relaunched the Cold War and you've devoted your column ("Reince Is Right") to the effects of a miniseries that hasn't been made on an election that's three years away. Not to be impertinent, but let me remind you that there already was a miniseries (or limited series) about Hillary, or a very Hillary-like character. And it aired only last year, during a presidential election. And nobody seemed to care, or really notice. "Political Animals" starred Sigourney Weaver, a formidable actress. And it aired on the USA network, which is not exactly the Witness Protection Program. Or at least the fans of "Suits" and "Royal Pains" seem to think so. The idea that miniseries can affect politics remains unproven. If miniseries really meant votes, then a Kennedy would be in Wh ...
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How I made it: Mary Micucci, owner of Along Came Mary Events
LATimes - over 3 years
The food business wasn't an obvious choice for the psychology grad, who began the company to provide all-women bartending and waitress service. The gig: Mary Micucci, 63, is the owner of Along Came Mary Events, one of Hollywood's leading catering and special events businesses. Often called the "caterer to the stars," Micucci has handled more than 400 movie premieres, from "Titanic" in 1997 to "The Hangover Part III" earlier this month, as well as numerous Grammy, Emmy and Academy Awards parties. She has also catered events for numerous celebrities, including Barbra Streisand's wedding to actor James Brolin in 1998.     
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of James Brolin
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2013
    Age 72
    Brolin has played Richard Castle's mysterious father in two episodes of ABC's Castle, in 2013 and 2014.
    More Details Hide Details He appeared in the NBC sitcom Community as William Winger, Jeff Winger's estranged father. He is currently playing the role of John, the father, in the CBS comedy Life in Pieces. Brolin has been married three times and has three children.
  • 2009
    Age 68
    He also appeared in a 2009 episode of Psych, titled "High Noon-ish", in which he played the sheriff of a tourist-attracting "Wild West" town.
    More Details Hide Details The episode was in part a parody of the 1973 film Westworld, in which he had starred.
    Brolin appeared in the 2009 comedy film The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard.
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  • 2008
    Age 67
    In 2008, Brolin guest starred on Law & Order: SVU as astronaut Col. Dick Finley.
    More Details Hide Details The same year, Brolin also starred in the lead role in the Sci-Fi Channel film Lost City Raiders.
  • 2006
    Age 65
    In 2006, Brolin appeared in the A&E Network film Wedding Wars, playing an anti-gay marriage governor.
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  • 2005
    Age 64
    In 2005, Brolin guest starred on the TV series Monk as casino owner Daniel Thorn.
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  • 2003
    Age 62
    In late 2003, Brolin portrayed Ronald Reagan in the television film The Reagans.
    More Details Hide Details The film was originally meant to air on CBS, but after creative differences, scripts controversies, and rising costs, CBS passed on the film, and it aired on cable channel Showtime, also owned by Viacom. The role earned Brolin his fifth Emmy Award nomination, as well as his fifth Golden Globe nomination.
    These include (amongst others) the role of General Ralph Landry, outgoing director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy in Steven Soderbergh's Oscar-winning Traffic (2000); as Jack Barnes in Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can (2002); a minor role in the 2003 comedy A Guy Thing; as philandering husband Robert Hatch in the 2006 comedy The Alibi (released in the UK as Lies and Alibis); as Jack Jennings in the 2007 film The American Standards; as TV network anchor Frank Harris in Richard Shepard's The Hunting Party (2007); and as Brian in Joel Hopkins' 2008 film Last Chance Harvey with Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman.
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  • 2002
    Age 61
    In 2002, Brolin played Governor Robert Ritchie of Florida, the Republican opponent of President Jed Bartlet, on the TV series The West Wing.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1997
    Age 56
    In 1997, Brolin guest-starred on Roseanne.
    More Details Hide Details In Part 1 ("Lanford's Elite"), Roseanne & Jackie go to a luncheon at the Lanford Country Club, where they meet the son of their old boss Edgar Wellman Jr. (Brolin) of the Wellman Plastics factory. It appears that the factory is in need of financial help and Roseanne's money could save the factory. In Part 2 ("Some Enchanted Merger"), once the Wellman Plastics buyout is completed, Roseanne is at a loss for what to do when a mutual attraction springs between herself and Wellman. Brolin has had a number of supporting roles in major cinema releases since 2000.
    In 1997, he also hosted Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction, a television series that shows five stories which have to do with the paranormal and supernatural.
    More Details Hide Details Jonathan Frakes took his place after the first season of the show.
    In 1997, Brolin's luck changed with the syndicated television series Pensacola: Wings of Gold.
    More Details Hide Details He played the role of Lt. Col. Bill "Raven" Kelly, whose job was to teach young Marines in a special unit, before being promoted to work with a group of talented Marine fighter pilots. Brolin served as an executive producer and director on the series. In 2000, however, the show was cancelled after 66 episodes due to low ratings.
  • 1996
    Age 55
    In 1996, Brolin met singer, actress, and director Barbra Streisand through a friend, and the two were married on July 1, 1998.
    More Details Hide Details The couple reside in Malibu, California. Brolin is the stepfather of Streisand's only son, Jason Gould.
  • 1995
    Age 54
    Jan Smithers filed for divorce from Brolin in 1995.
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  • 1992
    Age 51
    In 1992, her mentor was in attendance at her wedding to John Tesh.
    More Details Hide Details As the new decade approached, Brolin starred in both Angel Falls for CBS and Extreme for ABC, although neither matched the popularity of his earlier series.
  • FORTIES
  • 1985
    Age 44
    In 1985, Brolin met actress Jan Smithers on the set of Hotel, and they married in 1986.
    More Details Hide Details The couple had a daughter, Molly Elizabeth (b. 1987).
    In 1985, Brolin parodied his near-hiring as James Bond in the film Pee-Wee's Big Adventure.
    More Details Hide Details In a film within the film, he merged the characters of Bond and Pee-Wee Herman, the "real" version of whom was played by Paul Reubens. He is referred to as "PW" and the role of Pee-Wee Herman's girlfriend "Dottie" is played by Morgan Fairchild.
  • 1983
    Age 42
    Brolin was nominated twice for Golden Globes between 1983 and 1984 for Best Performance By an Actor in a TV Series, but didn't win either time.
    More Details Hide Details He would eventually serve as a director on the show, as well. On one episode of Hotel, he invited his future wife Jan Smithers to guest-star on the show as the writers suggested that they develop a storyline for them, as Brolin was going through a difficult divorce at the time. By 1988, after 5 seasons, Hotel was about to close its doors for good and the show was cancelled. That same year, his co-star, Cook had died of an allergic reaction to penicillin, and Brolin along with the rest of his cast attended his funeral. Sellecca said of Brolin's on-screen chemistry with her on Hotel, "I remember instantly feeling comfortable with Jim, and that's the thing that Jim has as to women, most women, they need to feel safe, and Jim gets that." She also said, "To have him in a different role and have that confidence, it was a wonderful experience." After the show's cancellation, Sellecca continues to be good friends with Brolin.
    In 1983, Brolin returned to television to star in another popular series.
    More Details Hide Details He teamed with producer Aaron Spelling's prime-time soap opera, Hotel, for ABC. On this show he played Peter McDermott, a hotel manager who tried to help everyone solve their problems while letting love come into his own life at the same time. Among those co-starring on the show was a new actress, Shari Belafonte (the daughter of singer Harry Belafonte), first as a reservations clerk and then Director of Guest Relations, Julie Gillette, a familiar actress, Connie Sellecca, as Brolin's executive assistant and later General Manager, Christine Francis, and Nathan Cook as Billy Griffin, an ex-con who later became Peter's best friend. They each had a wonderful chemistry with Brolin on the set. As with Marcus Welby, this show was a ratings winner.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1971
    Age 30
    He was also nominated for Golden Globes three times for Best Supporting Actor, and won twice between 1971 and 1973.
    More Details Hide Details Brolin also starred in the television films Short Walk to Daylight (1972) and Trapped (1973). He and his first wife Jane also appeared on several episodes of the 1970s game show Tattletales.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1970
    Age 29
    In its first season in 1970, Brolin won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, and was subsequently nominated three more times.
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  • 1968
    Age 27
    In 1968, Brolin transferred to Universal Studios, where he auditioned for a co-starring role opposite seasoned actor Robert Young in the popular medical drama Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969–1976).
    More Details Hide Details The series was one of the top-rated television shows of the day. Brolin became widely known for his portrayal of youthful, skilled assistant physician Dr. Steven Kiley. The chemistry between Young & Brolin clicked, and even came to attract young women for its medical interest throughout the show's run.
  • 1966
    Age 25
    In 1966, he married Jane Cameron Agee, an aspiring actress at Twentieth Century Fox, 12 days after they first met. The couple had two children, Josh (b. 1968), and Jess (b. 1972). They were divorced in 1984.
    More Details Hide Details Jane died in a car accident on February 13, 1995, one day after son Josh's 27th birthday. Josh said on the October 14, 2008, episode of the Late Show with David Letterman that his parents met on the TV series Batman, where his mother was a casting executive. James Brolin is the grandfather of Trevor (b. 1988) and Eden (b. 1993), from his son Josh's first marriage.
  • 1961
    Age 20
    Prior to taking acting classes in school, Brolin started out as a character actor on an episode of Bus Stop in 1961.
    More Details Hide Details The part led to parts in other television productions such as Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Margie, Love, American Style, Twelve O'Clock High and The Long, Hot Summer. He made three guest appearances on the popular 1960s series Batman, alongside Adam West and Burt Ward, as well as roles in The Virginian, and Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law alongside Arthur Hill and Lee Majors. He also had a recurring role on the short-lived television series The Monroes. At the age of 20 he changed his surname from "Bruderlin" to "Brolin" to become James Brolin. He signed a contract with 20th Century Fox. While in school struggling to make it big, he met actor Clint Eastwood. Brolin also had small roles in several films including Take Her, She's Mine (1963), Dear Brigitte (1965), Von Ryan's Express (1965), Fantastic Voyage (1966). The following year, his first big role was in The Cape Town Affair (1967), but it did not receive any success at the box office. Brolin was ultimately fired by 20th Century Fox.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1958
    Age 17
    Brolin graduated from high school in 1958, and his family was already encouraging him to become an actor like O'Neal.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1940
    Born
    Born on July 18, 1940.
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