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Born: Feb. 12, 1968 Templeton, California, USA
James Brolin was born on February 12, 1968 in Templeton, California to James Brolin and Jane Cameron Agee. He made his feature film debut in Steven Spielberg’s 1985 family movie The Goonies with Corey Feldman and Sean Astin. He followed that with the film Thrashin’, the TV movie Prison for Children (starring John Ritter), a supporting role in the short-lived TV series Private Eye (1987-1988), and a co-starring role with his father in the TV movie Finish Line.
A steady paycheck and a raised profile soon followed when he joined Stephen Baldwin in the TV series The Young Riders, which ran from 1989-1992. A bevy of projects followed in 1996 with Gang of Blue, Bed of Roses (with Christian Slater and Mary Stuart Masterson) and Flirting with Disaster which featured an ensemble cast that included Ben Stiller, Patricia Arquette, Téa Leoni, Alan Alda, Mary Tyler Moore, George Segal and Lily Tomlin. The next year would prove to be busy as well with the releases of My Brother’s War (with dad James Brolin and Jennie Garth), Nightwatch opposite Patricia Arquette, Nick Nolte and Ewan McGregor and Mimic starring Mira Sorvino.
Brolin played a drug addict in 1999’s The Mod Squad remake which starred Claire Danes, Giovanni Ribisi and Omar Epps, and that same year appeared in Best Laid Plans with Alessandro Nivola and Reese Witherspoon and All the Rage with Joan Allen, Jeff Daniels and Anna Paquin.
2000 saw him in the TV movie of the play Picnic as well as Hollowman with Kevin Bacon and Elisabeth Shue. That same year, he also made his Broadway debut in Sam Shepard’s True West with Elias Koteas. In 2002, came Coastlines with Timothy Olyphant and Sarah Wynter. He returned to series television with Mister Sterling in 2003. Surprisingly, it didn’t last past its’ first season despite having porn star Jenna Jameson among its roster. He worked on 2004’s Melinda and Melinda with director Woody Allen and fellow castmates Chloe Sevigny, Will Ferrell and Amada Peet and then appeared in 2005’s Into the Blue with Jessica Alba and Paul Walker.
Brolin was on the screen several times in 2007 as he appeared in Grindhouse, No Country for Old Men (with Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem and Woody Harrelson), In the Valley of Elah (opposite Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, Jason Patric, Susan Sarandon and James Franco) and American Gangster, the Ridley Scott film which starred Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington.
On the private side of things, Brolin met Alica Adair while shooting Private Eye. They married in 1988 and divorced in 1992 after having a son and a daughter, Trevor and Eden. His parents divorced in 1984; his mother died in a car crash in 1995. After his father married Barbra Streisand in 1998, he began dating, and later got engaged to, actress Minne Driver. The engagement was called off in 2001. He began seeing actress Diane Lane and the pair married in 2004.