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James Brolin – MovieActors.com

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Brolin in THE AMITYVILLE HORROR.

About James Brolin (1940 – )

James Brolin was born on July 18, 1940, in Los Angeles, California, to Helen Sue and Henry Hurst Bruderlin, who was a building contractor. His parents named him Craig Kenneth Bruderlin. He has one younger brother and two younger sisters.

Sometimes James Brolin is credited as Jim Brolin. Both names differ from his birth name of James Bruderlin. His other nick name is Mr. Streisand, as he married a huge star, Barbara Streisand, the love of his life.

As a child, James had a "stifling" shy personality, and enjoyed airplanes and animals. At the age of ten, young James was building and flying airplanes, but liked to be by himself.

As a young person, James enjoyed going to the movies, and loved James Dean, which his parants saw as a possible motivator for James to come out of himself, and into the world. They encouraged him to try acting.

James met another teen, just a year younger than himself, Ryan O'Neal, through a director. The two became very good friends, and later both enrolled in University High School, located in West Los Angeles.

After high school, O'Neal encouraged James to become an actor, and boosted his confidence by taking James to his own casting agent, in 1960. James' parents were behind their son and urged him to try.

In 1961, James got his foot in the world of acting by being cast in small parts in two TV series: BUS STOP;(episode: The Resurrection of Annie Ahearn), and FOLLOW THE SUN; (episode:The Longest crap game in History.)

Throughout the 1960s', more TV episode work followed. His first film roles were often uncredited, or small bit parts: TAKE HER SHE'S MINE;(1963), JOHN GOLDFARB, PLEASE COME HOME!;(1965), and OUR MAN FLINT!;(1966).

His first small film role was in his friend Clint Eastwood's film, VON RYAN'S EXPRESS; (1965).
Other small supporting roles followed in the following films: FANTASTIC VOYAGE;(1966), WAY...WAY OUT;(1966), and a mainstream 1968 film, THE BOSTON STRANGLER. His first starring role was in so-so, B movie, called THE CAPE TOWN AFFAIR;(1967), co-starring with Jacqueline Bisset.

James Brolin hit the jack pot, career wise, when he was cast as Dr. Steven Kiley, opposite Robert Young, in the 1969 TV series; MARCUS WELBY, MD. It was a very popular show, and lasted until 1976. James considered Robert Young a mentor who helped him in his acting ability. James won a Best Supporting Actor 1970 Primetime Emmy, and two Golden Globes for his performances during the 1971 and 1972 seasons.

While portraying Dr. Steven Kiley on Marcus Welby, MD, James did some guest star work on another series, OWEN MARSHALL, COUNSELOR AT LAW; as his character, Dr. Steven Kiley.

James Brolin was cast in some very fine films during the 1970s' and early 1980s', including: WESTWORLD;(1973), CAPRICORN ONE;(1977), THE CAR;(1977) and THE AMITYVILLE HORROR;(1979), NIGHT OF THE JUGGLER;(1980), AND HIGH RISK;(1981).

The 1980s' brought some fine performances by James Brolin in TV Movies, including:MAE WEST;(1982),COWBOY;(1983), INTIMATE ENCOUNTERS;(1986), HOLD THE DREAM;(1986) and VOICE OF THE HEART;(1989).

In 1983, James Brolin was given a major role in a hit TV series, HOTEL, portraying Peter McDermott. James co-starred with a talented ensemble cast, including: Connie Sellecca, Nathan Cook, Shari Belafonte, and Michael Spound. The show had a good five year run, ending in 1988. James was nominated twice for a Best Actor Golden Globe.

Highlights of Brolin's acting career in the 1990s' include the James Arness 1993 TV Movie; GUNSMOKE:THE LONG RIDE, the 1994 video; THE VISUAL BIBLE: ACTS, the 1994 TV Movie; A PERRY MASON MYSTERY:THE CASE OF THE GRIMACING GOVERNOR, the 1995 TV series; EXTREME, the 1996 TV movie;HART TO HART: HARTS IN HIGH SEASON, and the 1997-2000 TV series, PENSACOLA:WINGS OF GOLD; portraying Lt. Col. Bill Raven Kelly.

In 1997, James directed and acted in the indie film, MY BROTHER'S WAR, and won a Hollywood Discovery Award for Best Feature Film. His son, Josh, also had a role in this film.

In 2002, playing Governor Robert Ritchie, James Brolin had a recurring role on the television show: THE WEST WING.
Also in 2002, James had a supporting role in the hit film, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN.

James Brolin has been married three times. From 1966 to 1986, James was married to Jane Cameron Agee, and they had two sons; Jesse Brolin and Josh Brolin. The younger son, Josh, has been in several movies and TV series starting out in 1985 with the hit 1985 movie, THE GOONIES.

James and Jane had an angry divorce, but they both "sucked up cupcakes" and behaved for Josh's first movie premiere, for THE GOONIES. The result of having to be nice to each other in public is that James and Jane became good friends again. Tragically, Jane died in a car accident in 1986, which was very hard on James, and his sons. Jesse hasn't fared as well as Josh, and developed mental health issues.

In 1986, James married actress Jan Smithers, after meeting her on the TV series, HOTEL, when she guest starred a few times. They had a daughter together, Molly Elizabeth Brolin, born in 1987. Molly also has becme an actress. They divorced in 1995.

James Brolin married superstar Barabara Streisand on July 1st,1998, and they are still really happy and in love.
He became a step-father to Barabara's son, Jason.

James Brolin's notable movie credits include...

THE STEPS (2015)
THE SISTERS (2015)
THE 33 (2015)
ELSA & FRED (2014)
LOVE, WEDDING, MARRIAGE (2011)
LAST WILL (2011)
ANGEL CAMOUFLAGED (2010)
THE GOODS:LIVE HARD, SELL HARD (2009)
MYSTERIOUS (2007)
THE HUNTING PARTY (2007)
THE AMERICAN STANDARDS (2007)
THE ALIBI (2006)
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN (2002)
LEWIS & CLARK & GEORGE (1997)
THE HAUNTED SEA (1997)
TED AND VENUS (1991)
THE AMITYVILLE HORROR (1979)
CAPRICORN ONE (1978)
VON RYAN'S EXPRESS (1965)

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James Brolin in
THE AMITYVILLE HORROR
(1979).



 

 

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