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Brolin in La Quinta (2013)
Craig Kenneth Bruderlin

July 18, 1940 (1940-07-18) (age 81)
Nationality American
Other names
  • James M. Brolin
  • Craig J. Brolin
Alma mater University High School
Occupation Actor, producer, director
Years active 1960–present
Home town Los Angeles, California
Jane Cameron Agee
(m. 1966; div. 1984)

Jan Smithers
(m. 1986; div. 1995)

Barbra Streisand
(m. 1998)
Children 3, including Josh Brolin

James Brolin born Craig Kenneth Bruderlin, July 18, 1940 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 Barbra Streisand. Brolin has won two Golden Globes and an Emmy. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on August 10, 2016.

Early life

Brolin was born in Westwood, Los Angeles, California. The eldest of two brothers and two sisters. As a young child, he was apparently more interested in animals and airplanes, which he began building and flying when he was 10, than in acting. Brolin graduated from high school in 1958, and his family was already encouraging him to become an actor.

Early career

Brolin attended Santa Monica City College and studied drama at the University of California at Los Angeles before getting a contract with 20th Century Fox in 1960. At Fox, he started out as a contract player in Sandra Dee movies. At the age of 20, he changed his surname from "Bruderlin" to "Brolin" to become James Brolin.


During the 1970s, the 6 ft 4 inch Brolin began appearing in leading roles in films. By the mid 1970s, he was a regular leading man in films. When Roger Moore expressed his desire to leave the role of James Bond, Brolin screen tested for the role in the next film Octopussy (1983). Ultimately, however, Moore decided to continue in the series.


James Brolin Kiley Marcus Welby 1969
Brolin as Dr. Steven Kiley
in Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969)

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). The series was one of the top-rated television shows of the day. 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. He was also nominated for Golden Globes three times for Best Supporting Actor, and won twice between 1971 and 1973.

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.

Brolin has had a number of supporting roles in major cinema releases since 2000. He is currently playing the role of John, the family patriarch, in the CBS comedy Life in Pieces.

Personal life

Barbra Streisand and James Brolin
Barbra Streisand with Brolin (2013)

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. They were divorced in 1984. In 1985, Brolin met actress Jan Smithers on the set of Hotel, and they married in 1986. The couple had a daughter, Molly Elizabeth (b. 1987). Jan Smithers filed for divorce from Brolin in 1995.

In 1996, Brolin met Barbra Streisand through a friend, and they married on July 1, 1998. The couple reside in Malibu, California. Brolin is the stepfather of Streisand's only son, Jason Gould.



Year Title Role Notes
1963 Take Her, She's Mine Mel Uncredited
1965 Dear Brigitte Student Uncredited
1965 Von Ryan's Express Private Ames
1966 Fantastic Voyage Technician
1967 The Cape Town Affair Skip McCoy
1968 The Boston Strangler Detective Sgt. Phil Lisi
1972 Skyjacked Sgt. Jerome K. Weber
1973 Trapped Chuck Brenner Made-for-television movie, televised ca. Nov. 1973
1973 Westworld John Blane
1976 Gable and Lombard Clark Gable
1977 The Car Captain Wade Parent
1977 Capricorn One Colonel Charles Brubaker
1978 Steel Cowboy Clayton Ray Dennis
1979 The Amityville Horror George Lutz
1980 Night of the Juggler Sean Boyd
1981 High Risk Stone
1985 Pee-wee's Big Adventure P.W. Herman Cameo appearance
1987 Deep Dark Secrets Michael Wakefield
1989 Voice of the Heart Victor Mason
1990 Bad Jim B. D. Sweetman
1991 Ted & Venus Max Waters
1992 Gas Food Lodging John Evans
1993 Paper Hearts Henry
1994 The Book of Acts Simon Peter
1994 Parallel Lives Nick Dimas
2000 Traffic General Ralph Landry Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2002 Catch Me If You Can Jack Barnes
2002 The Master of Disguise Febbrizio Disguisey
2003 A Guy Thing Ken Cooper
2006 The Alibi Robert Hatch
2007 The American Standards Jack Jennings
2007 The Hunting Party Franklin Harris
2007 Bad Girl Island Terry Bamba
2008 Last Chance Harvey Brian
2008 Lost City Raiders John Kubiak
2009 The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard. Ben Selleck
2010 Burlesque Mr. Anderson
2010 Standing Ovation Producer
2011 Last Will Det. Sloan
2011 A Fonder Heart Craig
2011 Love, Wedding, Marriage Bradley
2014 Elsa & Fred Max Hayes
2015 Accidental Love Senator Bramen
2015 The Steps Ed
2015 The 33 Jeff Hart
2015 Sisters Bucky Ellis
2016 I'll Be Home For Christmas Jack Executive Producer & Director


Year Title Role Notes
1961 Follow the Sun Teenager Episode: "The Highest Wall"
1961 Bus Stop Unknown Episode: "The Resurrection of Annie Ahearn"
1962 Margie Freddie Coates Episode: "Madame President"
1965 Valentine's Day Unknown Episode: "Two Weeks with Pay"
1965 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Spencer Episode: "The Saboteur"
1965 The Patty Duke Show Hank Episode: "Patty Meets the Great Outdoors"
1965 Daniel Boone Member of the Lost Colony, Mark Episode: "The Lost Colony"
1966–67 The Monroes Dalton Wales 4 episodes
1966–67 Batman Various 4 episodes
1969–76 Marcus Welby, M.D. Dr. Steven Kiley 172 episodes
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (1971, 1973)
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (1971–73)
1972 Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law Zack Jamison Episode: "Shine a Light on Me"
1974 Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law Dr. Steven Kiley Episode: "I've Promised You a Father, Part 2"
1983–88 Hotel Peter McDermott 115 episodes
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Television Series Drama (1984–85)
1989 Finish Line Glenn's father Television movie
1990 Nightmare on the 13th Floor Dr. Alan Lanier Television movie
1990 The Earth Day Special Doctor
1993 Gunsmoke IV: The Long Ride John Parsley Television movie
1993 Visions of Murder Hal Television movie
1995 Extreme Reese Wheeler 7 episodes
1996 Hart to Hart: Hart's In High Season Elliot TV movie
1997 Roseanne Edgar Wellman, Jr. 2 episodes
1997–2000 Pensacola: Wings of Gold Lt. Colonel Bill Kelly 66 episodes
1997 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction Host 6 episodes
2002 The West Wing Governor Robert Ritchie 2 episodes
2003 The Reagans Ronald Reagan Television movie
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
2005 Monk Daniel Thorn Episode: "Mr. Monk Goes to Vegas"
2005 Widow on the Hill Hank Cavanaugh Television movie
2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Colonel Richard Finley Episode: "Lunacy"
2009 Psych Sheriff Hank Mendel Episode: "High Noon-ish"
2010 Blackout Terrance Danfield 3 episodes
2013–16 Castle Jackson Hunt 3 episodes
2013 Community William Winger Episode: "Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations"
2013 Christmas with Tucker Bo McCray Television movie
2015–present Life in Pieces John Short Current series

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