Josh Brolin has acted in theater, film and television roles since 1985. He is known primarily for his roles in the films "Thrashin'," "The Goonies," "W.," "No Country for Old Men," "Milk," "American Gangster," "True Grit," "Men in Black 3," "Gangster Squad," "Oldboy," & "Sicario."
Brolin started his career in TV movies and guest spots on TV shows before getting a more notable role as Brand Walsh in the Richard Donner-directed movie "The Goonies." He was considered for the role of Tom Hanson in the series "21 Jump Street"; he and Johnny Depp were the finalists for the role, and at that time the two became close and remained friends even after the role was ultimately awarded to Depp. Brolin guest-starred in an episode of the show in its first season.
Brolin implied that he turned away from film acting for years after the premiere of his second film, "Thrashin'." For several years, he appeared in stage roles in Rochester, New York. One of Brolin's more prominent roles early in his career was that of Wild Bill Hickok in the ABC western TV series "The Young Riders," which lasted three seasons. Two other TV series he was involved in include the Aaron Spelling production "Winnetka Road" and "Mister Sterling."
Brolin's extensive film work consists of many villainous roles in recent films including "Planet Terror," Gus van Sant's Milk, "American Gangster" and Oliver Stone's "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps." He also played the lead role in the Coen brothers' Academy Award-winning film "No Country for Old Men."
Brolin also starred in another Oliver Stone film in 2008 called "W.," a biopic about key events in the life of President George W. Bush.
Brolin received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Gus Van Sant's biopic "Milk" as city supervisor Dan White, who assassinated San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone. He made news by wearing a White Knot to the Academy Awards ceremony to demonstrate solidarity with the marriage equality movement. He portrayed Jonah Hex in the film of the same name. Brolin played a younger Agent K in "Men in Black 3" released in May 2012.
In May 2014, Brolin was announced to voice Marvel villain Thanos in the upcoming superhero films "Guardians of the Galaxy," "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and another Avengers sequel.
Brolin starred in the film "Gangster Squad" portraying John O'Mara released in 2013. Brolin's had other big roles in "Labor Day" (2013), "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" (2014), "Inherent Vice" (2014) and "Sicario" (2015). Brolin wrote and directed the short film "X," as his directorial debut.
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