The similarities between Josh Brolin and his father, veteran television actor James Brolin are uncanny. Both share a kind of rugged handsomeness and believable gentleness that is both endearing and believable to us in the characters they portray. Though son Josh has yet to reach the long-standing career success of his father, he continues to surprise in television and film with diverse characters that appeal to a broad demographic of film goers. I think it is only a matter of time before he lands the movie role that will garner him the notoriety, acclaim and films he so readily deserves. He’s my pic for this weeks ‘Quickpress’ here at Above The Line.
Father James Brolin has over one hundred television and film credits, a popular actor perhaps best known as Dr. Steven Kiley in the long running television series “Marcus Welby, M.D.” that aired from 1969-1976. If you didn’t catch that series, he also played Peter McDermott in the television series “Hotel” in 114 episodes between 1983-1988. A consummate character actor with rugged good looks, James has been working steadily since the 1960’s.
Josh Brolin made his debut as Brandon ‘Brand’ Walsh in the hit film The Goonies (1985) and has been working steadily ever since – though it wasn’t until “The Young Riders” where Brolin played James Butler Hickok in 67 episodes between 1989-1992 that he was exposed to a broad audience and a cultivated talented young actor began to emerge. But it wouldn’t be until 2007 that Josh was rightfully recognized as resolute bad ass Llewelhn Moss in the Coen brother hit No Country for Old Men. But his performance in Oliver Stone‘s biopic W. is not to be missed. Politics aside, Stone does an amazing job through Josh Brolin who presents former president George W. Bush with charisma and charm that is hard to deny.