Here’s wishing a very happy 81st birthday to Hollywood icon, James Brolin! Born on July 18, 1940, in Los Angeles, California the actor, director, and producer has been part of the Hollywood scene since the 1960s.
According to Brolin, directing has always been something he was most passionate about. In an ABC News interview, the actor remembered having a knack for film at an early age.
“I’ve always had a preference for directing,” Brolin said. “When I was 10 years old, I was making pinhole cameras and making pictures out of paper and tape. At 15, I bought my first movie camera.”
While directing and producing has been where the Hollywood icon’s passion lies, it would be a while before Brolin could fully explore those opportunities.
James Brolin First Made His Way Onto Television as a Silent Cowboy
James Brolin’s first real acting gig was when he starred in a commercial as what he describes as a “young cowboy driving a Dodge truck.”
“I was so shy back then,” the actor remembered.”But I wouldn’t have to talk.
This commercial was all the young actor needed to break onto the scene. Soon, James Brolin landed a co-starring role in “Marcus Welby, M.D.” In the popular series, James Brolin starred as Dr. Steven Kiley. Kiley was one of the main players in the series. Brolin starred alongside Robert Young who portrayed the title character in the series.
In 1973, Brolin was cast as John Blane in the hit movie “Westworld.” By 1979, Brolin landed a starring role as George Lutz in “Amityville Horror.” Brolin’s terrifyingly perfect performance in the hit movie is still one of Hollywood’s most rememberable roles.
Over the years, the actor found many starring roles. Brolin was cast as Peter McDermott in the popular television series, “Hotel.” The show followed a cast of characters from the hotel staff to the guests in the fictional St. Gregory Hotel.
Brolin Has a Real Love For the Director’s Chair
This is the first directing opportunity for the actor, as he took over the director’s chair during one of the “Hotel” episodes.
James Brolin ultimately went on to direct ten episodes of the popular series.
In 1997, Brolin directed the award-winning film, “My Brothers War.” This film featured James Brolin’s son, actor Josh Brolin.
James Brolin’s other directing credits include “Crash Test,” “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” “Call to Glory,” and “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.”
Brolin served as both director and producer on “Pensacola: Wings of Gold.”
In 2000, Brolin won a SAG award for his portrayal of General Ralph Landry in the hit film “Traffic.”
Brolin returned to the small screen in 2015 when he starred as John Short in the hilarious CBS comedy “Life In Pieces.”
In 1998, the actor wed singing legend, Barbra Streisand. The couple met through a mutual friend just two years earlier.