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Craig Kenneth Bruderlin

Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Hurst Bruderlin and Helen Sue Bruderlin
Husband of <private> Smithers and Barbra Joan Streisand
Ex-husband of Jane Cameron Bruderlin
Father of Josh Brolin (actor); <private> Brolin and <private> Brolin

Occupation: actor, US-Schauspieler, Regisseur, Produzent.
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About James Brolin

He is an American actor, producer and director, best known for his roles in soap operas, movies, sitcoms, and television. He is the father of actor Josh Brolin and husband of singer/actress Barbra Streisand.

Brolin was born Craig Kenneth Bruderlin in Los Angeles, California. The eldest of two brothers and two sisters, he was the son of Helen Sue (née Mansur), a homemaker, and Henry Bruderlin, a building contractor.The family settled in Westwood after his birth. As a young child, he was apparently more interested in animals and airplanes than in acting. When Brolin was 10 in 1950, he began building model airplanes and was taught to fly them. As a teenaged moviegoer in the mid-1950s he was particularly fascinated with actor James Dean. When his parents invited a director over to his family's house for dinner before auditioning, he met another fellow actor and classmate, Ryan O'Neal, who was about a year younger than Brolin, and the two clicked, while the two enrolled in Los Angeles's renowned University High School. However, Bruderlin's own acting exposed his stifling shyness. His assurance grew when O'Neal invited him to a casting agency. Brolin graduated from high school in 1958, and his family was already encouraging him to become an actor like O'Neal.

Brolin resides in Malibu, California, with his wife, Barbra Streisand. He has been married three times.

In 1966, Brolin married Jane Cameron Agee, an aspiring actress at Twentieth Century Fox. The couple had 2 children, Josh (b. 1968), and Jess (b. 1972). They were divorced in 1984, after 18 years of marriage. Jane died in a car accident on February 13, 1995, one day after son Josh's 27th birthday. Josh said on the October 14, 2008, episode of The Late Show with David Letterman that his parents met on Batman, where his mother was a casting executive.

In 1985, Brolin met actress Jan Smithers on the set of Hotel, and they married in 1986. The couple had a daughter, Molly Elizabeth (1987). Jan Smithers filed for divorce from Brolin in 1995, a few weeks after the death of his first wife, Jane.

In 1996, Brolin met the singer and actress Barbra Streisand through a friend, and the two were married on July 1, 1998. He is also the grandfather of Trevor (b. 1988) and Eden (b. 1993), from his son Josh's first marriage.