Josh Brolin is an actor who began his career in 1984 in his teens. Although he first became widely known thanks to his role in ‘The Goonies,’ he is now probably best known for playing the supervillain Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Due to his successful career, Josh Brolin’s net worth is now $45 million. Here is how this talented actor accrued his wealth.
His Early Life
Josh Brolin was born in California on February 12, 1968. Acting runs in his family, as his father is actor, producer, and director James Brolin. However, his mother, Jane Cameron, was a wildlife activist, and she raised him on a ranch in Templeton, California, where he was not exposed to his father’s acting career. Brolin’s parents divorced when he was 16, and his father is now married to actress and singer Barbara Streisand. During his teens, Brolin experienced many problems. He has admitted drug abuse, including taking heroin, and said that he stole cars with his friends to fund his drug use. Although he didn’t get into drug use long-term, he saw many of his friends die from drug abuse.
Josh Brolin’s Career
In his teens, Josh Brolin began his career with guest roles in television series and roles in made-for-TV films. He first rose to prominence when he played Brandon Walsh in the 1985 comedy adventure film ‘The Goonies.’ His second film role was in the 1986 skater drama film ‘Thrashin’.’ Brolin was disappointed in his acting in this film, and it deterred him from appearing in films for several years. Instead, he spent time appearing in stage productions. He did not appear in another film until he landed a small role in the 1994 film ‘Roadflower.’ He also played Wild Bill Hickok in the television series ‘The Young Rider’ between 1989 and 1992. Brolin also had roles in the series’ Winnetka Road’ in 1994 and ‘Mister Sterling’ in 2003, both of which were canceled after just a few episodes.
Brolin experienced a resurgence in his career after the turn of the Millennium. Following his resurgence, he became known for playing villainous roles. Some of his films in the late 2000s and early 2010s include ‘Planet Terror,’ ‘Milk,’ ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,’ and ‘American Gangster.’ Brolin also played the lead in ‘No Country for Old Men,’ which is an award-winning neo-Western crime thriller film released in 2007. In 2010, Josh Brolin first appeared in a film based on a comic book, when he played the titular character in the DC Comics film ‘Jonah Hex.’ It was the start of a decade of appearing in comic films, although he is more associated with the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Since 2014, Brolin has portrayed Thanos in various Marvel Cinematic Universe films. He first played the role of Thanos in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’. Brolin reprised the role for the films’ Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame.’ Josh Brolin signed a contract with 20th Century Fox in 2017 to play the Marvel Comics character Nathan Summers/Cable in four films that are part of the X-Men series. The first film in which he played the character was in the 2018 movie ‘Deadpool 2.’ Although the intention was for him to reprise the character in the X-Force movie, Disney acquired 20th Century, and that did not happen.
However, not all the films in which Brolin has appeared in the last decade are linked to comic books. He has also had roles in the action crime film ‘Gangster Squad,’ ‘True Grit,’ ‘Labor Day,’ and ‘Oldboy.’ Brolin will portray Gurney Halleck in the upcoming science-fiction film ‘Dune.’ In addition to acting, Josh Brolin has also dabbled in writing, producing, and directing. His first venture was the 2009 documentary feature film ‘The People Speak,’ in which he performs and of which he was the executive producer.
Brolin made his directorial debut with the 2010 short film ‘X,’ which he also wrote. It is about a man who escapes from prison to find his daughter and search for his daughter’s murdered mother. The film opened the Union City International Film Festival in New Jersey. The actor has some upcoming film projects, including ‘Flag Day’ and ‘What If…?’, which are both in post-production, and ‘Brothers,’ which is in pre-production. He is also filming a television series called ‘Outer Range,’ which is set to air in 2021.
In addition to his acting career, Josh Brolin has made money through stock trading. He first started stock trading during his mid-20s and was successful enough that he considered quitting acting. Over a three-year period, he made a significant amount of money. His interest in stock trading led to him co-founding a stock trading website, although the website is now defunct.
Josh Brolin’s Net Worth
Josh Brolin’s net worth is $45 million. He has made his money from an acting career that spans five decades as he began his career as a child actor. His ventures writing, producing, and directing have also contributed to his wealth. Furthermore, Brolin has made money through trading stocks.
His Personal Life
Brolin has been married three times and has four children. His first wife was actress Alice Adair, who he married in 1988, but divorced in 1994. During their marriage, they had two children, Trevor and Eden. Both their children followed their parents into the acting profession. He was briefly engaged to actress Minnie Driver but then married actress Diane Lane in 2004. Lane and Brolin divorced in 2013. Following his second divorce, Brolin started dating his former assistant, model Kathryn Boyd who is 20 years younger than Brolin. The couple married in 2016, and their first daughter was born in 2018. They have since had a second daughter in December 2020.