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JOSH BROLIN (Detective Trupo) continues to emerge as a powerful, soughtafter film actor willing to take on challenging roles in both major-studio productions as well as independents.

Brolin will be seen this fall in several eagerly anticipated films including the Coen Brothers' crime drama No Country for Old Men, with Tommy Lee Jones and Javier Bardem, and again with Tommy Lee Jones and Susan Sarandon in Paul Haggis' drama In the Valley of Elah.

Brolin was last seen in Planet Terror, part of the critically acclaimed Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez double feature Grindhouse, alongside co-stars Rose McGowan and Freddy Rodriguez.

Brolin made his feature-film debut starring in the action-comedy The Goonies, directed by Richard Donner for producer Steven Spielberg, and has since appeared in several successful films including Paul Verhoeven's blockbuster hit Hollow Man, with Kevin Bacon, and Jim Stern's controversial film All the Rage, which made its debut at the 1999 Toronto Film Festival, featuring an all-star cast including Gary Sinise, Joan Allen, Giovanni Ribisi and Anna Paquin.

Brolin received recognition from critics and audiences in David O. Russell's Flirting With Disaster, portraying a bisexual federal agent torn between a love from the past and the reality of a current relationship. The film featured an outstanding ensemble cast including Ben Stiller, Patricia Arquette, Téa Leoni, Mary Tyler Moore, George Segal, Alan Alda, Lily Tomlin and Richard Jenkins.

Additional film credits include Victor Nunez's Coastlines, which premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, opposite Timothy Olyphant; Scott Silver's The Mod Squad, opposite Claire Danes; Ole Bornedal's psychological thriller Nightwatch, with Nick Nolte, Patricia Arquette and Ewan McGregor; Best Laid Plans, opposite Reese Witherspoon and Alessandro Nivola, produced by Mike Newell; Guillermo del Toro's science-fiction thriller Mimic, opposite Mira Sorvino, Jeremy Northam, and Charles S. Dutton; and John Stockwell's Into the Blue, opposite Jessica Alba.

Brolin made his mark in television as a series regular in the popular ABC series The Young Riders, as well as Private Eye for NBC and Winnetka Road for CBS. Brolin also received critical praise in the TNT epic miniseries Into the West, opposite Beau Bridges, Gary Busey and Jessica Capshaw. In addition, Brolin starred in the title role of NBC's acclaimed political drama Mister Sterling. The show followed the efforts of an idealistic young politician as he attempted to both learn and work within an often corrupt system. He also appeared in the CBS movie-of-the-week Prison for Children and in the Showtime original film Gang in Blue with Mario Van Peebles, J.T. Walsh and Stephen Lang. Brolin co-starred opposite Mary Steenburgen, Gretchen Mol and Bonnie Bedelia in CBS's television adaptation of William Inge's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Picnic.

Brolin spent five years with Anthony Zerbe at the Reflections Festival at the Geva Theatre in Rochester, New York. While there, he performed in and directed several of the festival's plays, including Pitz and Joe; Life in the Trees; Forgiving Typhoid Mary; Oh, The Innocents; Peep Hole; Ellen Universe Joins the Band; Lincoln Park Zoo; and Hard Hearts. Brolin also starred opposite Elias Koteas in the acclaimed Broadway production of Sam Shepard's True West. In 2004, Brolin starred in the award-winning off-Broadway play The Exonerated, based on the true stories of a half-dozen former death row inmates.

Additional stage credits include Skin of Our Teeth, The Crucible and A Streetcar Named Desire at the Kennedy Memorial Theatre; A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Lebrero Theatre; and Dark of the Moon at the Ann Capa Ensemble Theatre.

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