Josh Brolin

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Brolin in 2013, photo by PrPhotos

Birth Name: Josh James Brolin

Place of Birth: Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: February 12, 1968

Ethnicity: English, Swiss-German, German, Scottish, Irish, distant Welsh

Josh Brolin is an American actor. His roles include No Country for Old Men, W., Milk, Oldboy (2013), Sicario, and Hollow Man, among many others.

He is the son of Jane Cameron (Agee), a wildlife activist, and actor, producer, and director James Brolin (born Craig Kenneth Bruderlin).

The surname Bruderlin, later changed to Brolin, originated from Josh’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Albert Bruderlin, a Swiss immigrant. Josh’s paternal grandmother’s Mansur line can be traced to Robert Mansur, who was born, c. 1638, in England.

Josh is married to assistant and model Kathryn Boyd. He has two children, including actress Eden Brolin, with his former wife, actress Alice Adair; and two children with Kathryn. His stepmother is actress, musician, and filmmaker Barbra Streisand.

Josh’s paternal grandfather was Henry Hurst Bruderlin (the son of Henry Casper Bruderlin and Sarah Elizabeth Hurst). Josh’s grandfather Henry was born in Colorado. Josh’s great-grandfather Henry was the son of Albert Bruderlin, who was German, of Swiss-German descent, and of Malvina Behrens, who was born in Illinois, to German parents. Sarah was the daughter of Levi Allen Hurst and Anna Gertrude McLane.

Josh’s paternal grandmother was Helen Sue Mansur (the daughter of Alan/Allan Jay Mansur and Gertrude K./L. Stone/Stones). Helen was born in California. Alan was the son of Ozro Edward Mansur and Helen Aline/Aleene Brownell. Gertrude was the daughter of Hiram Nephi Stones, whose parents were from Lancashire, England, and of Susan Monima Strong.

Josh’s maternal grandfather was John Wesley Agee (the son of James/John Madison Agee and Ocie/Osie Anna Cameron). Josh’s grandfather John was born in Georgia. James was the son of William Washington Agee and Mary Martha Hopkins. Ocie was the daughter of Elbert Cameron and Martha Stephens/Stevens.

Josh’s maternal grandmother was Shirley Margaret Fugate (the daughter of William Sherman Fugate and Myrtle Lillie Sparks). Shirley was born in South Dakota. William was the son of John Fugate and Editha M. Owings. Myrtle was the daughter of Joseph Shaw Sparks and Mary Josephine Josie.

Sources: Genealogy of Josh Brolin –

Genealogies of Josh Brolin (focusing on his father’s side) –

Josh’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Albert Bruderlin and Malvina Behrens, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Genealogies of Josh’s paternal great-grandparents, Alan/Allan Jay Mansur and Gertrude K./L. Stone/Stones –

Genealogy of Josh’s maternal great-grandfather, William Sherman Fugate (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

15 Responses

  1. jonasbttencourt says:

    No doubt a rather odd look for a guy with this background, he is like a swarthier version of his dad, sure his mother dont have any native, black, or southern european ancestry down the line? But just as in the Taylor Lautner’s case, its not impossible for a guy with this white ass heritage to look like this, i have seen many welshman just as ”dark” as him, might be some combination of varies euro genes that end up given these broad features and strong olive complexion, or maybe not and its just one of those rare cases when the appearience does not match the entire genetic composition. And lets remember that he can have some slavic blood from his german ancestors, especially if they were from east Germany, and he is also ”swiss”, witch is basically just a nationality, and not a legit, ancient ethnic group, they are mostly a german-italian-french ”mix”, with a slavic spice to it aswell, so he can definitely have a considerable amount of southern and eastern european ancestry.

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