The Brolin family is full of talent. The family patriarch, James, has been busy starring in TV shows and movies since 1960. His son Josh shot to fame in movies like Milk (2008) and The real courage (2010). James’ wife since 1998 is legendary singer, actress and director Barbra Streisand. His ex-wife is actress Jan Smithers.
But did you know that there is another Brolin working in the entertainment industry? James’ daughter, Molly Elizabeth Brolin, has been a behind-the-scenes presence on various productions for years. Here’s everything we know about her.
Molly Elizabeth Brolin is producer
Molly, a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, has an eclectic array of projects under her belt. She has worked on theater films, including men in black (2012) and John Mulaney: New in Town (2012). She ventured into rock opera territory two years later in 2014 with Smiling swamp princess– directed by Eden Brolin, daughter of Molly’s half-brother, Josh.
After that, Molly was an assistant producer on a TV movie for the Hallmark Channel, royal hearts (2018). It starred his father as a rancher from Montana who unexpectedly inherits a kingdom. James was also the film’s executive producer and director.
Molly’s creativity led her to become a metalwork artist who crafts wearables from silver and gold. According to his websiteShe does custom work on demand.
His parents are both successful actors
James Brolin had a successful career as an actor spanning decades up to his days in the drama television series Marcus Welby, MD (1969-76) and Hotel (1983-88). Most recently, he was in a sitcom titled life in pieces (2015-19).
His rugged good looks and towering stature of 6ft 4in first caught the attention of the public who saw him on TV shows like love, american style (1969-74), Journey to the bottom of the sea (1964-68), and Twelve O’Clock High (1964-67).
James has also appeared in films including Traffic (2000) and Catch Me If You Can (2002).
Looks like he’s close with Molly. The fact that they worked together on royal hearts indicates it, as well as the adorable photos he posted of her on his Instagram.
His mother is James’s second wife, Jan Smithers
Viewers may remember Smithers from his roles on television shows such as WKRP in Cincinnati (1978-82), New mike hammer (1985), and Cover (1985). However, Smithers caught the public eye in an unlikely way long before she was on the small screen.
In 1966, she was the quintessentially pretty California girl with long blonde hair that could have come straight out of a Beach Boys song. Smithers was spotted by two people from Newsweek who told her they were working on a teenage story and asked if she would like to be part of it. She said yes and landed on the blanket.
After that, Smithers did a few commercials in high school and was eventually cast as Bailey Quarters in WKRP. She met James Brolin during filming Hoteland the couple married in 1986.
Molly was their only child. Smithers only intended to take six months off to raise her, but her love for her daughter superseded her desire to return to the camera. “I loved having a career, but when I met Molly I just looked at her and said, ‘You need me'” Smithers said Newsweek.
As for his marriage, it fell apart after nine years due to James’ frequent absences from home for work. Smithers wanted a quiet life away from the bustle of Hollywood. “I had Molly,” she explained, “and I wanted to be in the country and get away from this world.”
Her brother, Josh, is a Gen X icon
Josh Brolin is the son of James and his first wife, Jane Cameron Agee, whose death affected Josh deeply. “My mother died when I was in my twenties. [was painful]. All the impact it had on me that I hadn’t gotten over; I’ve always been a mama’s boy,” he said.
Josh’s breakout role – playing Brandon Walsh in The Goonies (1985) – was followed by many other high-profile roles in films like There is no country for old people (2007) and Thanos in the Marvel franchise. His acting has garnered an Academy Award nomination and a Screen Actors Guild award, among other accolades.
The Brolins seem like a close-knit clan, in part because they all enjoy being involved in the entertainment scene. Molly has shown she has an affinity for production. She and her family have truly earned their place in the ranks of notable Hollywood dynasties like the Sheen/Estevez, Bridges, and Arquette families.