The Brolin family is a wealth of talent. The family’s patriarch, James, has been busy acting in TV series and films since 1960. His son Josh was a star in films like Milk (2008) True Grit (2010). James’ wife since 1998 is legendary singer, actress, and director Barbra Streisand. Jan Smithers is his former wife.
But did you know there’s another Brolin who is in the entertainment industry? James’ daughter, Molly Elizabeth Brolin, has been a presence behind the scenes on various productions for years. Here’s everything we know about her.
Molly Elizabeth Brolin: A Producer
Molly is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music Boston and has many credits. Her theatrical film credits include Black Men(2012) John Mulaney: The Newest in Town (2012). In 2014, she entered rock opera territory with Smile Swamp Princess—which was directed by Eden Brolin, daughter of Molly’s half-brother, Josh.
Molly became the assistant producer for a TV movie on the Hallmark Channel. Royal Hearts (2018). The film starred her father as a Montana rancher who inherits an unexpected kingdom. James was also the film’s executive producer and director.
Molly’ creativity led her to become a metalsmith artist who crafts wearable objects of silver and gold. According to her websiteShe is available to do custom work on your request.
Her parents are both successful actors
James Brolin’s successful acting career dates back to his time on TV drama series. Marcus Welby M.D. (1969-76).Hotel (1983-88). In 1983-88, he appeared in a sitcom called Life in Pieces (2015-19).
His rugged handsomeness and imposing 6’4” stature first caught the eye of audiences who saw him in TV series like American Style is Love (1969-74), Voyage down to the Bottom of the Sea (1964-68), and Twelve O’Clock High (1964-67).
James has appeared in many movies, including Traffic2000 Catch me if you can (2002).
It seems like he’s close to Molly. It’s no surprise that they have worked together. Royal HeartsHe also posted sweet photos of her on Instagram to show it.
Her Mother Is James’ Second Wife, Jan Smithers
Smithers might be remembered by viewers from roles she played on shows such as WKRP Cincinnati (1978-82), The New Mike Hammer(1985), Protect Yourself (1985). However, Smithers came to the public’s attention in an unlikely way long before she was on the small screen.
She was the perfect California girl, with blonde, long hair and a beautiful face. Two people spotted Smithers from NewsweekThey told her that they were working on a story focusing on teens and she wanted to be a part of it. She said yes—and landed on the cover.
Smithers was then able to do some commercials while in high school and was ultimately tapped for the role as Bailey Quarters. WKRP. She met James Brolin during filming HotelThey were married in 1986.
Molly was their only child. Smithers originally intended to take six months off to care for Molly, but her love and devotion to her daughter overcame her desire to return to the camera. “I loved having a career, but when I met Molly, I just looked at her and told her, ‘You need me,’” Smithers said Newsweek.
As for her marriage, it fell apart after nine years due to James’ frequent absences from home for work. Smithers desired a peaceful life far from the bustle of Hollywood. “I had Molly,”She explained that “and wanted to be in the country and get away from that world.”
Her Brother Josh Is A Gen X Icon
Josh Brolin is the child of James and Jane Cameron Agee (his first wife). Josh’s death deeply affected Josh. “My mom dying when I was in my twenties [was painful]. All the impact that had on me that I hadn’t moved past; I was always such a mama’s boy,”He said.
Josh’s breakout role—playing Brandon Walsh in The Goonies (1985)—was followed by lots of other high-profile parts in films like No country for old men(2007) and Thanos (Marvel franchise). His acting abilities have been honored with an Academy Award nomination as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award, among other honors.
Because they enjoy being part of the entertainment industry, the Brolins appear to be a close-knit family. Molly has demonstrated a talent for producing. She and her family have earned their place among the most prestigious Hollywood dynasties, including the Bridges, Sheen/Estevez, and Arquette families.