Favorite TV MDs
By Susan King, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
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James Brolin "Marcus Welby, M.D." (1969-76)
Pre-Op: Brolin, 68, began acting on TV in 1961 and guest-starred in several series. He was put under contract to 20th Century Fox, where he had small roles in such films as "Take Her She's Mine" and "Fantastic Voyage."
Scrubs: His Emmy Award-winning performance as the young physician Dr. Steven Kiley on the ABC medical series certainly boosted his career. Dr. Kiley was a handsome, caring physician who came to work with an older doctor, Marcus Welby (Robert Young). The two had perfect chemistry and the series won the Emmy for best dramatic show in its first year. Besides earning an Emmy for his work on the series, Brolin also won two Golden Globes.
While the series was on the air, Brolin appeared as a killer in the 1972 thriller "Skyjacked" and opposite Yul Brynner in Michael Crichton's acclaimed 1972 chiller "Westworld." He also had the misfortune of starring in the ill-fated 1976 turkey "Gable and Lombard."
Post-Op: He appeared in several films in the late 1970s and early 80s, including the hits "Capricorn One" and "The Amityville Horror." Brolin returned to series TV in 1983 in the popular prime-time soap "Hotel," which continued through 1988. Subsequently, he's appeared in several movies and short-lived TV series including "Angels Falls" for CBS and "Pensacola: Wing of Gold" for syndication. In 2003, he received an Emmy nomination for his performance as Ronald Reagan in the controversial miniseries "The Reagans," which aired on Showtime. Now he spends much of his time guest starring on shows like "Monk," "Law and Order: SVU" and "Psych."
He has been married for nearly a decade to his third wife, Barbra Streisand, and his son Josh Brolin has worked in films over the past two decades, most notably in "No Country for Old Men" and "W."