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James Brolin's Son Is Homeless

In Celebs by KGaz , on Friday, July 15, 2011, 11:12 AM (PDT)
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James Brolin, Barbra Streisand in 2010: INFDaily.com
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Josh Brolin: Help a Brother Out

The Brolin family is known for its Hollywood pedigree and, yes, its money. So why is Jess Brolin, the son of director-producer James Brolin and brother of actor Josh (and, the stepson of Barbra Streisand) living out of a car? Here's the unmissable -- and heartwrenching -- story.

James Brolin is said to have married his first wife, actress and animal activist Jane Cameron Agee, 12 days after they met in 1966. Despite their early romantic whimsy, Brolin and Agee remained married for 18 years and welcomed son Josh Brolin in 1968 and Jess Brolin in 1972.

Brolin and Agee divorced in 1984, and in 1995, just one day after their son James' 27th birthday, Agee was killed in a devastating car accident. James Brolin had remarried in 1986, and today insiders say his son Jess, now 39, never gained the emotional capacity to cope with his mother's death.

Agee left her 1981 pickup truck and a six-figure inheritance to Jess; and now a friend tells The National Enquirer: "But that [money] ran out in May, and since then Jess has been living in shelters, staying with friends or sleeping in his banged-up pickup truck on the streets of Oxnard or Ventura, Calif." Word has it the youngest Brolin weighs 300 lbs. and passes his time reading comic books and playing video games at friends' homes. "Jess doesn't seem to do much more than eat and sleep," the friend says.

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It's a story wrought with conflict and sadness, but honestly, it sounds as though the Brolin family is desperate to help their son and brother. Jess "complains he has to live on the streets because his family won't help him," says the friend. "He says they don't care!" But word has it his father has tried to get Jess Brolin work in the film industry and has offered to pay for a gym membership or a weight loss program to help Jess get healthy. A Brolin family rep insists, "We have offered help and support, and will continue to do so ... We love him very much and want only the best for him."

Meanwhile, according to IMDb, Jess Brolin -- who apparently goes by "Joe" for his work -- does appear to have worked on a number of films. But obviously those gigs didn't get him far: most were uncredited, all were on extremely small-budget projects, and the last one was nearly a decade ago, in 2002. It's a a controversial Hollywood family story: should the Brolins intervene and insist Jess get moving in his life, or does the 39-year-old man need lots of empathy?

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James Brolin, Barbra Streisand in 2010: INFDaily.com
.

 

Josh Brolin: Help a Brother Out

The Brolin family is known for its Hollywood pedigree and, yes, its money. So why is Jess Brolin, the son of director-producer James Brolin and brother of actor Josh (and, the stepson of Barbra Streisand) living out of a car? Here's the unmissable -- and heartwrenching -- story.

James Brolin is said to have married his first wife, actress and animal activist Jane Cameron Agee, 12 days after they met in 1966. Despite their early romantic whimsy, Brolin and Agee remained married for 18 years and welcomed son Josh Brolin in 1968 and Jess Brolin in 1972.

Brolin and Agee divorced in 1984, and in 1995, just one day after their son James' 27th birthday, Agee was killed in a devastating car accident. James Brolin had remarried in 1986, and today insiders say his son Jess, now 39, never gained the emotional capacity to cope with his mother's death.

Agee left her 1981 pickup truck and a six-figure inheritance to Jess; and now a friend tells The National Enquirer: "But that [money] ran out in May, and since then Jess has been living in shelters, staying with friends or sleeping in his banged-up pickup truck on the streets of Oxnard or Ventura, Calif." Word has it the youngest Brolin weighs 300 lbs. and passes his time reading comic books and playing video games at friends' homes. "Jess doesn't seem to do much more than eat and sleep," the friend says.

Peek at hot Hollywood pics.

It's a story wrought with conflict and sadness, but honestly, it sounds as though the Brolin family is desperate to help their son and brother. Jess "complains he has to live on the streets because his family won't help him," says the friend. "He says they don't care!" But word has it his father has tried to get Jess Brolin work in the film industry and has offered to pay for a gym membership or a weight loss program to help Jess get healthy. A Brolin family rep insists, "We have offered help and support, and will continue to do so ... We love him very much and want only the best for him."

Meanwhile, according to IMDb, Jess Brolin -- who apparently goes by "Joe" for his work -- does appear to have worked on a number of films. But obviously those gigs didn't get him far: most were uncredited, all were on extremely small-budget projects, and the last one was nearly a decade ago, in 2002. It's a a controversial Hollywood family story: should the Brolins intervene and insist Jess get moving in his life, or does the 39-year-old man need lots of empathy?

Check out more breaking celebrity news.

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