Noted American author whose early death at age 45 and posthumously published works elevated him to the mythic status of romantic literary hero-victim. Agee's best known books include the compelling do...
Jess Brolin, the brother of No Country for Old Men star Josh and stepson of Brolin's wife Barbra Streisand, had been living off his inheritance following the tragic death of his mother Jane Cameron Agee, who was killed in a car accident in 1995.
But the National Enquirer reports the overweight 39 year old's money ran out earlier this year (11), leaving him completely broke and forcing him to move out of his rented $850 (£531)-a-month apartment in Ventura, California in May (11).
A source tells the tabloid, "Jess was left a six-figure trust after the death of his mother and has been living off that ever since. But that ran out in May, and since then Jess has been living in shelters, staying with friends or sleeping in his banged-up pick-up truck on the streets of Oxnard or Ventura, California."
And the insider claims Jess, who tips the scales at over 300 pounds (136 kilograms), is doing little to change his lifestyle: "Jess doesn't seem to do much more than eat and sleep."
But James Brolin and his wife Streisand are refusing to give up on the actor's struggling son.
In a statement, the couple says, "We have offered help and support and will continue to do so. We love him very much and want only the best for him."
The actor's late mother was conservationist Jane Cameron Agee, who ran a big cat sanctuary near Santa Barbara, California - and her efforts to keep wild creatures safe became a family affair.
W star Brolin recalls taking off on road trips with his mum to help find abandoned pets homes in zoos - and to take some home. But it was high-flying adventures with his dad, James Brolin, that really thrilled the youngster.
He tells Playboy magazine, "My dad is a good, not great pilot, and in his small plane we'd take off from this dirt airstrip in Paso Robles with coyotes in plastic boxes in the back, land in the Mojave Desert, release the coyotes and come home."
On assignment for FORTUNE magazine, created "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men" with photographer Walker Evans
Wrote unsigned movie reviews for TIME magazine
Collection of his poetry, "Permit Me Voyage" won publication in the Yale Younger Poets Series
Joined editorial staff of FORTUNE magazine as feature writer
With director John Huston, co-wrote script for "The African Queen"
Wrote signed film column for THE NATION
Wrote the screenplay adaptation of Davis Grubb's "The Night of the Hunter"
Wrote and narrated documentary short, "The Quiet One"
Noted American author whose early death at age 45 and posthumously published works elevated him to the mythic status of romantic literary hero-victim. Agee's best known books include the compelling documentary collaboration with photographer Walker Evans, "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men" (1941) which chronicled the hard lives of Alabama sharecroppers, and the autobiographical, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "A Death in the Family" (posthumously published in 1957).<p>As a film critic, Agee made a name for himself as the author of prescient, elegant prose in TIME and THE NATION during the 1940s. In 1948, he gave up reviewing to co-write John Huston's "The African Queen" (1951) and to script on his own the bizarre cult favorite, Charles Laughton's "The Night of the Hunter" (1955).<p>The two-volume "Agee on Film"--the first part containing his acclaimed film criticism, the second his screenplays--was published posthumously in 1958 and 1960, respectively. "All the Way Home", Tad Mosel's Pulitzer Prize-winning stage adaptation of "A Death in the Family", was presented on Broadway in 1961 and later served as the basis for the film version in 1963.
worked at father-in-law's machine company; his death in a car accident on May 18, 1916 served as subject of Agee's novel "A Death in the Family"
born in 1950; mother, Mia Fritsch
born in 1946; mother, Mia Fritsch
born in March 1940; mother, Alma Mailman Neuman
born 1946; mother, Mia Fritsch
met Agee while she was a researcher at Fortune magazine in 1939; married in 1944 until his death 1955
met while Agee was a student at Harvard; married in 1938; separated in 1941
met while attending Harvard in 1930; married in 1933; divorced in 1938
Phillips Exeter Academy
St Andrews School
"Agee has become the literary intellectual's folk-hero equivalent of James Dean." --Webster Schott in The New York Times Book Review.
"I think as a critic he suffered from the fact that he really wanted to be a creator. His criticism, I think, is extremely good. It's good because he has a broad cultural background, he's got great style, he can say things in two sentences, he has intelligence, wit, and precision; and also he really does have a sense of values and he doesn't give them up. But as a person who wanted to be a creator, he kept seeing in movies all kinds of things that really weren't there ... Agee used to find some beauties in these films, some of which I don't think were there at all, but if he had been making them, they would have been ... He took the appearance for the deed. I think the main trouble with his criticism is that it often tends to be much too uncritical." --Dwight Macdonald ("Agee: His Life Remembered").
He was awarded the Yale Prize for Younger Poets (1932).