|February 7, 1972
|American Actor, Son of James Brolin
Jess Brolin is the son of Joshua James Brolin, a famous American actor who was quite popular in the 1970s and 1980s. But he is also the brother of American actor Josh Brolin, the one who portrayed Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Jess comes from a rich, famous, and influential family. He hasn’t reached the fame and popularity of his brother or father. But his name has come up in the media because of some controversies. Is he really homeless? Read on to find out.
Who Is His Father?
We cannot say whether Jess’s brother or father is more popular. But everything starts with the father, the one who started the popularity of the Brolin family.
Born Craig Kenneth Bruderlin in the United States, James Brolin is an American actor who has won Golden Globe Award two times and Emmy Award once. He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
James is famous for his roles like Steven Kiley on Marcus Welby, Peter McDermott on Hotel, and John Short in Life in Pieces.
James was born in Westwood Village, Los Angeles, California. He is the eldest of two brothers and two sisters. His parents were Helen Sue, a housewife, and Henry Hurst Brudelin, a building contractor.
He was interested in animals and model airplanes as a child. He even began building and flying model airplanes when he was 10. James was also fascinated with actor James Dean, which inspired him to shoot 8 mm films.
He would then enroll in University High School in West Los Angeles. He graduated from high school in 1958, and his family encouraged him to become an actor like Ryan O’Neal, a fellow he met and befriended.
When he was 20 years old, he changed his surname from Bruderlin to Brolin. During this time, he met Clint Eastwood, who also encouraged him to pursue acting.
In the 1970s, Brolin began appearing in movies in lead roles, including Skyjacked, Westworld, Gamble and Lombard, The Car, Capricorn One, The Amityville Horror, Night of the Juggler, and more.
In the 1980s, he went back to television to star in the series Hotel, portraying the hotel manager in the television series.
Since the 2000s, his career took a downward path, and he is mostly appearing in supporting roles. For example, he appeared in a minor role in Traffic, Catch Me If You Can, The Alibi, A Guy Thing, The Hunting Party, and so on.
It wasn’t until 2015 that he got a big role again, portraying the family patriarch John in the CBS comedy TV series, Life in Pieces.
Now let’s talk about Jess Brolin, the son of the famous actor. He comes from a rich and influential family, but there have been reports that he was homeless. How accurate were those reports?
Born on February 7, 1972, to parents James Brolin and Jane Cameron Agee, he grew up alongside his elder brother Josh Brolin.
At the time he was born, his father was already a movie star, while his mother was an aspiring actress and wildlife activist.
Yet, he had a troubled childhood. Jess had emotional issues, and his mother took responsibility for her son’s anomalies.
According to Jane, he had to attend a special school for emotionally challenged kids in order to help with his problems. But that didn’t help the situation.
Jane and James divorced in 1984 after almost 20 years of marriage. She passed away in a car accident on February 13, 1995. His father remarried, first to Jan Smithers from 1986 to 1995, and then to American actress Barbara Streisand in 1998. They are still married.
Following the death of his mother Jane Cameron Agee, Jess moved into a modest apartment, but he quickly ran out of funds. He was evicted in 2011.
That was when the reports began coming out that he was living in his truck and then on the streets of California.
Is He Really Homeless?
In 2014, there were many reports that Jess Brolin is homeless. He was spotted looking dejected and picking up objects from the garbage.
According to sources, he went bankrupt in 2012 and the situation forced him out of his rented apartment. He began to squat with friends, sleep in his truck, and find other forms of shelter.
Yet, his father said that he and Barbara Streisand, Jess’s stepmother, offered help. Speaking about the images, James said that the image of Jess and the trash bin was misinterpreted. James refuted the claims that his son was eating off trash bins.
According to the famous actor, his son was only picking up a bottle he mistakenly threw into the trash bin. Jess reached into the bin because he wanted to retrieve the bottle and dispose of it properly for recycling.
After that photo went viral back in 2014 on social media platforms, Jess has been rarely seen in public. According to his father, Jess lives quietly in a mountain town.
While Jess is not as successful as his brother Josh James Brolin and his father, he did have a brief career in the entertainment industry. He began working in it following the death of his mother.
Jess had a brief career in comedy and entertainment. He worked as a sound editor in a few movies. And he also worked as a credited or uncredited post-production runner in movies. Some of his work includes television series and movies such as Black Scorpion, Shadow Dancer, and Enemy Action.
He is not able to compete with his father or his brother. For example, his brother played Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as Cable in Deadpool.
Does He Have Any Siblings?
His father James Brolin has been married three times and has three children. James and aspiring American actress Jane Cameron Agee got married in 1966. They had two children, Josh Brolin born in 1968, and Jess born in 1972. James and Jane got divorced in 1984. The two met on the set of the TV series Batman, where his mother was an assistant casting director.
In 1985, he met another actress, Jan Smithers on the set of Hotel, and they got married the following year. They had a daughter, Molly Elizabeth, born in 1987. She is Jess’s step-sister. Jan filed for divorce in 1995.
In 1996, Brolin met Barbra Streisand and got married to her. They have been married for more than 25 years, but they do not have children together. James is the stepfather of her only child, Jason Gould. That is another step-sibling of Jess Brolin.
We said at one point that Jess went bankrupt. How much is his net worth as of July 2023? There is no information about that.
Before his mother passed away, she left him a fortune. She operated a ranch located in Templeton where she raised wolves, chimpanzees, mountain lions, and other animals. She left the property and trust fund for her kids.
And while Jess was living off it until 2011, he went bankrupt. We do not know his net worth as of 2023. On the other hand, his father James Brolin has a net worth of $50 million. And his brother Josh has a net worth of more than $45 million.