Josh Brolin was ‘Liberated” by Mom’s Death despite it Being the Worst Thing Ever Happened’

Josh Brolin lost his mother, Jane Cameron Agee, before he even turned 30 and struggled with her sudden death. But, the event changed his life and led to a new direction.

Josh Brolin’s father is the famous actor, James Brolin, born in Los Angeles, California. The star also worked as a producer and was known for movies like 1973’s “Westworld,” 1979’s “The Amityville Horror,”2000’s “Traffic.”

On July 1, 1998, James married his third and current wife, Barbra Streisand. His first wife was Jane Cameron Agee, who also happened to be Josh’s mother, and his second was Jan Smithers.

James Brolin and Jane Cameron Agee with Josh Brolin. “Home Layout”• feature with the airdate on October 1, 1969. Source: Getty Images | Source: Getty Images

James and Agee You tied the knot on October 16, 1966, before their relationship ended in divorce in October 1986. The aspiring casting agent and actress was the one who Filled for divorceFrom her husband, Josh, when Josh was 16.

Agee is also a Josh. Shared a daughter with James, whom they named Jess Brolin. James’ first ex-wife worked for the state’s Department of Fish and Game and took in illegally owned and rescued wild animals.

Jane Cameron Agee and James Brolin at a James Brown concert at the Copacabana, New York City on March 18, 1971. | Source: Getty Images

Josh once Recalled how his late mother had an “uncanny relationship with animals.” In 2008, James’ son revealed that his parents kept him and his sister out of the spotlight, with their nearest neighbor living a mile down the road from them.

Josh was only able to see his father’s fame after he moved away from home. Growing up in Paso Robles, on a 100-acre ranch, Agee’s son was exposed to all sorts of animals, like gorillas, mountain lions, chimpanzees, and so much more, because of his mother’s job.

Josh Brolin and James Brolin at the Second Annual National Easter Seals Telethon, April 7, 1973 in Hollywood, California. Source: Getty Images | Source: Getty Images

Josh recalled how Agee could confront 500-pound silverbacks and make them crumble around her presence. He also DescribedShe was as “very irresponsible,”She had her children do chores with the animals at six years old.

Josh claimed that his mother would justify her actions by Josh It is possible to say, “We’re here for a short time, so let’s do it.”Agee was described as a strong woman who expected the best from her children. Learn to Read within five minutes!

Josh loved his mother, despite her flaws. When Streisand became his stepmother, she and James tried to give Josh and Jess A normal childhood.


Jane Cameron Agee and James Brolin at the Second Annual People’s Choice Awards, February 19, 1976 in Santa Monica, California. | Source: Getty Images

On his 27th birthday, Josh’s mother crashed into a tree and sadly passed away the following day. Agee was a strong supporter of his mother’s passing and had written about her before she died.

Josh admitted in a Men’s Journal interview that he was uncanny that his mother would have an accidental death on his birthday. He described how his father thought Agee was running from a deer when Agee crashed.

Josh Brolin at “I Shot Andy Warhol”Hollywood, California premiered on May 16, 1996. Source: Getty Images | Source: Getty Images

However,  his mother was a drinker and had pulled a rifle on her boyfriend that same night before going after him. Josh’s theoryAgee reached for her cell phone and “overcompensated”Before you crash.

Unfortunately, the star did not get to talk to his mother that day, even though he used to call her and send flowers on her birthdays. He would be grateful to his mother for giving birth.

James Brolin and Jane Cameron Agee with Josh Brolin. “Home Layout”featuring the October 1, 1969 airdate. Source: Getty Images | Source: Getty Images

Josh thought back to the time he had sent the flowers but hadn’t called New York while he was there because the day wasn’t over. Agee called him, but he got his answering-machine where he left a message to trick-callers. This made them believe he had actually picked up.

His mother sent him a message, asking what was going on. She said she couldn’t understand him well and then asked who she was talking to. Agee laughed so hard that she lost her ability to hear what was going on, and she was gone in four hours. Source: Getty Images

Jane Cameron Agee at the 29th Annual Golden Globe Awards on February 6, 1972. | Source: Getty Images

Josh saved the last message and put it away. He kept hearing it over and over again. He confessed that he’d adored his mother, who died on February 13, 1995, in Templeton, California, and still missed her terribly. 

Agee was featured in her former friend, Sondra Locke’s 1997 autobiography “The Good, the Bad and the Very Ugly.”It shows her being painted. As an alcoholicShe was not mentioned as the cause of her troubles.


Kathryn Boyd with Josh Brolin during the premiere of “Only the Brave”October 8, 2017, Westwood, California.Source: Getty Images | Source: Getty Images

April 2022 “Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard” podcast interview, the “Goonies”Actor revealed that he was with his mother were quite closeThey were good drinking friends. The relationship made him feel like his mother’s surrogate husband.

He believed that if he did the right things, he would be her star. His mother set the toneThat “you gotta be here, now,”And there was no process. She was ultimately lost. “worst thing that ever happened”to him, but also the most “liberating.”

It was liberating as Josh realized he didn’t have to go down the same alcoholic route and he could finally get sober. Agee’s death initially caused him to react, but he eventually began to recover and subsequently got married and had children.

Two years after her death, the actor found himself lost and spinning out of control. He thought back to a time in his life when He was in jailHe was accompanied by his mother, who came to see him. When he reached her, she was smiling.

That smile showed him that Agee’s love for him was conditional, and he spent his days trying to recreate it by putting himself in self-destructive positions. Josh loved being with his mother. But he wasn’t required to live up to her expectations after her passing.

This was how he got freed and began to mature. He was devastated by the loss of his mother and began to reflect on his life. It is possible to state:

“When my mother died it brought it all home, magnified everything. ‘What do I want to do? Where do I want to go?'”

Josh realized how unpredictable life can be and that there was nothing he could be proud of. In March 2014 the “W” actor spoke to The Guardian about how his mother’s death It affected him

Grammy Award-winning Singer [Barbra Streisand] also made time to celebrate Josh’s [Brolin] special moments.

He said it made him think of many things as he was always a momma’s boy. James’s son knew he had to change, and it felt like he’d stepped back after being on a hamster wheel.


After losing his mother, Josh was able to have a healthier parent/son relationship with his stepmother, Streisand. Fans have gotten glimpses of how close the pair have become with public displays of affection and social media posts. 

The “Avengers” actor loves spending quality time with Streisand and his father as he lives close to them. Josh and his wife, Kathryn, often visited James and his wife, and even the COVID-19 pandemic couldn’t keep them apart.

Josh and his family once went to James’s house after being away from them for a few months and even shared a family photo on social media. During Kathryn’s pregnancies, Streisand would call, suggest baby names, and ask to feel her baby bumps! 

The actress, who’s been married to James for 24 years, even bought her grandchildren gifts and didn’t mind babysitting from time to time. The Grammy Award-winning singerWe also took time to celebrate Josh’s birthdaySpecial moments

In 2010 she and her husband went with Josh to the screening of “Jonah Hex,”They took some adorable photos together. She was also present at the premiere of her stepson’s 2018 movie “Sicario: Day of the Soldado.”


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