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May 1, 2013

Former Mountaineer Agee a celebrity in Hollywood

MORGANTOWN — Tim Agee, one of the toughest little defensive backs in Don Nehlen’s 21 years as West Virginia head football coach, did not waste much time becoming a celebrity in Hollywood, Calif.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound native of Bethesda, Md. became a movie star not long after getting his degree in political science from WVU in 1984.

Agee, who’s now 55, made a total of 12 movies with others in each cast. He also appeared in 24 television shows.

As a Mountaineer in the defensive secondary, he got more than a fair share of tackles. His thinking was “you always hit people before they hit you. That was the only way to play.”

The three-year starter helped West Virginia to records of 9-3, 9-3, and 9-3, in 1981-82-83.

Don Nehlen, who had taken over the reins in 1980, will tell you that back-to-back victories over Florida (26-6) in the 1984 Peach Bowl and at nationally No. 8 ranked Oklahoma (41-27) in the 1982 season’s opener put his new program on a solid national level.

Agee, who was a quarterback in high school and a punter, also appeared in three bowl games with WVU and helped win two of those.

Statistically, he is tied with Darrell Whitmore for fifth place in the school’s all-time career list with 14 interceptions. He also is credited with 192 tackles.

“I also was the second-string punter,” Agee recalls. “But I didn’t punt a single time while there. But I enjoyed my time in Morgantown.”

So did his father, James. He also was a WVU graduate and served two years as president of the WVU Alumni Association.

The father died about a year ago.

After living in the Los Angeles area for many years, and Hollywood as his work place, the handsome Tim Agee is finally engaged to be married. His beautiful fiancé is named Thu, a Los Angeles native whose parents live in Vietnam.

“I finally decided that I should settle down,” he chuckled.

In all, Agee was an actor in Hollywood for 15 years. It was a whole lot of commercials (including ‘live’ billboards) and the “most beautiful girls in the world,” he admitted. “I made good money and just had a great schedule.”

But he eventually thought it was time for a change of pace, and now he’s in business with some prominent real estate people.

They’re involved in apartment buildings.

Nehlen actually “discovered” Agee in a freshman football game between WVU and Ohio State in 1980.

“They need a free safety, which I hadn’t played since I was 10 years old, and I got coach Nehlen’s attention as he sat in the stands,” Agee recalled.

Besides defensive back, he was action on special teams because of his tackling ability and nose for the ball.

“He was an incredible motivator,” Agee said of Nehlen. “And he was a great head coach. He definitely was a gentleman.”

“But the best (compliment) I could give him was that he was smart enough to have undeniably talented, smart assistant coaches.”

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