Actor Wilford Brimley dead at 85

Wilford Brimley

Wilford Brimley, a veteran actor known for character work on movies and TV as well as for a variety of ads over the years, is dead at 85.

His death was confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter by his manager Lynda Bensky, who said the actor died on Saturday morning in Utah. He was on dialysis and had several ailments, she said.

He would go on to star in the Sydney Pollack movies The Electric Horseman (1979), Absence Of Malice (1981), and The Firm (1983), where he starred as a sinister security chief. Brimley's best-known work was Cocoon, as part of a group of seniors who discover an alien pod that rejuvenates them.

He was perhaps best known for roles later in his career pitching Quaker Oats and educating folks about diabetes in Liberty Medical commercials.

"Wilford Brimley was a man you could trust", Bensky said. He had a tough exterior and a tender heart. "He was one of a kind".


Brimley had roles in such films as "Cocoon", "The Natural," "The Thing", and "Hard Target".

He forged a friendship with Robert Duvall, who encouraged him to seek more prominent acting roles, according to a biography prepared by Turner Classic Movies.

Brimley was a regular character on the 1970s television hit "The Waltons" and the next decade found himself again embedded on a hit show, "Our House".

He is reportedly survived by his wife and three children. In 2018, the website Diabetes Daily proclaimed him "Mr. Diabeetus".

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