Wilford Brimley, Cocoon and Natural actor, dies at 85
Published: August 2, 2020 12:30:23 pm
Willford Brimley, who ranged from film stunt rider to an indelible character actor, who appeared in many films as a charming character actor, including “Cocoon”, The Natural and The Firm, and occasionally the villain became. He was 85.
Brimley’s manager, Linda Bensky, said the actor died Saturday morning in a Utah hospital. He stated that she was on dialysis and had several medical illnesses.
Mastered Brimley was a well-known face for many roles, often portraying characters such as The Grazed Baseball Baseball opposite Robert Redford’s unfortunate incident. He also worked with The Redbirds in Bruckaker and The Electric Horseman.
Brimley’s best-known work was in Cocoon, in which he was part of a group of superiors who discover an exotic pod that rejuvenates them. The 1985 Ron Howard film won two Oscars, including supporting actor honors for Don Amache.
Brimley also starred in the sequel to Cocoon: The Return, 1988.
For years he was the pitchman for Quaker Oats and in recent years appeared in a series of diabetes spots that turned him into a social media sensation.
“Wilford Brimley was a man you could trust,” Benski said in a statement. “He said what he meant and meant what he said. He had a hard exterior and a soft heart. I’m sad that I won’t get to hear my friend’s wonderful stories anymore. He was one of a kind.”
Barbara Hershey, who met Dogmen’s Brimley in the last of 1995 Last, called her “a wonderful person and actor. … she always made me laugh.”
Although not nominated for an Oscar or Emmy Award, Brimley collected an impressive list of credits. In the 1993 John Grisham adaptation The Firm, Brimley starred as a hard-nosed investigator in front of Tom Cruise, who deployed ruthless tactics to secure his law firm’s secrets.
John Woo, who directed Brisley as Uncle Dawe in the 1993 Hard Target, told The Hollywood Reporter in 2018 that the part was the main theme of the film. I very much enjoyed making those scenes and especially working with Wilford Brimley. “
A Utah native who grew up around horses, Brimley spent two decades wandering the west and working on the farm and race tracks. He rode movies like True Grit in Movie Work during the 1960s, and appeared in TV series such as GunSmoke.
He befriended Robert Duvall, according to a biography prepared by Turner Classic Movies, which encouraged him for more leading acting roles.
Never trained as an actor, Brimley landed his career after playing a key role as a nuclear power plant engineer in The China Syndrome.
“Training? I never went to acting classes, but I had 50 years of training,” he said in a 1984 Associated Press interview. “As an extra, my year was a good backdrop for learning camera techniques and beyond. . I was lucky to have experienced it; there are not many new people. “
“Basically my way is to be honest,” Brimley told AP. “The camera takes true pictures – not what I want to see, but what it sees. Truth.”
Brimley had a recurring role as a blacksmith on The Walton and in the 1980s prime-time series Our House.
Another side of the actor was his love of jazz. As a singer, he made albums such as “This Time the Dream On” and “Wilford Brimley” with the Jeff Hamilton trio.
In 1998, he protested an Arizona referendum to ban cockfighting, stating that he was “trying to protect the freedom and lifestyle for my grandchildren.”
In recent years, Brimley’s pitchwork for Liberty Mutual had turned him into an internet sensation for his pronunciation of diabetes as Diabetes. He owned the accent in a tweet that garnered hundreds of thousands of likes earlier this year.
Brimley is survived by his wife Beverly and three sons.
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