Wilford Brimley, the longtime character actor who appeared in such hit movies as Cocoon, The Business, The Natural and The China Syndrome but is best known as the pitch man for Quaker Oats food products, has expired. He had been 85.
Brimley passed away in his home in his native Utah, TMZ reported.
The news site stated that Brimley was on dialysis while being treated in an intensive care unit after his health deteriorated in the final days of his life.
‘Wilford Brimley was a guy you could trust,’ his supervisor, Lynda Bensky, said.
‘He said what he meant and he meant what he said. He had a tough exterior and a heart that is tender.
‘I am sad I will no longer get to listen to my friend’s wonderful stories.
‘He was one of some kind.’
Wilford Brimley (far left), Hume Cronyn (center), and Don Ameche (right) are seen above from the film Cocoon, the 1985 sci-fi comedy drama directed by Ron Howard
‘He was a superb man, a joy to be around, and his dry sense of humor and iconic voice left an ever lasting impression on every man he met,’ Brimley’s talent agent, Dominic Mancini, informed The Hollywood Reporter.
‘I was lucky to call him a friend. To know Wilford, was to adore Wilford.
‘He had an wonderful career, and sliced through the display with his dry wit, stoic stature, and powerful conveyance.
‘His unique mix of humor that is unexpected and indelible storytelling will always stay unmatched.’
Brimley was also known for his public advocacy of diabetes education.
He devoted efforts to increasing awareness of the disorder after he was diagnosed with diabetes in 1979.
Brimley is survived by his wife, Beverly, and their three children.
In 1956, Brimley married his first wife, Lynne Bagley, with whom he had four sons.
Brimley and Lynne were wed until she died in June 2000.
In October 2007, Brimley wed Beverly Berry.
A rep close to the family told TMZ that Brimley’s favorite quote was one that he discovered on a blacksmith’s sign.
It read:’There is nothing made, marketed, or done that can’t be made, sold, or done cheaper.
‘If price is your only issue, please do business with my rival.’
In 1981, Brimley depicted Assistant US Attorney James A. Wells at the Sydney Pollack-directed thriller Absence of Malice, starring Paul Newman and Sally Field
Brimley is viewed much right next to Richard Farnsworth (centre ) and Robert Redford at the 1984 baseball classic The Organic
In 1986 Brimley played a grandfather who cared for his departed son’s household on the NBC series Our property. Brimley is pictured above with celebrities Shannen Doherty (top left); Chad Allen (top ); Deidre Hall (second row right); and Keri Houlihan (bottom left)
Anthony Wilford Brimley was born in Salt Lake City on September 27, 1934. He enjoyed in the United States Marine Corps and dropped from high school.
Throughout his army service, Brimley spent three decades at the Aleutian Islands.
After re-entering civilian life, Brimley worked odd jobs until he embarked on an acting career.
He also worked as a blacksmith, a rodeo rider, a Hollywood extra, along with a bodyguard for business magnate Howard Hughes before tasting success as a celebrity.
Years before his function in the 1984 hit The Organic, Brimley became great friends with his ultimate co-star, Robert Duvall.
Duvall is credited with inspiring Brimley to pursue an acting career.
‘I met him one of those horse opera TV bargains; I can not recall what the name of it had been,’ Brimley recalled in 2014.
‘I was interested with what he managed to do as an actor. I had never seen anything like this.
‘I announced to the world that I was an actor. Then I did not work for approximately eight years.’
The two men would also seem alongside one another from the 1983 film Tender Mercies, for which Duvall won the Academy Award for best actor.
Brimley, his co-star, played his very best friend the film about a drunken, washed up country singer.
At the start of his profession, Brimley made many appearances as an extra in many Western movies, such as How the West Was Won, Kung Fu, as well as The Oregon Trail.
His big break came in the mid-1970s, when he had been cast in a recurring role in the hit television drama The Waltons.
In 1979, he obtained his first film credit with an appearance on The China Syndrome.
Brimley played with Ted Spindler, a pal of plant shift supervisor Jack Godell, that was depicted by Jack Lemmon.
The Salt Lake City native was so humble that he never anticipated getting the chance to use a Hollywood icon.
‘First time that I watched Jack Lemmon, it had been in his office,’ Brimley was quoted as saying by The Hollywood Reporter.
‘that I was not thinking about working with himI wanted his autograph.’
Brimley is survived by his wife Beverly (seen directly alongside her husband in 2009) as well as their three children
In 1981, Brimley depicted Assistant US Attorney James A. Wells from the Sydney Pollack-directed thriller Absence of Malice, starring Paul Newman and Sally Field.
Pollack had Brimley in two of his other films. In 1979, he throw Brimley at The Electric Horseman.
The famed director would later cast Brimley, who played likable characters, as the bad man head of security in a twisted law firm in the 1993 hit The Company, starring Tom Cruise.
Brimley made many other appearances in 70s and 80s cult classics such as Cocoon, The Natural, The Item, Hard Target, and above 70 other movies.
He made cameos on hit tv show such as Walker, Texas Ranger and Seinfeld.
Brimley had an uncredited role as an extra in the 1969 hit Western True Grit, starring John Wayne (right) and Glen Campbell (abandoned )
But Brimley was perhaps best known for appearing in advertisements for Quaker Oats food products in the 1980s and 1990s.
He also appeared in ads to Liberty Medical, a company that specializes in diabetes testing supplies.
Brimley has been diagnosed with diabetes in 1979. Ever since that time he worked to teach Americans about the disease.
For his attempts to raise awareness of diabetes, he had been given a lifetime service award by the American Diabetes Association at 2008.
In recent years, Brimley’s pitchwork for Liberty Mutual had turned into an online sense due to his drawn out pronunciation of diabetes as’diabeetus.’
He owned the pronunciation at a tweet that drew hundreds of thousands of enjoys earlier this year.
Among his latest acting credits include the 2009 film Did You Hear About the Morgans? , starring Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker.