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Entertainment Wilford Brimley, 'Cocoon' and 'Natural' actor, dies at 85

09:42  02 august  2020
09:42  02 august  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Los Angeles (AP) -- Wilford Brimley , who worked his way up from stunt performer to star of film such as “ Cocoon ” and “The Natural ,” has died . He was 85 . Brimley ’s manager Lynda Bensky said the actor died Saturday morning in a Utah hospital.

Wilford Brimley , a portly actor with a walrus mustache who found his niche playing cantankerous coots in “Absence of Malice,” “The Natural ,” “ Cocoon ” and other films, died on Saturday at age 85 . Mr. Brimley had been sick for two months with a kidney ailment, said his agent, Lynda Bensky.

FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 14, 2009 file photo, Actor Wilford Brimley attends the premiere of 'Did You Hear About The Morgans' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York. Wilford Brimley, who worked his way up from stunt performer to star of film such as “Cocoon” and “The Natural,” has died. He was 85. Brimley’s manager Lynda Bensky said the actor died Saturday morning, Aug. 1, 2020 in a Utah hospital. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 14, 2009 file photo, Actor Wilford Brimley attends the premiere of 'Did You Hear About The Morgans' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York. Wilford Brimley, who worked his way up from stunt performer to star of film such as “Cocoon” and “The Natural,” has died. He was 85. Brimley’s manager Lynda Bensky said the actor died Saturday morning, Aug. 1, 2020 in a Utah hospital. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)

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Wilford Brimley , who had a storied career on TV and was once the face of Quaker Oats for years, has died at 85 . According to TMZ, Brimley passed away on Saturday morning in his home in Utah after battling an illness for several days. Brimley was a beloved actor and a strong advocate for diabetes

Wilford Brimley , the character actor who appeared in such hit films as Cocoon and The Firm but is best known as the pitch man for Quaker Oats food products, has Share or comment on this article: Wilford Brimley , actor who appeared in Cocoon before becoming Quaker Oats pitch man, dies at 85 .

Brimley’s manager Lynda Bensky said the actor died Saturday morning in a Utah hospital. He was on dialysis and had several medical ailments, she said.

The mustached Brimley was a familiar face for a number of roles, often playing gruff characters like his grizzled baseball manager in “The Natural.”

Brimley's best-known work was in “Cocoon,” in which he was part of a group of seniors who discover an alien pod that rejuvenates them. The 1985 Ron Howard film won two Oscars, including a supporting actor honor for Don Ameche.

Brimley also starred in “Cocoon: The Return,” a 1988 sequel.

For years he was pitchman for Quaker Oats and in recent years appeared in a series of diabetes spots that turned him at one point into a social media sensation.

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With Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley , Hume Cronyn, Brian Dennehy. When a group of trespassing seniors swim in a pool containing alien cocoons , they find themselves energized with youthful vigor.

Memes about actor Paul Rudd "not aging" escalated with a December 30 2019 tweet claiming that Rudd was 18,530 days old — the same age as Wilford According to @BrimleyLine, Wilford Brimley was 18,530 days old (or 50 years, closer to 51 than 50) when the film Cocoon was released in June

“Wilford Brimley was a man you could trust,” Bensky said in a statement. “He said what he meant and he meant what he said. He had a tough exterior and a tender heart. I’m sad that I will no longer get to hear my friend’s wonderful stories. He was one of a kind.”

Though never nominated for an Oscar or Emmy Award, Brimley amassed an impressive list of credits. In 1993’s John Grisham adaptation “The Firm,” Brimley starred opposite Tom Cruise as a tough-nosed investigator who deployed ruthless tactics to keep his law firm’s secrets safe.

A Utah native, Brimley’s Hollywood career started in the late 1960s as a stuntman, where he forged a friendship with Robert Duvall. Duvall’s encouragement led Brimley to seek more prominent acting roles and his career took off after his appearance in 1979’s “The China Syndrome,” according to a biography prepared by Turner Classic Movies.

Brimley had a recurring role as a blacksmith on “The Waltons” and the 1980s prime-time series “Our House."

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Wilford Brimley was only fifty years old at the time of this film's production. Don Ameche won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar without receiving any previous nominations in other awards, which is a rare achievement when it comes to Oscar winners.

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In recent years, Brimley’s pitchwork for Liberty Mutual had turned him into an internet sensation for his drawn out pronunciation of diabetes as “diabeetus.” He owned the pronunciation in a tweet that drew hundreds of thousands of likes earlier this year.

Brimley is survived by is wife Beverly and three sons.


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