Health & Fit Actor Wilford Brimley, pitch man for Quaker Oats, dies at 85

09:54  02 august  2020
09:54  02 august  2020 Source:   today.com

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Character actor Wilford Brimley , known as the face of e long-time face of television advertisements for the Quaker Oats Company. 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).

He was 85 . Brimley ’s manager Lynda Bensky said the actor died Saturday morning in a Utah hospital. 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.

Wilford Brimley, the mustachioed actor whose folksy style made him a staple on the big screen, TV shows and commercials, died Saturday at the age of 85, his manager said.

He is survived by wife Beverly and three sons.

The Salt Lake City native died in an intensive care unit in St. George, Utah, manager Lynda Bensky said. He had been on dialysis and suffered multiple medical issues, she said.

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BREAKING NEWS: Wilford Brimley , a character actor who appeared in films like The Firm and Cocoon before becoming the Quaker Oats pitch man , dies at 85 . By Ariel Zilber For Dailymail.com. Published: 04:34 BST, 2 August 2020 | Updated: 04:36 BST, 2 August 2020.

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 was a man you could trust," Bensky said. "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."

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."

His big-screen credits include "Cocoon," "The Natural" and "The Firm," in which he portrayed a law firm's security chief who's keeping an eye on a young lawyer played by Tom Cruise.

But it was Brimley's work as an advertising pitchman that brought his mustache to millions of new viewers. He peddled Quaker Oats and cautioned America about diabetes for the American Diabetes Association.

His pronunciation of diabetes made him endearing to comedians and even to those who suffered from the disease. In 2018, the website Diabetes Daily proclaimed him "Mr. Diabeetus."

This article originally appeared on NBC News.

Actor Wilford Brimley dead at 85 .
Brimley was a staple of movies and TV, but he's perhaps best known as a pitchman for Quaker Oats and diabetes education.He is survived by wife Beverly and three sons.

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