Just announced – Veteran actor Wilford Brimley has passed away today! Brimley died ICU in St. George, Utah, it has been reported. He was 85. The actor had been on dialysis and experienced other medical problems leading up to his passing.
He was a veteran of numerous film and television roles. He worked steadily from the early 1970s until 2017 with his last role in the film, I Believe. He appeared in episodic television in shows such as Our House (1986-1988), The Waltons (1974-1977), and several other TV shows and TV movies. He was also well-known as the face of Quaker Oats in many TV commercials throughout the 1990s.
He usually played the older, grandpa type roles. A grumpy, surly, cantankerous type of roles. At least, that’s how I’ll always remember his parts.
Brimley was probably best known for his film roles in such films as True Grit (1969), The China Syndrome (1979), The Electric Horseman (1979), Absence of Malice (1981), Tender Mercies (1983), The Natural (1984) – The greatest baseball. movie of all-time! The Firm (1993), Hard Target (1993), My Fellow Americans (1996), and so many more.
But if you’re reading this site then you’ll remember Brimley best as playing Dr. Blair in John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982). He also appeared in a few other genre films including Cocoon (1985), Cocoon: The Return (1988), Mutant Species (1995), and Progeny (1998).
He is survived by his wife Beverly and three sons.
It seems within the last month or so we’ve lost a great many celebrities that played a key role in my film and television upbringing and Wilford Brimley was no different. I grew up watching the man in numerous parts. He made a mark and his life was important.
All of us here at Horror Patch will always remember Wilford Brimley for his many great parts he played over his long career. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.
Wilford Brimley Born: September 27, 1934 – Died: August 1, 2020