One of the more iconic entertainment personalities of our time has sadly passed away.
Wilford Brimley, probably best known for his roles in “The Natural,” “The Firm,” and “Cocoon,” passed away on Saturday.
Brimley reportedly died from complications due to an ongoing battle with diabetes. He was 85 years old.
One of a Kind
Brimley was an old-school actor that could never be mistaken for anyone else.
From almost the first time he appeared on the big screen and our TVs to the last, he looked virtually the same.
His voice, his eyeglasses, and the unmistakable mustache made him a truly unique man in an industry of copy cats.
Brimley has had diabetes complications for years (he was also a spokesperson for diabetes education), had been in the hospital ICU wing for days prior to his death.
Brimley has just under 80 credits in his acting career, which started in 1969 playing a bit part in “True Grit.”
His career struggled a bit early, but he hit a stride he would carry for decades after playing the role of Horace Brimley on “The Waltons.”
From that point forward, he was a regular in both TV and big-screen movies.
His list of credits, including the films mentioned above, includes “Absence of Malice,” “Brubaker,” and “10 to Midnight.”
His last completed role was as a pastor in “I Believe,” which premiered in 2017.
“Cellophane” was to be his last role, but the movie is still in pre-production.
Of course, Brimley was also the face of Quaker Oats for many years.
Rest in peace, Mr. Brimley. We will miss you.