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RIP: Wilford Brimley [ actor ]......
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: August 01, 2020 10:37PM
......at 85.....after long illness......


....'Cocoon'......'The Natural'.......'The Thing'.......



R.I.P. Wilford Brimley: Actor Known for 'Cocoon,' Diabetes Commercials Dies

....Actor Wilford Brimley died Saturday morning after a long illness. He was 85.

News of his death was first reported by TMZ, who said that he passed away at home after a long illness. No cause of death has yet been reported, though sources told TMZ that he had been on dialysis for days.

Though he had been an actor since the 1960s as an extra and stuntman, his first major role was in The Waltons, where he played Horace Brimley in seven episodes, starting in 1974. His first credited film role was Ted Spindler in the film The China Syndrome, about a nuclear meltdown.

His most famous role was Ben Luckett in Ron Howard's Cocoon. The 1985 film was a light science fiction film about elderly people at a retirement home rejuvenated by a swimming pool given healing energy by aliens. Brimley's character was the leader of the group of retirees, which also included Don Ameche as Art and Hume Cronyn as Joe. Ameche won an Academy Award for his role, and the film also won Best Visual Effects at that year's Oscars.

In addition to his acting roles, he also appeared in advertisements for diabetes education, Liberty Medical and the Quaker Oats company. He was also known as a singer and harmonica player, and released an album, This Time, the Dream's on Me in 2004.



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Re: RIP: Wilford Brimley [ actor ]......
Posted by: Speedy
Date: August 01, 2020 10:42PM
He appeared old long before his time.



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Re: RIP: Wilford Brimley [ actor ]......
Posted by: Rolando
Date: August 01, 2020 11:20PM
I hope it wasn't the dyabeetus!



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Re: RIP: Wilford Brimley [ actor ]......
Posted by: bfd
Date: August 02, 2020 12:22AM
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I hope it wasn't the dyabeetus!

That's likely what his death certificate will say … death from complications due to dyabeetus. He must've taken pretty good care of himself, though, to live with that condition for 41 years.
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Re: RIP: Wilford Brimley [ actor ]......
Posted by: BernDog
Date: August 02, 2020 12:39AM
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Speedy
He appeared old long before his time.

Jeebus, he was 50 in Cocoon.
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Re: RIP: Wilford Brimley [ actor ]......
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: August 02, 2020 05:29AM
Honestly, I thought he was dead long ago.

I always enjoyed him in friendly crudmungen roles. He reminded me of Will Geer, the loveable grandpa who you didn't want to cross.

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Re: RIP: Wilford Brimley [ actor ]......
Posted by: Bill in NC
Date: August 02, 2020 07:46AM
Loved him in The Thing.
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Re: RIP: Wilford Brimley [ actor ]......
Posted by: PeterB
Date: August 02, 2020 08:25AM
I liked him in The Thing as well, but I'd really credit him for my love of oatmeal: [www.youtube.com]




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Re: RIP: Wilford Brimley [ actor ]......
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: August 02, 2020 08:42AM
....updated.....he was battling kidney ailment.....



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Re: RIP: Wilford Brimley [ actor ]......
Posted by: Yoyodyne ArtWorks
Date: August 02, 2020 09:12AM
He was also great in Remo Williams.



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Re: RIP: Wilford Brimley [ actor ]......
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: August 02, 2020 12:28PM
RIP you old coot.



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Re: RIP: Wilford Brimley [ actor ]......
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: August 02, 2020 12:38PM
R.I.P.

Yes, he was awesome in "The Thing", as well as in many other projects.



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Re: RIP: Wilford Brimley [ actor ]......
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: August 02, 2020 01:09PM
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BernDog
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Speedy
He appeared old long before his time.

Jeebus, he was 50 in Cocoon.

Someone somewhere once pointed out when Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation was released that Tom Cruise was older when he made that film than Brimley was when he made Cocoon.



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Re: RIP: Wilford Brimley [ actor ]......
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: August 02, 2020 01:10PM
I loved oatmeal long before he was born, but I did like the ads.

The Tom Cruise/Wiford Brimley meme was a little bit of a shock.

I had no idea Brimley was that young, at the time.

Brimley was immensely entertaining, and it's sad to hear of his passing.

85 isn't a bad run, though.




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Re: RIP: Wilford Brimley [ actor ]......
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: August 02, 2020 01:14PM
I think of all his roles, my favorite was Pops in The Natural.



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Re: RIP: Wilford Brimley [ actor ]......
Posted by: Markintosh
Date: August 02, 2020 01:30PM
One my favorite bands, The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, has been singing a Wilford Brimley tribute for about 10 years...

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Re: RIP: Wilford Brimley [ actor ]......
Posted by: bfd
Date: August 02, 2020 02:57PM
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NewtonMP2100
....updated.....he was battling kidney ailment.....

a very common complication due to dyabeetus…

Tough old guy, tougher way to go.
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Re: RIP: Wilford Brimley [ actor ]......
Posted by: rz
Date: August 02, 2020 08:11PM
When I heard he had died, I figured he must have been about 115 years old. He looked like he was 85 thirty years ago.
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Re: RIP: Wilford Brimley [ actor ]......
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: August 02, 2020 11:19PM
I remember most from The Thing and Cocoon and also when he narrated, 'The Last of the Dogmen'



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