Wilford Brimley, a Hollywood actor and the face of Quaker Oats, died at the age of 85, according to what his manager told TMZ. His agent, Lynda Bensky, told The New York Times that he had been suffering from a kidney ailment for months.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Brimley Was A Veteran, Prankster and Rebel
Sad news: Actor #WilfordBrimley has passed away at the age of 85. He had a long career with starring roles in The Natural, Cocoon 1 & 2, The Thing, Walker Texas Ranger, The Firm. He was the spokesperson for both Quaker Oats & The American Diabetes Association campaign. pic.twitter.com/PTN5Djn65m
— Geeks + Gamers (@GeeksGamersCom) August 2, 2020
Brimley was the grandson of an English immigrant grandfather and Scottish grandmother, IMDb reported. “Wilford’s mother was of half Danish descent, with her other roots being Welsh, English, German, and Swiss-German,” the site said.
Brimley’s first wife of more than 40 years, actress Lynne Brimley, died in 2000, IMDb reported. The New York Times confirmed that he had at least three sons with Lynne. Brimley married Beverly Berry in 2007.
According to IMDb, Brimley was spent three years in the Aleutian Islands after he enlisted in the Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict. The site described Brimley as a renaissance man: a real estate broker, farmer, rodeo rider, blacksmith, “talented jazz singer” and stuntman. Once he became an actor, the site reported that Brimley was also a jokester, putting whoopee cushion pranks during the filming of “Cocoon: The Return.”
2. Brimley Became A Household Name During His Appearance On ‘The Waltons’
According to IMDb, he started out as a stuntman in Westerns during the 1960s, which he did under the name Anthony Brimley and he was also a bodyguard for Howard Hughes. But he didn’t become famous until featuring as Walton Mountain resident Horace Brimley in a recurring role on the “The Waltons.”
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