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1. Where did Wilford Brimley come from ?

Anthony Wilford Brimley (September 27, 1934 – August 1, 2020) was an actor from the United-States ( ???????? ) and singer. After serving in the United States Marine Corps and taking on a variety of odd jobs, he became an extra for Western movies, and in little more than a decade he had established himself as a character actor in movies such as The China Syndrome (1979), The Thing (1982), Tender Mercies (1983), The Natural (1984) and Cocoon (1985). He was the long-time face of television advertisements for the Quaker Oats Company. He also promoted diabetes education and appeared in related commercials for Liberty Medical.

2. What could we know about Wilford Brimley besides his height ?

Anthony Wilford Brimley was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on September 27, 1934. He was the son of Lola (nĂ©e Nelson) and Wilford Brimley, a real estate broker. Brimley’s paternal grandfather was English, originally from Wigan, Lancashire, and his paternal grandmother’s parents were Scottish, originally from Glasgow. Brimley’s mother was of half Danish descent, and also had Welsh, English, German, and Swiss-German ancestry. Prior to a career in acting, he dropped out of high school at age 14 and worked as a cowboy in Idaho, Nevada and Arizona. He joined the Marines during the Korean War and served in the Aleutian Islands for three years. He also worked as a bodyguard for businessman Howard Hughes, as well as a ranch hand, wrangler, and blacksmith. He then began shoeing horses for movie and television. At the behest of his close friend and fellow actor Robert Duvall, he began acting in the 1960s as a riding extra and stunt man in Westerns. In 1979, he told the Los Angeles Times that the most he ever earned in a year as an actor was $20,000. He had no formal training as an actor, and his first experience in acting in front of a live audience was at the Los Angeles Actors’ Theater.

3. What are the projects of Wilford Brimley ?

Brimley’s onscreen breakthrough came when he was cast in the popular 1970s television series The Waltons as Walton’s Mountain resident and blacksmith Horace Brimley; he made seven appearances between 1974 and 1977.

4. Somme collaborations with Wilford Brimley ?

His first credited feature movie performance was in The China Syndrome (1979) as Ted Spindler, a friend and coworker of plant shift supervisor Jack Godell (portrayed by Jack Lemmon). Later, Brimley made a brief, but pivotal, appearance in Absence of Malice (1981) as the curmudgeonly, outspoken Assistant Attorney General James A. Wells. In the movie The Thing (1982) he played the act of Blair, the biologist of a group of men at an American research station in Antarctica who encounter a dangerous alien that can perfectly imitate other organisms.

Brimley’s close friend Robert Duvall (who also appeared in The Natural) was instrumental in securing for him the act of Harry in Tender Mercies (1983). Duvall, who had not been getting along with director Bruce Beresford, wanted “somebody down here that’s on my side, somebody that I can relate to.” Beresford felt Brimley was too old for the part, but eventually agreed to the casting. Brimley, like Duvall, clashed with the director; during one instance when Beresford tried to advise Brimley on how Harry would behave, Duvall rewhich name is Brimley responding: “Now look, let me tell you something, I’m Harry. Harry’s not over there, Harry’s not over here. Until you fire me or get another actor, I’m Harry, and whatever I do is fine ’cause I’m Harry.”

Brimley then appeared as Pop Fisher, world-weary manager of a slumping baseball team, in The Natural (1984). Brimley appeared in the 1984 movie Country as Otis, the patriarch of a family farm, that took a sobering look at farms in crisis in the 1980s. Shortly thereafter, Brimley secured his first leading act in Ron Howard’s Cocoon (1985), portraying Ben Luckett, leader of a group of geriatrics who encounter a magically reinvigorating swimming pool by their retirement home. Brimley was only 49 when he was cast in the act, and turned 50 during movieing; he was at least 20 years younger than any of the actors playing the other retirement home residents. In order to look the part, Brimley bleached his hair and moustache to turn them gray, and had wrinkles and liver spots drawn on his face. He also acted in Cocoon: The Return, a 1988 sequel.

Through these and other acts, Brimley became widely known for portraying gruff or stodgy old men, most notably on the 1980s NBC drama series Our House, also starring Deidre Hall, Chad Allen and Shannen Doherty. One exception was when he played William Devasher, sinister head of security for a Mafia-associated law firm, in the Tom Cruise movie The Firm (1993).

After portraying the father of Kevin Kline in In & Out (1997), Brimley retreated from Hollywood in favor of involvement in more independent productions. He made an auspicious mainstream comeback with the TNT movie Crossfire Trail (2001), co-starring with Tom Selleck (whom he had previously worked with in the 1980s movie High Road to China). He played an intimidating United States Postmaster General in a 1997 episode of Seinfeld (“The Junk Mail”), who forces Kramer to end his boycott of the mail service. After several more years of independent movie and TV acting, Brimley had a supporting act in Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009), making witty exchanges with star Hugh Grant.

Brimley frequently appeared in commercials, including a series of commercials for Quaker Oats, a campaign which became famous for his repeating their slogan: “It’s the right thing to do.” Developed by advertising agency Jordan, McGrath, Case & Taylor, the campaign began in 1987. Brimley appeared in numerous television advertisements for Liberty Medical, a company specializing in home delivery of medical products (including diabetes testing supplies). He appeared in commercials for the American Diabetes Association and was the voice-over for a Bryan Foods television commercial campaign.

Brimley has been described as “a fine singer with a warm, rich voice”. In 1993, Brimley sang with the Cal State Northridge Jazz Band for a concert benefiting the college’s Jazz Endowment Scholarship Fund. In 2004, he released This Time, The Dream’s On Me, an album of jazz standards named after the Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer-penned title track. He was also an accomplished harmonica player; during his 2011 appearance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Brimley performed a lively rendition of “Oh! Susanna” much to the delight, and surprise, of Ferguson and the studio audience.

Brimley was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He married his first wife, Lynne Bagley, on July 6, 1956. They had four sons together: James Charles, John Michael, William Carmen, and Lawrence Dean. They were married until her death in June 2000. Brimley married Beverly Berry on October 31, 2007. They split their time between homes in Greybull, Wyoming and Santa Clara, Utah. In 2009, they founded the nonprofit organization Hands Across the Saddle (HATS) in the Big Horn Basin.

Diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1979, Brimley began working to raise awareness of the disease. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) honored him in 2008 with an award to recognize his lifetime of service. The ADA presented the award to him at the Port St. Lucie headquarters of Liberty Medical on December 19, 2008. He visited Veterans Administration hospitals and communities to advise patients on how to manage their diseases. His talks about diabetes have become an internet phenomenon and a meme due to Brimley’s dialectal pronunciation of “diabetes” as “diabeetus” /ˌdaÉȘəˈbiːtəs/ contrasting with his overall serious tone, although both pronunciations have been included in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

Brimley supported advertisements to have Utah allow horse-race gambling. He spoke against the banning of cockfighting in New Mexico on the basis of his support of individual rights. He also spoke at a 1998 Phoenix rally opposing an Arizona ballot proposition to ban cockfighting, arguing that a ban could lead to efforts to restrict the use of hunting dogs, which opponents of cockfighting which name is a distraction from the issue. Brimley enjoyed playing poker and played in the World Series of Poker Main Event.

Brimley lent his support to John McCain in the 2008 United States presidential election. In the days leading up to his selection for vice president, McCain jokingly stated that he would pick Brimley: “He’s a former Marine and great guy and he’s older than I am, so that might work.”

On August 1, 2020, Brimley died at a hospital in St. George, Utah, at the age of 85. He had been ill with a kidney condition for two months.



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