Wilford Brimley, whose work as an actor and as a spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association makes him a cross-generational favorite, is dead at 85.
Brimley died last Saturday morning, his Manager Lynda Bensky confirm to mix and match. He was in intensive care when receiving dialysis treatment and deal with unspecified medical problems. He left behind his wife Beverly and his four children.
“Wilford Brimley is a man you can trust,”Bensky said in a statement. “He said what he meant and he meant what he said. he had a tough exterior and a gentle heart. I’m sad that I will no longer get to listen to my friend’s wonderful story. He is one of a kind.”
Brimley left a memorable mark in the Hollywood career of almost 50 years. He is perhaps best known for his work Cocoon And NaturalBut he is also impressive appear in a range of classic, from cult favorites like Remo Williams: the adventure begins To blockbusters like Thriller The company (Opposite Tom Cruise).
He is also a surprise guest in the Seinfeld In 1997, appear as menacing the General post office and a kind of seclusion in that out-for-Television Star Wars, classic Ewoks: Battle for Endor. This is a full career, with more to appear on television and in films, including breakout role Walton.
The proxy is just a Brimley talent, however. The former Marine is also a singer and harmonica player, and his various non-acting work includes, in a wild twist, as a bodyguard for Howard Hughes.
Brimley the persistence of Hollywood to eventually give him the opportunity to serve as a spokesman. He is well known for a long time, because the face on the oatmeal Quaker, he is an avid supporter of the Diabetes Education who appeared in several public service announcements received after the diagnosis of their own in 1979.
These PSAs eventually became a popular meme, since Brimley the dialectical pronunciation of”diabetes”(and he always seems to have A good sense of humor About). He is also the inspiration of the Brimley/Cocoon Line, a popular Twitter premise is built around this idea, according to their profile:
When the’cocoon’reaches theaters on June 21, 1985, Wilford Brimley is 18,530 days. This account, making note of the people who have reached this age.
After the news Brimley dead broke night Saturday night, the actor’s friends, supporters and fans stepped on to commend the life and career of the good life.
Wilford Brimley is a good man and actor.
I am very honored working with him. He always makes me laugh. https://t.co/kkWWr6FAYx
—Barbara Hill(@BarbaraHershey8) August 2 2020
RIP Wilford Brimley-so many great performances, but I’ll never forget seeing him sing this amazingly tender”it is not easy to be green”https://t.co/xdvh9qGhMj
—Stephen Colbert(@StephenAtHome) August 2 2020
We like @RealWilfordB‘s work and we are heartbroken to hear of his passing. We are proud to he amused by what we do here. The line would not have been worth mentioning if he wasn’t so good to make us believe in his characters. He is great and irreplaceable. ❤Every day pic.twitter.com/3ZW3CFn3ni
—Brimley/cocoon line(@BrimleyLine) August 2 2020
My heart sense the grief of the loss of the role of the legend #WilfordBrimley. Is always a reassuring voice and tireless advocate for diabetes education. We have a common”something”(I’m the poster/his agent). I always enjoy with him here on Twitter. He will be greatly missed. pic.twitter.com/mq6h2DaEyH
—Drew Struzan(@DrewStruzan) August 2 2020
Of course, this is absolutely legendary last tweet.
Rest in peace, Wilford Brimley.