Wilford Brimley, a veteran actor known for character work on movies and TV as well as for a variety of ads over the years, is dead at 85.
The actor died Saturday morning at a Utah hospital, according to his manager, Lynda Bensky. He was on dialysis and had several ailments, she said. He also worked with Redford in "Brubaker" and "The Electric Horseman". Brimley is best known for his role in Cocoon, where he was one of a group of older adults who discover aliens and gain youthful rejuvenation from them.
"Wilford Brimley was a man you could trust", Bensky said. "He was one of a kind". In 1993's John Grisham adaptation "The Firm", Brimley starred opposite Tom Cruise as a tough-nosed investigator who deployed ruthless tactics to keep his law firm's secrets safe.
His movie roles included Pop Fisher in Barry Levinson's baseball film The Natural (1984), and as Sunny Shores retirement home resident Ben Luckett in the 1985 Ron Howard movie Cocoon. His best friend, Oscar-winning actor Robert Duvall, urged him to give acting a go.
Our thoughts are with Wilford Brimley's loved ones during this hard time.
Wilford is survived by his wife Beverly and their three kids. In 2018, the website Diabetes Daily proclaimed him "Mr. Diabeetus".