Wilford Brimley, Star of 'The China Syndrome', Dead at 85
Wilford Brimley, the charismatic actor and the face of Quaker Oats, has recently passed away at the age of 85, leaving behind quite a unique legacy.
The heartbreaking news was confirmed by the late star's manager, Lynda Bensky, who revealed that he was in the St. George's ICU prior to his death.
NOT FOND OF THE HOLLYWOOD LIFESTYLE
So far, the exact medical issues that Brimley was dealing with are yet to be revealed but it is believed that the actor was very ill since he spent his last few days in the hospital.
Born in 1934 in Salt Lake City, Brimley was a man known for being honest, straightforward, and with very little appreciation for the fast life found in Hollywood.
I was very sad to hear that actor Wilford Brimley passed away today. 🕊 His beautiful, humble, and fierce characters in ‘The China Syndrome’ and ‘The Natural’ are two performances I love. What an amazing actor, Rest In Peace sir ♥️ pic.twitter.com/OR1SHsBKfs— Piper Perabo (@PiperPerabo) August 2, 2020
SOFT AT HEART
He was a humble and simple person, a fact confirmed by Bensky, who shared that despite his tough exterior he actually had a very "tender heart:"
"Wilford Brimley was a man you could trust. He said what he meant and he meant what he said. He had a tough exterior and a tender heart. [...] He was one of a kind."
Dominic Mancini, Brimley's talent agent, also spoke highly of him and recalled how it was a joy to be around him due to his dry wit and iconic voice.
The star lost his first wife, Lynne Brimley, back in 2000 after 44 years of marriage
RIP Wilford Brimley— Seth Green (@SethGreen) August 2, 2020
What an absolute legend.
I was lucky enough to make my first movie with him. I was only 8, but he treated me like a peer, and gave me confidence as an actor. Forever grateful for his kindness & generosity. Plus he was funny: pic.twitter.com/SY5L5m9zib
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Although Brimley didn't have a flashy career, the actor managed to leave his mark in history, with appearances in movies such as "Cocoon," "The Thing," "Absence of Malice," "Hard Target" and "The Electric Horseman."
The late 85-year-old also starred in several television shows, including "Bonanza," "Our House," "Gunsmoke," "The Waltons," "Walker, Texas Ranger," "Seinfeld" and "Billy the Kid."
1/3 We lost a truly great human being & an incredible actor tonight. Starting out as a horse wrangler, Willford Brimley became a versatile character actor who could do any genre; drama, comedy,horror. I’ll never forget Wilford Brimley telling me the best direction he ever got... pic.twitter.com/OELY0T10Yv— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) August 2, 2020
Brimley was nominated for a CableAce Award in 1987 for his role in "Act of Vengeance," as well as a Maverick Movie Award in 2013 for "Masque," but the only award he managed to win was a Golden Boot in 2005.
The star lost his first wife, Lynne Brimley, back in 2000 after 44 years of marriage and is survived by his second wife, Beverly Brimley, and his three children.