The actor who starred in more than seventy roles on the Television and film and was a longtime spokesperson for Quaker Oats, Wilford Brimley, passed away on Saturday at his home in Utah as reported by the St. George News. The actor was aged 85 years old. Lynda Bensky, the agent of Wilford Brimley, told The New York Times that he had been sick for almost two months with a kidney ailment.
Wilford Brimley has made his appearance in classic films like Cocoon, The Thing, The Natural, and The China Syndrome. Along with the movies, he also made his appearances on Television series such as The Waltons, Kung Fu, and Our House.
The News confirmed the death of Brimley. It also said that Brimley lived in the St. George area. Barbara Hershey tweeted that Wilford was a wonderful man and actor, she had the great pleasure working with him, and he always made her laugh. TMZ reported Brimley’s death, and it was also confirmed by the Times.
Early Life of Wilford Brimley
According to IMDb, Anthony Wilford Brimley was born on September 27, 1934 in Salt Lake City. He later moved to California with his family when he was six years of age, as reported by IMDb. He dropped out of his High School to join the Marines and later served on the Aleutian Islands for three years.
The signature line of the Actor in Quaker Oats commercials was his advice that he gave in the commercial that eating the oatmeal was the right thing to do. As reported Times, Wilford Brimley was also a spokesperson for a company selling diabetes-testing supplies, Liberty Medical.
TMZ reported, he was diagnosed with Diabetes Mellitus in 1979. He was honored for his advocacy by the American Diabetes Association.