RIP Wilford Brimley

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Wilford Brimley, who worked his way up from movie stunt rider to an indelible character actor who brought gruff charm, and sometimes menace, to a range of films that included Cocoon, The Natural, and The Firm, has died. He was 85. Brimley’s manager, Lynda Bensky, said the actor died Saturday in a Utah hospital.

30 Comments on RIP Wilford Brimley

  1. I still well recall the hair standing up on the back of my neck the first time I saw him in “Absence of Malice.” He was a dead ringer for my dad, both in appearance and mannerisms. It was spooky to say the least.

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  2. Are we sure? Because he dies every year, it seems. lol.
    Well, I guess this one took.
    Thanks for all the Diabeetus ads, Wilford. AND that movie, “The Thing” 🙂

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  3. MJA
    AUGUST 2, 2020 AT 9:59 AM

    “Thanks for all the Diabeetus ads, Wilford. AND that movie, “The Thing” 🙂”

    …OMG, I forgot he was in John Carpenter’s “The Thing”, he was GREAT in that!

    …also one of the BEST movie lines EVER (but it wasn’t his…)

    https://youtu.be/NtgFKdWcKXY

    “it’s weird and it’s pissed off”.

    …ALL the information you need, quickly delivered, it’s a threat and needs a creative solution.

    …only information-packed line with a shorter delivery than THAT was delivered by Nichelle Nichols’ “Uhura” character in the Star Trek episode “the Naked Time” where a crazed Sulu grabbed her and said “I’ll protect you, fair maiden!”, to which she replied, “Sorry, NEITHER” (at 0:35)…

    …think about it…

    https://youtu.be/KOjVqAcC2FM

    …RIP Wilford Brimley. When I see oatmeal and hear of diabetes, I will always think of you…

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  4. No, dee… that was Euell Gibbons for GRAPE NUTS.
    He was full of sh!t. They taste like crunchy cat litter.

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  5. Probably the love of my life showed me the gate for a variety of reasons, mostly justifiable. One thing she said is that I would look like Wilford Brimley when I got old. She wasn’t wrong, but a thinner, much thinner Wilford….

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  6. Gibbons died in 1975 after eating a handful of wild asparagus plucked from the edges of a dog-run at a Pennsylvania kennel.

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  7. “My Dear Lord – could we please get Wilford Brimley back and give up Tony “The Fcuk” Fauci instead? Asking for the World.”

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  8. WHAT?! They totally left out his role as Blair in John Carpenter’s 1982 version of “The Thing”. (IMO the best role he ever had.) Rest in peace, Mr. Brimley.

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  9. He was always fun to watch.

    @Ann Thracts – I am not going to ask how you know what crunchy cat litter tastes like 😛

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  10. He had an engaging screen persona and I don’t recall ever seeing him play a part that he didn’t do well.
    He was a scene stealer!

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  11. Mr. Brimley was a menacing villain in the movie, The Firm, which by chance has just started playing on TMC channel. But I will also remember many of his other delightful roles.

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