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Wilford Brimley is DEAD TO ME!

Wilford Brimley -- an iconic actor who was the face of Quaker Oats for years, as well as a spokesperson for diabetes education -- has died ... a rep tells TMZ.

We're told Brimley passed away Saturday morning at his home in Utah. Sources with direct knowledge of Wilford's health tell us he was in an ICU wing of a hospital on dialysis, and very sick for days.

Wilford had a lengthy career on camera, dating back to the 1970s with over 70 acting credits. He's perhaps most known for roles in cult classic films like 'Cocoon,' 'The Natural,' 'The Thing,' 'Hard Target,' and countless other memorable onscreen appearances, big and small.

Brimley started out as mostly a TV actor, landing one-time roles on TV series like 'How the West Was Won,' 'Kung Fu,' 'The Oregon Trail,' and then eventually ... a recurring part on 'The Waltons.' He went on to star in a bunch of TV movies, such as 'The Wild Wild West Revisited,' 'Amber Waves,' 'Roughnecks,' 'Rodeo Girl,' 'The Big Black Pill,' and so on.

In the '80s, he started breaking out into more traditional films, appearing in flicks like 'High Road to China,' '10 to Midnight,' 'Tough Enough,' 'Jackals,' 'End of the Line,' and a bunch of other B-movies where he'd often play an authority figure or a grandfatherly figure with his deep, comforting Southern accent. One of the best character actors without a doubt.

He went on to star in countless other movies and shows, notably on 'Our House,' in which he starred in over 40 episodes, as well one-off appearances in hit series like 'Walker: Texas Ranger,' 'Seinfeld,' and so many others.

Folks might remember Wilford more for commercials though over the years -- specifically, his campaigns with Quaker Oats through the '80s and '90s, and maybe even more memorable ... his classic diabetes ads for Liberty Medical -- which was often spoofed, but also beloved.

Wilford was diagnosed with diabetes mellitus in 1979, and managed the disease ever since then -- obviously, he was very open about it. The American Diabetes Association honored him for his lifetime of advocacy in 2008.

A rep for Wilford tells TMZ, one of his favorite quotes was from a sign at a blacksmith's shop. It read, "There is nothing made, sold, or done that can't be made, sold, or done cheaper. If price is your only concern, please do business with my competitor."

He's survived by his wife, Beverly, and his three children.

Wilford was 85. RIP

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by Anonymousreply 8908/04/2020

Was it the diabeetus?

by Anonymousreply 108/01/2020

I had no idea he was still alive.

by Anonymousreply 208/01/2020

He was only 85?!

by Anonymousreply 308/01/2020

So young.

by Anonymousreply 408/01/2020

He had a hot ass, but I guess he couldn't live forever.

by Anonymousreply 508/01/2020

85. really? He was old my entire life and I'M old.

by Anonymousreply 608/01/2020

Yet another celebrity I'd thought was already dead.

by Anonymousreply 708/01/2020

Did he have the diabeetus?

by Anonymousreply 808/01/2020

Yeah r7, I could have sworn he passed years ago.

Oh well, R.I.P.

by Anonymousreply 908/01/2020

He had the sugars.

by Anonymousreply 1008/01/2020

Crazy that he was 49 when they made Cucoon, about a bunch of old people in a retirement home.

by Anonymousreply 1108/01/2020

He was fighting an oil rig fire in the Gulf of Mexico. He was 85!!!

by Anonymousreply 1208/01/2020

Deidre Hall, Shannen Doherty, and Chad Allen better make statements.

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by Anonymousreply 1308/01/2020

So young.

by Anonymousreply 1408/01/2020

I’m sure he had diabetes—whether that was the immediate cause of death or not, it was inevitably a contributing factor.

by Anonymousreply 1508/01/2020

I’m calling in sick on Monday

by Anonymousreply 1608/01/2020

So shocked he was alive

by Anonymousreply 1708/01/2020

The DL flag must now be lowered to half-mast.

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by Anonymousreply 1808/01/2020

As Pops in "The Natural" -- he was 49 here too. Whatever his character's actual name, he always played Pops.

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by Anonymousreply 1908/01/2020

I always hated the way he said diabetes.

by Anonymousreply 2008/01/2020

R13, I don't know why that show was never a DL fave...when you consider the cast.

by Anonymousreply 2108/01/2020

He was diagnosed with the betus in 1979. Considering he lived to 85 with it id say he had a pretty good run.

by Anonymousreply 2208/01/2020

I'm glad! I wish his mother had had an abortion and he'd never been born!!

by Anonymousreply 2308/01/2020

I can't believe he was in his early 50s during the run of "Our House" He always looked really old.

R22, coupled with his weight.

by Anonymousreply 2408/01/2020

He looked 85 when he made this video!

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by Anonymousreply 2508/01/2020

Loved him in The Thing remake.

by Anonymousreply 2608/01/2020

I liked the remake of his diabeetus commercial

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by Anonymousreply 2708/01/2020

[Quote]Crazy that he was 49 when they made Cucoon, about a bunch of old people in a retirement home.

Holy shit! No wonder I thought he was dead.

by Anonymousreply 2808/01/2020

He was tweeting just the other day.

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by Anonymousreply 2908/01/2020

Tweeted yesterday too.

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by Anonymousreply 3008/01/2020

Alan Parker and now Brimley. Who’s next?

by Anonymousreply 3108/01/2020

He was only 13 years older than denim-clad ingenue G, but played her pops in "The Stone Boy".

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by Anonymousreply 3208/01/2020

He fucked like Champion fuck man. RIP Wilmort.

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by Anonymousreply 3308/01/2020

So young.

by Anonymousreply 3408/01/2020

Rather young, I thought.

by Anonymousreply 3508/01/2020

He was always quite the fat fuck. Hated him in Tender Mercies.

by Anonymousreply 3608/01/2020

Did he pop out of the womb looking 75?

by Anonymousreply 3708/01/2020

Schooling Kramer

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by Anonymousreply 3808/01/2020

Wilford Brimley: born in Salt Lake City, a Mormon.

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by Anonymousreply 3908/01/2020

We really need some words of comfort from Dee Hall right about now.

by Anonymousreply 4008/01/2020

Fuck Dee Hall, that bitch won't even wear a mask.

by Anonymousreply 4108/01/2020

He was a Republitard.

by Anonymousreply 4208/01/2020

I prefer the diabeetus remix

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by Anonymousreply 4308/01/2020

He was on Twitter even very recently. They never verified him, but I'm not sure he was interested in pursuing that. He was always very gracious, and made very good points from time to time. As a child of the 1980s, I will miss his presence in film and television.

by Anonymousreply 4408/01/2020

R41 and she won't mourn him either

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by Anonymousreply 4508/01/2020

In the movie Cocoon 1985 he was playing an old man but Wilford Brimley was only 49 years old when it was filmed.

by Anonymousreply 4608/01/2020

Wilford Brimley was like Ellen Corby and Angela Lansbury. Actors who were always playing old characters even when they weren’t old.

by Anonymousreply 4708/01/2020

^ For the third time, YES WE KNOW.

by Anonymousreply 4808/01/2020

Predictions for the next two deaths- Marion Ross and Johnny Depp

by Anonymousreply 4908/01/2020

and Paul McCartney, R49.

by Anonymousreply 5008/01/2020

It’s not discussed much, but he was relatively young when he made COCOON.

He was just one of those actors who always played characters older than he actually was.

(Angela Lansbury was another one.)

by Anonymousreply 5108/01/2020

Why wasn't he cast as Keneckie in "Grease"?

by Anonymousreply 5208/01/2020

I know several people who always look a lot older than their ages and it's crazy when you see them with people who are the same age, but don't look as old as them. I have a cousin who is 47, but looks like she's already in her 60s. Another cousin who is the same age looks more like she's in her late 30s/early 40s.

I have a friend who is 36 and her step-sister is 30. The step sister looks like she's pushing 40 while my friend is often mistaken as a 20 something.

by Anonymousreply 5308/01/2020

Tso Yung

by Anonymousreply 5408/01/2020

Hey r50! FUCK YOU!!!!!

by Anonymousreply 5508/01/2020

Wow, r45, what's her damage?

by Anonymousreply 5608/01/2020

Sorry, R55. Paul's dead by the end of the year.

by Anonymousreply 5708/01/2020

Quite big tits.

by Anonymousreply 5808/01/2020

I thought this guy was 70, 40 years ago

by Anonymousreply 5908/01/2020

A Mormon shilling for Quaker Oats?

by Anonymousreply 6008/01/2020

[quote]Why wasn't he cast as Keneckie in "Grease"?

They didn't want anyone who could possibly steal the spotlight from John Travolta.

by Anonymousreply 6108/01/2020

He lived life to the brim.

by Anonymousreply 6208/02/2020

Annoying that the obituary doesn't mention his maybe best-done and maybe most successful movie, especially when combining quality and commercialism, 'The Firm', which was the best of the Grisham movies, which were generally pretty good.

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by Anonymousreply 6408/02/2020

I liked him in The Natural and The Firm.

by Anonymousreply 6508/02/2020

Pardon me for being cliche as FUCK, but I thought this happened a loooong time ago.

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by Anonymousreply 6708/02/2020

I loved Our House. It was a great show!!

by Anonymousreply 6808/02/2020

He looked 85 in 1985

by Anonymousreply 6908/02/2020

R23 in the recent Kelly Preston death thread predicted this.

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by Anonymousreply 7008/02/2020

The statement we've been waiting for.

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by Anonymousreply 7108/02/2020

It would have been more becoming had she remained silent.

by Anonymousreply 7208/02/2020

[quote]The statement we've been waiting for.

I thought it was going to be a statement from Susan Dey.

by Anonymousreply 7308/02/2020

Major pussy hound. Big Trump supporter.

by Anonymousreply 7408/02/2020

Loved him in The Thing. Watched The Firm recently and he was an effective “bad guy”. I grew up thinking this dude was elderly and it’s still a shock that in The Thing he was only about a decade older than I am right now. He lived a long life what with the diabeetus and chronic old dude look.

by Anonymousreply 7508/02/2020

No one's mentioned that he played Kevin Kline's father (and our Debbie's husband) in the iconic gay movie "In and Out?"

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by Anonymousreply 7608/02/2020

All I know of him from the Datalounge was he use to sit on Iola's face after eating chili and kraut.

by Anonymousreply 7708/02/2020

I never laughed harder in my life than I did when I saw this:

Wilford Brimley on his Homosexuality

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by Anonymousreply 7808/02/2020

Wilford was actually one of the finest drag queens in all of Silverlake.

She was known as "Wilhelmina" and lit up a room in her teal caftans, lip synching to Rosemary Clooney songs.

When she sang "Come On-A My House" Wilhelmina flashed the audience and dozens of patrons fainted.

by Anonymousreply 7908/02/2020

^^^ fabulous

by Anonymousreply 8008/02/2020

He looks the same age in R76 as he did in Cocoon.

by Anonymousreply 8108/02/2020

Funny how people who always looked old appear to age better than those who don't. Ian Mckellan and Angela Lansbury have looked the same for decades

by Anonymousreply 8208/02/2020

R13 R40

Dee's condolences on IG with photo:

[quote] We lost a great one yesterday. Every day with Wilford was a life lesson. Heaven just got a lot more interesting.

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by Anonymousreply 8308/02/2020

Dee's assistant vetoed the first tweet which was: "Old Assgrabber is dead? Good!" and rewrote it with the bland vanilla one that appeared.

by Anonymousreply 8408/03/2020

First noticed his greatness in "Absence Of Malice" with the still gorgeous Paul Newman and the always great Sally Field. Brimley was brilliant as the Justice Department big wig investigating "what the good Christ was going on in Florida!"

Years later Sally let it be known that making the film was not a happy experience for her. She said that she felt left out of the tight bond between Paul and the director, Sydney Pollack. It wasn't the fun experience that she anticipated. She looked fabulous though.

by Anonymousreply 8508/03/2020

What the hell are we going to do now?!

by Anonymousreply 8608/04/2020

[quote]What the hell are we going to do now?! —Quaker Oats

Blame the black girl.

by Anonymousreply 8708/04/2020

[quote]What the hell are we going to do now?! —Quaker Oats

Good question.

by Anonymousreply 8808/04/2020

In 2020, you can’t put a Black woman in a bandana on a pancake box but you can put a creepy old fat white Christian man who looks like a child molester on an oatmeal box named for the same religious sect that gave us Richard Nixon.

by Anonymousreply 8908/04/2020
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