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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 89August 4, 2020 10:12 PM

Was it the diabeetus?

by Anonymousreply 1August 2, 2020 3:00 AM

I had no idea he was still alive.

by Anonymousreply 2August 2, 2020 3:01 AM

He was only 85?!

by Anonymousreply 3August 2, 2020 3:03 AM

So young.

by Anonymousreply 4August 2, 2020 3:04 AM

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

by Anonymousreply 5August 2, 2020 3:06 AM

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

by Anonymousreply 6August 2, 2020 3:06 AM

Yet another celebrity I'd thought was already dead.

by Anonymousreply 7August 2, 2020 3:07 AM

Did he have the diabeetus?

by Anonymousreply 8August 2, 2020 3:07 AM

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

Oh well, R.I.P.

by Anonymousreply 9August 2, 2020 3:08 AM

He had the sugars.

by Anonymousreply 10August 2, 2020 3:08 AM

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

by Anonymousreply 11August 2, 2020 3:09 AM

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

by Anonymousreply 12August 2, 2020 3:09 AM

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

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by Anonymousreply 13August 2, 2020 3:09 AM

So young.

by Anonymousreply 14August 2, 2020 3:09 AM

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

by Anonymousreply 15August 2, 2020 3:10 AM

I’m calling in sick on Monday

by Anonymousreply 16August 2, 2020 3:12 AM

So shocked he was alive

by Anonymousreply 17August 2, 2020 3:12 AM

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

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by Anonymousreply 18August 2, 2020 3:14 AM

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 19August 2, 2020 3:15 AM

I always hated the way he said diabetes.

by Anonymousreply 20August 2, 2020 3:15 AM

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

by Anonymousreply 21August 2, 2020 3:15 AM

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 22August 2, 2020 3:16 AM

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

by Anonymousreply 23August 2, 2020 3:17 AM

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 24August 2, 2020 3:17 AM

He looked 85 when he made this video!

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by Anonymousreply 25August 2, 2020 3:17 AM

Loved him in The Thing remake.

by Anonymousreply 26August 2, 2020 3:19 AM

I liked the remake of his diabeetus commercial

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by Anonymousreply 27August 2, 2020 3:20 AM

[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 28August 2, 2020 3:20 AM

He was tweeting just the other day.

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by Anonymousreply 29August 2, 2020 3:21 AM

Tweeted yesterday too.

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by Anonymousreply 30August 2, 2020 3:22 AM

Alan Parker and now Brimley. Who’s next?

by Anonymousreply 31August 2, 2020 3:22 AM

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 32August 2, 2020 3:22 AM

He fucked like Champion fuck man. RIP Wilmort.

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by Anonymousreply 33August 2, 2020 3:25 AM

So young.

by Anonymousreply 34August 2, 2020 3:29 AM

Rather young, I thought.

by Anonymousreply 35August 2, 2020 3:30 AM

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

by Anonymousreply 36August 2, 2020 3:30 AM

Did he pop out of the womb looking 75?

by Anonymousreply 37August 2, 2020 3:32 AM

Schooling Kramer

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by Anonymousreply 38August 2, 2020 3:34 AM

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

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by Anonymousreply 39August 2, 2020 3:40 AM

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

by Anonymousreply 40August 2, 2020 3:50 AM

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

by Anonymousreply 41August 2, 2020 3:53 AM

He was a Republitard.

by Anonymousreply 42August 2, 2020 3:53 AM

I prefer the diabeetus remix

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by Anonymousreply 43August 2, 2020 3:54 AM

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 44August 2, 2020 3:56 AM

R41 and she won't mourn him either

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by Anonymousreply 45August 2, 2020 4:00 AM

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 46August 2, 2020 4:21 AM

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

by Anonymousreply 47August 2, 2020 4:23 AM

^ For the third time, YES WE KNOW.

by Anonymousreply 48August 2, 2020 4:24 AM

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

by Anonymousreply 49August 2, 2020 4:26 AM

and Paul McCartney, R49.

by Anonymousreply 50August 2, 2020 4:27 AM

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 51August 2, 2020 5:34 AM

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

by Anonymousreply 52August 2, 2020 6:10 AM

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 53August 2, 2020 6:18 AM

Tso Yung

by Anonymousreply 54August 2, 2020 6:45 AM

Hey r50! FUCK YOU!!!!!

by Anonymousreply 55August 2, 2020 7:02 AM

Wow, r45, what's her damage?

by Anonymousreply 56August 2, 2020 7:06 AM

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

by Anonymousreply 57August 2, 2020 7:18 AM

Quite big tits.

by Anonymousreply 58August 2, 2020 7:22 AM

I thought this guy was 70, 40 years ago

by Anonymousreply 59August 2, 2020 7:23 AM

A Mormon shilling for Quaker Oats?

by Anonymousreply 60August 2, 2020 7:27 AM

[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 61August 2, 2020 7:39 AM

He lived life to the brim.

by Anonymousreply 62August 2, 2020 8:32 AM

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 64August 2, 2020 8:41 AM

I liked him in The Natural and The Firm.

by Anonymousreply 65August 2, 2020 9:10 AM

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

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by Anonymousreply 67August 2, 2020 4:00 PM

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

by Anonymousreply 68August 2, 2020 4:04 PM

He looked 85 in 1985

by Anonymousreply 69August 2, 2020 4:06 PM

R23 in the recent Kelly Preston death thread predicted this.

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by Anonymousreply 70August 2, 2020 4:25 PM

The statement we've been waiting for.

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by Anonymousreply 71August 2, 2020 4:32 PM

It would have been more becoming had she remained silent.

by Anonymousreply 72August 2, 2020 5:13 PM

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

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

by Anonymousreply 73August 2, 2020 5:20 PM

Major pussy hound. Big Trump supporter.

by Anonymousreply 74August 2, 2020 5:28 PM

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 75August 2, 2020 5:52 PM

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 76August 2, 2020 6:07 PM

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

by Anonymousreply 77August 2, 2020 6:16 PM

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 78August 2, 2020 6:22 PM

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 79August 2, 2020 9:12 PM

^^^ fabulous

by Anonymousreply 80August 2, 2020 9:14 PM

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

by Anonymousreply 81August 2, 2020 9:14 PM

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 82August 2, 2020 9:45 PM

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 83August 3, 2020 6:28 AM

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 84August 3, 2020 7:32 PM

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 85August 3, 2020 7:55 PM

What the hell are we going to do now?!

by Anonymousreply 86August 4, 2020 12:20 PM

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

Blame the black girl.

by Anonymousreply 87August 4, 2020 12:21 PM

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

Good question.

by Anonymousreply 88August 4, 2020 3:51 PM

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 89August 4, 2020 10:12 PM
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