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Old 08-02-2020, 06:31 AM   #1
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Anthony Wilford Brimley (September 27, 1934 – August 1, 2020) was an American actor and singer.[1] After serving in the Marines and taking on a variety of odd jobs, he became an extra for Western films, and in little more than a decade he had established himself as a character actor in films such as The China Syndrome (1979), The Thing (1982), and The Natural (1984). He was the long-time face of television advertisements for the Quaker Oats Company.[2] He also promoted diabetes education and appeared in related commercials for Liberty Medical.
I always remembered Wilford Brimley because he was eight years to the day older than me and always looked old enough to be my father......I recall thinking on numerous occasions "Wow, is that how old I'm going to look in a measly eight years?"
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Liked him in Cocoon.
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Liked him in Cocoon.
Me, too. But he must have been in his 40's then to play an "old geezer"?
He did much towards Diabetes education.
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Brimley was only 49 when he was cast in the Cocoon role, and turned 50 during filming; he was at least 20 years younger than any of the actors playing the other retirement home residents. In order to look the part, Brimley bleached his hair and moustache to turn them gray, and had wrinkles and liver spots drawn on his face.
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Me, too. But he must have been in his 40's then to play an "old geezer"?
He did much towards Diabetes education.
Yeah he was close to 50. Good point. He always looked older than he was.
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If his name wasn't Wilford Brimley, he might have been in that legion of character actors whose face you know but whose name escapes you -- guys like Bing Russell or Whit Bissell. Maybe the extra syllable in his name had some magic.

Then again, his on-screen persona was pretty consistent, from "The China Syndrome" to the Quaker Oats commercials. Straight-talking, if a little grumpy. Gruff, but honest. A man you could trust. Maybe that made him stand out.
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Geez. Talk about typecast.

I really liked him in Remo Williams. He played a shadowy government character... about 15 years older than his real age when he filmed it..

Now actors try and look 15 years younger than they are. And act about half as well.

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I always thought he was one of the old men in the Bartles & Jaymes wine cooler commercials. Looked it up and I was wrong. Anyway, he was always an interesting character wherever he was cast.
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He was great in The Natural. His team the Knights were getting their buts kicked when Robert Redford (Roy Hobbs) showed up as a 30 year old rookie and he stomped around in the dugout saying "I should have been a farmer".... youtube it for a great baseball scene. He must be about the same age as Robert Redford.


A few years earlier he was also with Robert Redford ( Sonny Steel ) in The Electric Horseman. Great movie if you haven't seen it.
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He was great in The Natural. His team the Knights were getting their buts kicked when Robert Redford (Roy Hobbs) showed up as a 30 year old rookie and he stomped around in the dugout saying "I should have been a farmer".... youtube it for a great baseball scene. He must be about the same age as Robert Redford.


A few years earlier he was also with Robert Redford ( Sonny Steel ) in The Electric Horseman. Great movie if you haven't seen it.

Brimley’s scenes with Richard Farnsworth (“Red”) are great in The Natural.

Aside: Bernard Malamud’s novel is good baseball summertime reading. A very different Roy Hobbs than the movie.
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Geez. Talk about typecast.

I really liked him in Remo Williams. He played a shadowy government character... about 15 years older than his real age when he filmed it..
When I read this, the movie "Remo Williams" was the first thing I thought of.


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