Wilford Brimley -An iconic actor who has been a representative of Quaker Oats for many years and a spokesperson for diabetes education-has passed away… a representative told TMZ.
We were told that Brimley died at his home in Utah on Saturday morning. A source with direct knowledge of Wilford’s health told us that he was on dialysis in the ICU department of a hospital and was sick for several days.
Wilford has been engaged in photography for a long time, dating back to the 1970s, and earned more than 70 performance credits. He may be famous for his roles in the classic movies “Cocoon”, “Nature”, “Things”, “Hard Target” and countless other memorable screens.
Brimley was primarily a TV actor at first, and once played a role in TV series, such as “How the West Was Victory”, “Kung Fu”, “The Road to Oregon”, and finally… repeatedly appeared in “The Waltons” . He continued to star in many TV movies, such as “Wild West Revisited”, “Amber Wave”, “Sweater”, “Rodeo Girl”, “The Black Pill” and so on.
In the 1980s, he began to get involved in more traditional movies, appearing in films such as “The Road to China”, “Ten Nights to Midnight”, “Tough enough”, “J Wolf”, “The End of the Line” and other movies. In other B movies, he often played the role of authority or grandfather with a deep and relaxing southern accent. Without a doubt one of the best role actors.
He has continued to appear in countless other movies and TV shows, especially in 40 episodes of “Our House”, and has appeared in “Walker: Texas Ranger”, “Seinfeld” and many others
Over the years, people may miss Wilford’s commercials more-especially his campaign with Quaker Oats in the 80s and 90s, even more memorable… his classic diabetes designed for Liberty Medical Advertising-often deceived, but also deeply in love
Wilford was diagnosed with diabetes in 1979 and has controlled the disease since-obviously, he is open to it. The American Diabetes Association paid tribute to his lifelong advocacy in 2008.
A Wilford sales representative told TMZ that one of his favorite offers was a sign from a blacksmith shop. It says: “No product can be made, sold or completed cheaply. If price is your only concern, please do business with my competitors.”
He was survived by his wife BeverlyAnd his three children.