“Forgotten Hollywood”- Goodbye to Wilford…

August 1st, 2020

Manny P. here…

“`Wilford Brimley was a soft-spoken actor and a television spokesperson for the Quaker Oats Company. He also advocated for diabetes education and appeared in commercials for Liberty Medical.

“`After serving in the Marines and doing a variety of jobs, including ranch hand and wrangler, Brimley eventually established himself as a fine supporting player. He worked as a bodyguard for Howard Hughes and started shoeing horses in film and television. Brimley began acting in the 1960s as a riding extra in Westerns and as a stunt man at the urging of his friend, Robert Duvall.

“`Brimley’s onscreen breakthrough came when cast in the popular 1970s television series The Waltons; he made seven appearances between 1974 and 1977. His first credited feature film performance was in The China Syndrome, followed by an appearance in Absence of Malice and The Natural. Duvall was instrumental in securing for him for Tender Mercies.

WILFORD BRIMLEY

“`Other cinematic roles include The Electric Horseman, Brubaker, The Thing, Cocoon, My Fellow Americans, and The Firm. On television, he guest-starred in Walker Texas Ranger and Seinfeld.

“`Wilford Brimley was eighty-five.

Until next time>                               “never forget”