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Wilford Brimley Dies: ‘Cocoon’, ‘The Natural’ Actor Was 85

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  • Wilford Brimley Dies: ‘Cocoon’, ‘The Natural’ Actor Was 85

    Wilford Brimley, the actor known for his work in Cocoon, The Natural and The Thing, has died. He was 85.

    Brimley, whose additional credits include The Electric Horseman and The Hotel New Hampshire, died Saturday at an ICU in St. George, Utah, a rep for the actor confirmed to Deadline. The actor had been on dialysis and experienced other medical problems leading up to his passing, the rep added.

    Born in 1934 in Salt Lake City, Brimley had a film and television career with scores of roles to his name. From his time in the film and television industry, mainly in the 1970s, Brimley has taken on a wide variety of roles including Grandpa Sam Ferrans in Summer of the Monkeys, Joe Hollis in My Fellow Americans, governor in The Round and Round and William Devasher, the sinister head of security for a Mafia-associated law firm in Tom Cruise film The Firm .

    Loved his work in film.

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  • Always remember him from his Quaker Oats commercials. RIP.

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