'Cocoon' Actor Wilford Brimley Dies At 85

Utah native Wilford Brimley ‘Cocoon’ Star and Quaker Oats pitchman dies at 85

Actor Wilford Brimley, best known for his roles in the Oscar-winning movie Cocoon and The Firm has died at the age of 85, United States media reported.

The actor died Saturday morning at a Utah hospital, according to his manager, Lynda Bensky. He had been on dialysis and suffered multiple medical issues, she said.

Brimley's best-known work was in "Cocoon", in which he was part of a group of seniors who discover an alien pod that rejuvenates them.

On the small screen, Brimley was also known for his work as the Quaker Oats spokesman in a series of commercials in the '80s and '90s.

Wilford Brimley has sadly passed away at the age of 85. He had a gruff exterior and a tender heart.

His big-screen credits include "Cocoon", "The Natural" and "The Firm", in which he portrayed a law firm's security chief who's keeping an eye on a young lawyer played by Tom Cruise. His best friend, Oscar-winning actor Robert Duvall, urged him to give acting a go. He also had roles on several television shows including "The Waltons".

He is survived by his wife Beverly and three sons.

Our thoughts are with Wilford Brimley's loved ones during this hard time.

In recent years, Brimley's pitchwork for Liberty Mutual had turned him into an internet sensation for his drawn out pronunciation of diabetes as "diabeetus".



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