Wilford Brimley died yesterday at the age of 85 after being hospitalized for two months with kidney problems.
I first saw Wilfred Brimley in an uncredited role with John Wayne in True Grit. At that point I had no idea who Wilfred Brimley was, but that would all change with his tv appearances in Kung Fu, The Waltons, How the West was Won and The Wild, Wild West Revisited. After that it wasn’t surprising to see Brimley popping up in movies (The Electric Horseman, Brubaker, Absence of Malice) or television (Walker, Texas Ranger; Seinfeld).
My favorite Wilfred Brimley roles were in The Thing and Hard Target, but it didn’t matter the role or movie, Wilfred Brimley always made it better.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Wilfred Brimley’s family, friends and fans.