He is dead. The nation is stunned and in mourning. No one expected this tragic news — especially in the middle of a pandemic and societal unrest — but it has happened. Please pray for his family and friends.
“Wilford Brimley was a man you could trust,” said Lynda Bensky, the actor’s longtime manager in a statement. Brimley, 85, passed away over the weekend in Utah. He was best known for roles in movies such as “Cocoon” and “The Firm.”
But his acting wasn’t limited to the big screen. Brimley was also “pitchman for Quaker Oats and in recent years appeared in a series of diabetes spots that turned him at one point into a social media sensation,” reported Breitbart News.
Brimley was known as a humble man who did not like talking too highly of himself. According to actress Barbara Hershey, he also had a sense of humor — something she discovered while working with him. “He always made me laugh,” she said.
Sadly, actors like Brimley are becoming less common these days. He did his job and never made a fuss; it was about doing his best and entertaining people, not giving ‘woke’ speeches from the awards stage or ranting on social media.
As Bensky said: “He said what he meant and he meant what he said. He had a tough exterior and a tender heart. I’m sad that I will no longer get to hear my friend’s wonderful stories. He was one of a kind.”
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