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Wilford Brimley, homespun
character actor, dies at 85

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Posted By: MissMolly, 8/2/2020 3:57:17 AM

Wilford Brimley, a Utah blacksmith and horse trainer who made a career transition to movies and commercials, often stealing scenes as gruff and homespun characters in films such as “Tender Mercies,” “The Natural” and “Cocoon,” died Aug. 1 in a Utah hospital. He was 85. Brimley’s manager Lynda Bensky told the Associated Press that he had been on dialysis and had several medical ailments. After dropping out of high school to join the Marine Corps, Mr. Brimley was a bodyguard for reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes and a wrangler for ranches throughout the West. By the mid-1960s, he was working as a farrier shoeing horses

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Locarno 8/2/2020 4:37:40 AM (No. 497219)
Sad news. I always loved the characters he played. My faves were The Natural and The Firm. He was simply superb, understated, and allowed the scene and dialog to come to life, rather than force his ego on anything. You will be missed, sir.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623 8/2/2020 5:18:05 AM (No. 497225)
Seems like a lot of familiar faces have passed away lately. RIP Wilford.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: philsner 8/2/2020 7:40:06 AM (No. 497285)
Pay wall.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Venturer 8/2/2020 8:56:28 AM (No. 497365)
I always enjoyed his performances.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: hershey 8/2/2020 9:10:17 AM (No. 497389)
Sad, another good one dies and the old liberal buttwipes continue to live on....
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Lawsy0 8/2/2020 10:02:47 AM (No. 497462)
For me, his best movie was Cocoon.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: panther361 8/2/2020 10:11:16 AM (No. 497474)
He had a different role type in JC's The Thing.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Chuzzles 8/2/2020 10:18:52 AM (No. 497490)
Brimley was a great character actor, always improving whatever production he appeared in. RIP sir, you will be missed.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Muguy 8/2/2020 10:23:45 AM (No. 497500)
With his passing, we are seeing more and more that REAL people like him from our past are being replaced by disrespectful, entitled, spoiled children who think America must be saved from itself. To those of us born as baby boomers, we KNEW people like Wilford Brimley and there are few among us like him left and we are so spoiled by all the "prosperity" surrounding us that we no longer have the character and grit to overcome and thrive by those like Mr. Brimley.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: franq 8/2/2020 10:27:45 AM (No. 497504)
Not a selfie-posting, drunk-tweeting actor, that's for sure. One silver lining of COVID hysteria is the demise of movies, at least temporarily.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: red1066 8/2/2020 10:34:09 AM (No. 497512)
He drops out of school, and joins the Marines. Becomes a bodyguard for Howard Hughes, and a horse wrangler for various ranches out west. Becomes a farrier shoeing horses, and somehow becomes an actor after all that. Who does this stuff? His life would make a pretty good movie. The rioters of today could learn a few things from someone like that if they'd get their heads out of their you know what.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Italiano 8/2/2020 10:45:37 AM (No. 497530)
The old U.S. Attorney who comes in at the end of Absence of Malice and upstages Paul Newman and Sally Field. A good man. A bigger man than most of the self-absorbed, leftist illiterate weenies out here today. RIP.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: lakerman1 8/2/2020 1:34:06 PM (No. 497730)
his appearance on Seinfeld as Postmaster General was a high point in that series. Kramer decided that he did not want to receive mail any more, because he received too many Pottery Barn catalogues. Brimley eventually showed up to discuss the decision with Kramer. I laugh just thinking about it.
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