• Wilford Brimley is an 84-year-old American actor and singer.
• He served in the Marines for three years and worked as a bodyguard for Howard Hughes before entering the movie industry.
• He is well-known for his large mustache, peculiar accent, and brash delivery.
• He has been a spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association since 1979 and founded a non-profit organization to assist people in need.
• He is estimated to have a net worth of over $6 million.
Known for movies
|Net Worth||$14.5 Million|
|Date Of Birth||September 27, 1934|
|Spouse||Beverly Berry (m. 2007), Lynne Brimley (m. 1956–2000)|
|Fact||Had a recurring role on The Waltons (1971). At the prodding of series star Ralph Waite, Brimley became a charter member of Waite's Los Angeles Actors Theater.|
- 1 Who is Wilford Brimley?
- 2 Early Life and Education: Growing Up in Utah
- 3 Career Beginnings: Using His Connections
- 4 Later Works
- 5 Jazz Career
- 6 Personal Life: Is Wilford Brimley Married? Does He Have Any Children?
- 7 Is He Dead Or Alive? Net Worth.
- 8 General Info
- 9 Family
- 10 Accomplishments
- 11 Social profile links
- 12 Quotes
- 13 Facts
- 14 Pictures
- 15 Movies
- 16 Awards
Who is Wilford Brimley?
Born under the air sign of Libra on 27 September 1934, in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, Anthony Wilford Brimley is an 84-year-old American actor and singer. He never intended to be an actor in the first place – his priority was to serve in the Marines. After his service was done, he changed jobs frequently before becoming an extra in Western movies. This allowed him to gain recognition, before appearing in “The China Syndrome”, “The Thing”, “Cocoon” and many other movies. Wilford is best known as a character actor, recognized due to his large mustache, peculiar accent and brash delivery. A diabetes patient since 1979, he is a spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association (ADA), promoting education about the disease.
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Early Life and Education: Growing Up in Utah
Wilford was born into an American family in the state capital. His father was a notable real estate broker in the area, which means that the family was relatively well-off. We don’t know anything about his mother or potential siblings, as Brimley was always a private person. Over the years, he was faced with numerous inquiries about his early life and childhood, but on every occasion he politely refused to answer any and all questions involving such matters. Living an ordinary life didn’t quite fascinate this young man. In 1950, he dropped out of high school to join the US Marine Corps. Despite being a standout student, he was filled with patriotic vigor and wanted to experience the life of the Marines. He served a total of three years during the Korean conflict, being stationed in the Aleutian Islands, an archipelago in between Alaska and Russia.
Upon being discharged, he found a job as a bodyguard for legendary businessman Howard Hughes, however this didn’t last long, so he went on to work as a blacksmith, a wrangler, a ranch hand. He wasn’t really sure what he wanted to do with his life.
Career Beginnings: Using His Connections
Brimley entered the movie industry almost accidentally. He was shoeing horses that were used on film sets, which lead him to meet legendary actor (and later a good friend) Robert Duvall, who suggested that he should try applying for the position of stuntman or riding extra in Western movies.
Wilford was fascinated by this idea and made his debut in 1969 in “True Grit”, later having an uncredited role in “Lawman” in 1971. With two movies under his belt, he was ready for bigger and better thing, and his breakthrough was in “The Waltons”, a hit TV series. In total, Brimley appeared in 10 episodes, which was enough to attract the attention of producers and directors. In 1979, he made an appearance in “The China Syndrome”, starring Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas and Jack Lemmon, and followed this accomplishment with roles in “The Electric Horseman”, “Brubaker”, “Borderline” and “Absence of Malice”. By this time, Wilford had established himself as one of the most skilled character actors, mostly because of his accent and cowboy-like look.
Robert Duvall, his good friend, invited him to assume a role in “Tender Mercies” in 1983. The whole shooting process was filled with intricacies, as Duvall didn’t get along with the director, who in turn thought that Robert was trying to get him fired. In 1984’s “The Natural”, he delivered one of his best performances, playing the role of a depressed manager of a baseball team on a losing streak. This was just an overture for his biggest role to date, as the head of an alien-infested geriatric home in Ron Howard’s science fiction drama “The Cocoon”.
Since Star Wars: The Force Awakens is in full swing right now, let's look at the Ewok movie I was in. pic.twitter.com/39UR8puQ2n
— Wilford Brimley (@RealWilfordB) December 22, 2015
Industry experts were skeptical of Brimley’s capabilities, and weren’t sure how he would perform in his first lead role, but he exceeded all expectations. Even though he was only in his 40s, Wilford became the go-to guy when a movie needed a stodgy old man to play a support role, and throughout the 1990s, he mostly played bad guys, with the exception of “The Firm”, a 1993 thriller starring Tom Cruise. From this point onwards, he didn’t appear in any more Hollywood movies, as he was sick of the hustle and bustle one had to endure to be a successful actor. He is still active, mostly in independent productions, such as “Brigham City, “The Path of the Wind”, “Masque” and “PC and the Web”.
Unbeknownst to most people. Wilford is a highly skilled jazz singer – critics have described him as a singer with ‘a warm, rich voice’. Even today, he regularly performs with various bands, mostly for fundraising purposes or on very special occasions. In 2004, he released an album called “This Time, The Dream’s On Me”, inspired by the works of musicians Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer. He also knows how to play the harmonica, which he showcased during a 2011 appearance in “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson”, in which he performed a touching cover of “Oh! Susanna!”.
Personal Life: Is Wilford Brimley Married? Does He Have Any Children?
Brimley married his first wife Lynne Bagley in 1956, with whom he had four sons – Jim, John, Lawrence and Bill, and were together until Lynne passed away on 14 June 2000. In 2007, he married Beverly Berry – the couple split time between Santa Clara, Utah and Greybull, Wyoming. Together, they founded the Hands Across the Saddle, a non-profit organization that ‘assists folks with paying rent, small medical bills, or even food for their family when life has thrown them a curveball.’
Brimley was diagnosed with diabetes in 1979 and immediately started educating people about the perils of his condition. His way of pronouncing diabetes as “diabeetus” in Liberty Medical commercials became a widely known internet meme in recent years. Wilford is a devout Mormon.
Is He Dead Or Alive? Net Worth.
Wilford is very much alive. There have been rumors about his untimely death in recent years, mostly because he didn’t appear in public as much as he did before. He’s in good health, and devotes most of his time to his two estates and beloved wife, hopefully enjoying life on his estimated net worth of over $6 million, garnered largely from his acting career of almost 50 years.
|Full Name||Wilford Brimley|
|Net Worth||$14.5 Million|
|Date Of Birth||September 27, 1934|
|Profession||Bodyguard, Wrangler, Actor, Singer, Farmer, Blacksmith|
|Spouse||Beverly Berry (m. 2007), Lynne Brimley (m. 1956–2000)|
|Children||John Brimley, Bill Brimley, Lawrence Dean Brimley, Jim Brimley|
|Movies||The Thing, Cocoon, The Firm, The Natural, The China Syndrome, Absence of Malice, Hard Target, Crossfire Trail, In & Out, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, Tender Mercies, My Fellow Americans, Did You Hear About the Morgans?, Ewoks: The Battle for Endor, High Road to China, The Stone Boy, Brubaker...|
|TV Shows||Our House, The Boys of Twilight|
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|1||[on Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009)]: It was somewhat of a substandard movie.|
|2||I thought The Thing stunk. The instant [John Carpenter] said, 'Action,' I knew I was in deep water.|
|3||I just try to be myself. (on his acting technique)|
|4||Look, I like people very much. I'm not very good with people, but that doesn't mean I don't like them. I do like them. Because we actors are on that great big screen and so many people see us, we become familiar. People speak to us as if they've known us all our lives. That just tickles me to death.|
|1||Is a talented jazz singer who has recorded several albums and played successful club engagements.|
|2||Wilford's paternal grandfather was an English immigrant, born in Blackrod, Lancashire, while Wilford's paternal grandmother's parents were Scottish, from Glasgow. Wilford's mother was of half Danish descent, with her other roots being Welsh, English, German, and Swiss-German.|
|3||Was often mistaken for the trolley conductor in the 1991 Hardee's (now Carl's Junior) TV commercials for the Frisco Burger.|
|4||Father was a real estate broker.|
|5||His first acting roles were in the 60s as a riding extra/stuntman in westerns. At that time he used the name Anthony (Tony) Brimley.|
|6||A controversial activist, he paid from his own funds for ads to have Utah allow horse-race gambling, and he was actively opposed to the banning of cockfighting. He has campaigned in Arizona and New Mexico against laws banning cockfighting.|
|7||Had a recurring role on The Waltons (1971). At the prodding of series star Ralph Waite, Brimley became a charter member of Waite's Los Angeles Actors Theater.|
|8||Known for his Quaker Oats commercials.|
|9||Known to loosen up cast mates, with small practical jokes, between takes. For example, while filming Cocoon: The Return (1988), Courteney Cox was caught off guard by whoopee cushion pranks.|
|10||Has four sons with his wife, Lynne Brimley: Jim Brimley, John Brimley, Bill Brimley, and Lawrence Brimley (deseased).|
|11||Enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict and spent three years in the Aleutian Islands.|
|12||Has diabetes and has served as a spokesperson for the diabetes testing-supplies company Liberty Medical.|
|13||Was a bodyguard to Howard Hughes.|
|In & Out||1997||Frank Brackett|
|Chapter Perfect||1997||Chief Hawkins|
|My Fellow Americans||1996||Joe Hollis|
|Last of the Dogmen||1995||Narrator (uncredited)|
|The Good Old Boys||1995||TV Movie||C.C. Tarpley|
|OP Center||1995||TV Movie||Adm. Troy Davis|
|Walker, Texas Ranger||1995||TV Series||Burt Mueller|
|Homicide: Life on the Street||1994||TV Series||Harry 'The Admiral' Prentice|
|Heaven Sent||1994||Al (Security Guard)|
|Hard Target||1993||Uncle Douvee|
|The Firm||1993||William Devasher|
|Where the Red Fern Grows: Part Two||1992||Video||Grandpa Will|
|The Boys of Twilight||1992||TV Series||Bill Huntoon|
|Blood River||1991||TV Movie||U.S. Marshal Winston Patrick Culler|
|Billy the Kid||1989||TV Movie||Gov. Lew Wallace|
|Cocoon: The Return||1988||Benjamin 'Ben' Luckett|
|Our House||1986-1988||TV Series||Gus Witherspoon|
|End of the Line||1987||Will Haney|
|Shadows on the Wall||1986||Floyd Buckman|
|Act of Vengeance||1986||TV Movie||Tony Boyle|
|Thompson's Last Run||1986||TV Movie||Red Haines|
|Ewoks: The Battle for Endor||1985||TV Movie||Noa|
|Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins||1985||Harold Smith|
|Murder in Space||1985||TV Movie||Dr. Andrew McCallister|
|The Natural||1984||Pop Fisher|
|The Stone Boy||1984||George Jansen|
|The Hotel New Hampshire||1984||Iowa Bob|
|Harry & Son||1984||Tom Keach|
|The Firm||1983||TV Series||Martin Berry|
|Tough Enough||1983||Bill Long|
|10 to Midnight||1983||Captain Malone|
|High Road to China||1983||Bradley Tozer|
|The Thing||1982||Dr. Blair (as A. Wilford Brimley)|
|Death Valley||1982||Sheriff (as A. Wilford Brimley)|
|Absence of Malice||1981||Wells|
|The Big Black Pill||1981||TV Movie||Wally Haskell|
|Borderline||1980||Scooter Jackson (as A. Wilford Brimley)|
|Rodeo Girl||1980||TV Movie||Bingo Gibbs|
|Roughnecks||1980||TV Movie||Willie Clayton|
|Brubaker||1980||Rogers - Prison Board|
|Amber Waves||1980||TV Movie||Pete Alberts|
|The Electric Horseman||1979||Farmer|
|The Wild Wild West Revisited||1979||TV Movie||President Grover Cleveland (as Wilford A. Brimley)|
|The China Syndrome||1979||Ted Spindler|
|How the West Was Won||1979||TV Series||Sheriff Daniels|
|The Awakening Land||1978||TV Mini-Series||Jude McWhirter|
|The Waltons||1974-1977||TV Series||Horace Brimley|
|The Oregon Trail||1976-1977||TV Series||Joseph Burke / Ludlow|
|Kung Fu||1975||TV Series||Blacksmith|
|Lawman||1971||Marc Corman (uncredited)|
|True Grit||1969||Minor Role (uncredited)|
|Timber the Treasure Dog||2016||Hawk Jones|
|Did You Hear About the Morgans?||2009||Earl Granger|
|The Path of the Wind||2009||Harry Caldwell|
|Pitcher and the Pin-Up||2003||Coach Weaver|
|The Round and Round||2002||Governor|
|PC and the Web||2001|
|The Ballad of Lucy Whipple||2001||TV Movie||Deputy Sheriff Ambrose Scraggs|
|Crossfire Trail||2001||TV Movie||Joe Gill|
|All My Friends Are Cowboys||1998||Charlie|
|Summer of the Monkeys||1998||Grandpa Sam Ferrans|
|A Place to Grow||1998||Jake|
|Progeny||1998||Dr. David Wetherly|
|Lunker Lake||1997||The Storyteller|
|Seinfeld||1997||TV Series||Postmaster General Henry Atkins|
|Bandolero!||1968||stunts - uncredited|
|The Natural: The Best There Ever Was||2016||Documentary special thanks|
|The Men of Outpost 31||2016||Video documentary short||Himself|
|The Natural: The Best There Ever Was||2016||Documentary||Pop Fisher / Himself|
|The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson||2011-2013||TV Series||Himself - Guest|
|Born to Ride: Cody Wright and the Quest for a World Title||2009||Video documentary||Narrator (voice)|
|Keeper of the Flame||2005||TV Movie documentary||Storyteller|
|The China Syndrome: Creating a Controversy||2004||Video documentary short||Ted Spindler|
|Larry King Live||2003||TV Series||Himself|
|One on One with John Tesh||1992||TV Series||Himself|
|Live with Kelly and Ryan||1990||TV Series||Himself|
|Funny, You Don't Look 200: A Constitutional Vaudeville||1987||TV Movie documentary||The Constitution (voice)|
|The Making of 'Absence of Malice'||1982||TV Movie documentary||Himself|
|The Making of 'The China Syndrome'||1979||TV Movie documentary||Himself|
|The Frollo Show||2011-2013||TV Series||Himself|
|Edición Especial Coleccionista||2012||TV Series||Dr. Blair|
|The China Syndrome: A Fusion of Talent||2004||Video documentary short||Ted Spindler|
|Miracles & Mercies||2002||Video documentary short||Harry|
|Twentieth Century Fox: The Blockbuster Years||2000||TV Movie documentary||Benjamin Luckett|
|Biography||1999||TV Series documentary||Ben Luckett in 'Cocoon'|
|2005||Golden Boot||Golden Boot Awards|
|2013||Maverick Movie Award||Maverick Movie Awards||Best Supporting Actor: Short||Masque (2012)|
|1987||ACE||CableACE Awards||Actor in a Movie or Miniseries||Act of Vengeance (1986)|
Source: IMDb, Wikipedia