American actor Wilford Brimley, best known for his role in the cult 1985 film Cocoon, died on Saturday at the age of 85. Suffering from kidney problems, he was hospitalized in St. George, Utah.
Wilford Brimley was a man to be trusted, “manager Lynda Bensky told CNN. “He was tough at first, but his heart was soft. I’m sad to never hear my friend’s wonderful stories ever again. There were no two like him.”
Born in 1934 in Salt Lake City, Wilford Brimley served as a cowboy then enlisted in the navy before working on a ranch, reports the New York Times. He got closer to show business a bit by chance, becoming the bodyguard of aviator and director Howard Hugues, then taking care of horses on sets or doing extras or stunts.
Supporting roles with the greatest
He was revealed to the movies in 1979 with his role in Chinese Syndrome, which he shares with Jane Fonda and Michael Douglas. He then plays a secondary role in The best (by Barry Levinson, with Robert Redford, in 1984).
The following year he played one of the main roles of Cocoon, cult fantasy film by Ron Howard; there is a retiree who finds his youth again after bathing in a pool of youth. It will also be present in the sequel, Cocoon: the return, in 1988. In 1993, he shared with Tom Cruise the poster The Firm, by Sydney Pollack. He also appeared in several series during the 1990s, notably Walker, Texas Ranger and Seinfeld.