The American actor Wilford Brimley, known for his grumpy roles and above all for his characteristic mustaches, the showy walrus mustache, sported in films such as “The Thing” and “Cocoon”, which had made him lovable in the eyes of the spectators, he died yesterday at the age of 85. As his manager Lynda Bensky announced to “The Hollywood Reporter”, Brimley had been on dialysis for some time and had been in intensive care for several weeks in the hospital of St. George, in the state of Utah. Since 2004 he has lived on a ranch in Greybull, in the state of Wyoming
Born in Salt Lake City, the state capital of Utah, on September 27, 1934, Brimley started working as a cowboy in his rodeos, then worked as a farrier and then bodyguard for the film producer Howard Hughes. After starting to shoe horses for movies and TV shows, he began working in western films as a stuntman at the request of his friend actor and director Robert Duvall.
One of Brimley’s early film roles was in the film “Chinese Syndrome” (1979), where he starred as a Jack Lemmon confidant. He later appeared in “Brubaker” (1980), “Man of the border” (1980), “Sydney Newspaper” (1981) by Sydney Pollack (1981). The actor with the mustache became famous for performances in films such as John Carpenter’s “The Thing” (1982), “Ten Minutes Midnight” (1983), “Hotel New Hampshire” (1984), “Cocoon – The Energy of ‘universe “(1985), directed by Ron Howard, and in the sequel” Cocoon – The Return “(1988) by Daniel Petrie, and” The Partner “(1993) by Pollack.
Often interpreter of grumpy and old men, on TV he starred in the series “An American family” (1974-1977) and “Vita col nonno” (1986-1988). He had married actress Lynne Bagley, who died in 2000 from kidney disease, from whom he had four children (Bill, Jim, John and Lawrence Dean, the latter deceased). In 2007 he had remarried with Beverly Berry.