Wilford Brimley

Wilford Brimley

85 (passed away Aug. 1st, 2020)
Sep. 27th, 1934
Born in
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
5' 8

Wilford Brimley's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Our House TV Show
Our House
The Boys of Twilight TV Show
The Boys of Twilight

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Anthony Wilford Brimley is an American actor best known for his work on Cocoon. Brimley's onscreen breakthrough came when he was cast in the popular 1970s television series The Waltons as Walton's Mountain resident Horace Brimley. In the 80's he was Gus Witherspoon in the series Our House.

Brimley dropped out of high school to serve in the United States Marine Corps, where he served in the Aleutian Islands for three years. He also worked as a bodyguard for Howard Hughes, a ranch hand, a wrangler, and a blacksmith. He then began shoeing horses for film and television. He began acting in the 1960s as a riding extra in Westerns and a stunt man at the urging of his friend, actor Robert Duvall. Brimley became an extra for Westerns, and in little more than a decade he had established himself as a character actor in films such as The China Syndrome, The Thing, and The Natural.

Brimley was the long-time face of television advertisements for the Quaker Oats Company. He has also promoted diabetes education and appeared in related commercials for Liberty Medical.

Wilfor Brimley died in hospital at his home state of Utah, where he was on dialysis and being treated for diabetes and other medical ailments.

  • Was a bodyguard to 'Howard Hughes (I)' (qv).
  • Known for his Quaker Oats commercials.
  • Father was a real estate broker.
  • 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.
  • Known to loosen up castmates, with small practical jokes, between takes. For example, while filming "Cocoon II" (1988), Courtney Cox-Arquette was caught off guard by whoopie cushion pranks.
  • Enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict and spent three years in the Aleutian Islands.
  • Has diabetes and has served as a spokesperson for the diabetes testing-supplies company Liberty Medical.
  • Was often mistaken for the trolley conductor in the 1991 Hardee's (now Carl's Junior) TV commercials for the Frisco Burger.

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