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Wilford Brimley

Actor, Farmer, Wrangler, Blacksmith, Bodyguard, Singer
Anthony Wilford Brimley (born September 27, 1934) is an American actor. He has appeared in such films as The China Syndrome, Cocoon, The Thing and The Firm. He had a recurring role on the 1970s television series The Waltons. Brimley has also done television commercials, including advertisements for Quaker Oats and Liberty Medical. --- Brimley was born as Anthony Wilford Brimley in Salt Lake City, Utah, where his father worked as a real estate broker. Prior to his career in acting, Brimley served in the United States Marine Corps, worked as a ranch hand, wrangler, blacksmith, and a bodyguard for Howard Hughes. He then began shoeing horses for film and television. He began acting in the 1960s as a riding extra in Westerns and as a stunt man at the urging of his friend, actor Robert Duvall. Brimley was cast in the popular 1970s television series The Waltons as Walton's Mountain resident Horace Brimley, in seven appearances from 1974 through 1977. Brimley became famous later in life for appearing in such films as The Hotel New Hampshire, John Carpenter's The Thing, and Cocoon. In 2001, he starred in the Turner Network Television film Crossfire Trail with Tom Selleck. He had an important role in The China Syndrome. He often plays a gruff or stodgy old man, notably on the 1980s drama series Our House. --- Diagnosed with diabetes in 1979, Brimley began working to raise awareness of the disease. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) honored Brimley in 2008 with an award to recognize his lifetime of service.

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Born
Anthony Wilford Brimley
September 27, 1934 (age 89)
Profession
Actor, Farmer, Wrangler, Blacksmith, Bodyguard, Singer
Spouse
Lynne Brimley
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