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Wilford Brimley, the iconic actor of ‘Cocoon’ and ‘The Firm’, dies aged 85

Wilford Brimley, the actor best known for starring in films such as Cocoon and The Firm, has past away at the age 85.

His manager Lynda Bensky, who released the information in a statement issued to the Hollywood Reporter, confirmed that the actor died on Saturday, August 1, in Utah.

“Wilford Brimley was a man you could trust,” Bensky said in the statement. “He said what he meant and he meant what he said. He had a tough exterior and a tender heart. I’m sad that I will no longer get to hear my friend’s wonderful stories. He was one of a kind.”

After beginning life in the army, serving in the United States Marine Corps, Brimley began to enter the world of cinema in the late 1960s when he began working as an extra in a number of different Western films. “We used to saddle up, and they’d give us a breechcloth and Indian wig, rub some body makeup all over us, and we’d be Indians fleeing over the hills from the soldiers,” Brimley once said of his early career progression. “Then we’d change into soldier uniforms and go back and chase ourselves over the same roads.”

After ten years of establishing his name in the industry, Brimley appeared in films such as The China Syndrome, Tender MerciesThe Natural and John Carpenter’s iconic 1982 horror film The Thing. With the actor now a household name, Brimley began a prolific working relationship with iconic director Sydney Pollack and starred in his pictures such as The Electric HorsemanAbsence Of Malice and The Firm.

“He was a wonderful man, a joy to be around, and his dry sense of humour and iconic voice left an ever lasting impression on every person he met,” Brimley’s talent agent Dominic Mancini said. “I was lucky to call him a friend. To know Wilford, was to love Wilford. He had an amazing career, and sliced through the screen with his dry wit, stoic stature, and powerful conveyance. His unique blend of unexpected comedy and indelible storytelling will always remain unmatched.”