WILFORD BRIMLEY Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: Allen Wilford Brimley                                                         
Born: 27 September 1934 Salt Lake City Utah                                         
Allen Wilford Brimley (born September 27, 1934) is an American actor.               
Before his career in acting, Brimley worked as a ranch hand, wrangler,               
blacksmith, and even a bodyguard for Howard Hughes. He then began shoeing horses     
for film and television. His first acting roles began in the 1960s and consisted     
of being a riding extra for Westerns and a stunt man. At that time he was           
known as Anthony (Tony) Brimley.                                                     
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. His first characterization was in       
Absence of Malice, in which he played a small but key role as a curmudgeonly,       
outspoken James A. Wells, Assistant U.S. Attorney General. He expanded on this       
characterization in The Natural, as the world-weary manager of a hapless             
baseball team. He is known to Star Wars fans as Noa Briqualon in George Lucas'       
1985 made-for-TV movie Ewoks: The Battle for Endor.                                 
In a change from his "good guy" roles such as those in Our House, he played         
William Devasher, the ominous head of security for Bendini, Lambert & Locke in       
1993's Tom Cruise film, The Firm, based on the novel by John Grisham. Brimley       
has frequently appeared in commercials, namely a series of commercials he did       
for Quaker Oats Oatmeal throughout the 1980s and '90s. The Quaker commercials       
were famous for their slogan: "It's the right thing to do and the tasty way to       
do it." He also made an appearance on Seinfeld as the United States Postmaster       
General, a takeoff on his role of U.S. Assistant Attorney General in Absence of     
Brimley has diabetes and has made a series of commercials for the diabetes           
testing-supplies company Liberty Medical--Brimley admonishes viewers to "check       
your blood sugar and check it often" and to "Call Liberty, they can help you         
live a better life." He is known for his idiosyncratic pronounciation of the         
word "diabetes".