Vale: Wilford Brimley
Veteran US actor best known for Cocoon, The China Syndrome & The Waltons, has died.
Veteran US actor Wilford Brimley, best known for Cocoon, The China Syndrome & The Waltons, has died aged 85.
He died in intensive care unit in St. George, Utah, his manager said, having been on dialysis and suffering multiple medical issues.
Brimley was a regular character on The Waltons as Horace Brimley from 1974 – 1977, recreating the role for Kung Fu in 1975.
His film career spanned from 1968 – 2017 and included Cocoon, Tender Mercies, Absence of Malice, Brubaker, The China Syndrome, The Electric Horseman, True Grit, The Natural, Hotel New Hampshire, The Firm and In & Out.
Television credits included Our House, The Oregon Trail, Walker Texas Ranger, Seinfeld and Homicide: Life on the Street.
He became the face Quaker Oats, and cautioned Americans about diabetes for the American Diabetes Association.
Source: NBC News