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Brimley in October, 2012
Anthony Wilford Brimley

(1934-09-27)September 27, 1934
Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
Died August 1, 2020(2020-08-01) (aged 85)
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 1967–2020
Lynne Bagley
(m. 1956; died 2000)

Beverly Berry (m. 2007)
Children 4
Military career
Allegiance  United States
Branch  United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1953–56
Rank USMC-E5.svg Sergeant

Anthony Wilford Brimley (September 27, 1934 – August 1, 2020) was an American actor and singer. After serving in the U.S. Marines and doing a variety of jobs including ranch hand and wrangler, 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 (1979), The Thing (1982), and The Natural (1984).

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


Brimley died in a hospital in St. George, Utah at the age of 85 on August 1, 2020. He had been ill with a kidney condition for two months.


Year Film Role
1968 Bandolero! Stunts (uncredited)
1969 True Grit Stunts (uncredited)
1971 Lawman Stunts (uncredited)
1976 The Oregon Trail Ludlow
1979 The China Syndrome Ted Spindler
The Electric Horseman Farmer
1980 Brubaker Rogers
Borderline Scooter Jackson
1981 Absence of Malice Asst. U.S. Atty. Gen. James A. Wells
1982 Death Valley The Sheriff
The Thing Dr. Blair
1983 Tender Mercies Harry
10 to Midnight Captain Maline
High Road to China Bradley Tozer
Tough Enough Bill Long
1984 Harry & Son Tom Keach
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor Noa Briqualon
The Hotel New Hampshire Iowa Bob
The Stone Boy George Jansen
The Natural Pop Fisher
Country Otis
Terror in the Aisles
1985 Cocoon Benjamin Luckett
Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins Harold Smith
Shadows on the Wall Theater Owner
Murder in Space Dr. Andrew McAllister
1986 Jackals Sheriff Mitchell
1987 End of the Line Will Haney
1988 Cocoon: The Return Benjamin Luckett
1989 Eternity King/Eric
1992 Where the Red Fern Grows: Part II Grandpa Will
1993 The Firm William Devasher
Hard Target Uncle Douvee
1994 Heaven Sent Security Guard
1995 Mutant Species Devro
Last of the Dogmen Narrator (uncredited)
1996 My Fellow Americans Joe Hollis
1997 In & Out Frank Brackett
Lunker Lake The Storyteller
1998 A Place to Grow Jake
Progeny Dr. David Wetherly
Chapter Perfect Chief Hawkins
All My Friends Are Cowboys Charlie
Summer of the Monkeys Grandpa Sam Ferrans
2000 Comanche  
2001 PC and the Web  
Brigham City Stu
The Ballad of Lucy Whipple Deputy Sheriff Ambrose Scraggs
Crossfire Trail Joe Gill
2002 Resurrection Mary Morty
The Round and Round Governor
2003 The Road Home Coach Weaver
2009 The Path of the Wind Harry Caldwell
2009 Did You Hear About the Morgans Earl Granger
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