Wilford Brimley

Actor, Extra, Stuntman
The actor of choice to play gruff, but lovable grandfathers, old salts and dispensers of sage advice in the 1980s, Wilford Brimley was a former real-life ranch hand who worked his way up the Hollywood food chain from ... Read more »
Born: 09/27/1934 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Filmography

Actor (63)

Timber the Treasure Dog 2015 (Movie)

Hawk Jones (Actor)

Did You Hear About the Morgans? 2009 (Movie)

Earl Granger (Actor)

Brigham City 2001 (Movie)

Sheriff Stu (Actor)

Louis L'Amour's Crossfire Trail 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ballad of Lucy Whipple 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

All My Friends Are Cowboys 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Storytime 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Progeny 1998 (Movie)

Dr David Kelly (Actor)

Summer of the Monkeys 1998 (Movie)

Grandpa Sam Ferens (Actor)

In & Out 1997 (Movie)

Frank Brackett (Actor)

Chapter Perfect 1996 (Movie)

Chief Danny Hawkins (Actor)

My Fellow Americans 1996 (Movie)

Joe Hollis (Actor)

Last of the Dogmen 1995 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Walker, Texas Ranger 1993 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Place to Grow 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Heaven Sent 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Homicide: Life on the Street 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mutant Species 1994 (Movie)

Devro (Actor)

Hard Target 1993 (Movie)

Uncle Douvee (Actor)

The Firm 1993 (Movie)

William Devasher (Actor)

The River of Doubt 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Voice

Shadows on the Wall 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Boys of Twilight 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Where the Red Fern Grows, Part Two 1992 (Movie)

(Actor)

Eternity 1990 (Movie)

Eric/King (Actor)

Cocoon: the Return 1988 (Movie)

Ben Luckett (Actor)

Our House 1986 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

End of the Line 1987 (Movie)

Will Haney (Actor)

American Justice 1986 (Movie)

Sheriff Mitchell (Actor)

Cocoon 1985 (Movie)

Ben Luckett (Actor)

Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins... 1985 (Movie)

Harold Smith (Actor)

Country 1984 (Movie)

Otis (Actor)

Harry & Son 1984 (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

The Hotel New Hampshire 1984 (Movie)

"Iowa Bob" Berry (Actor)

The Natural 1984 (Movie)

Pop Fisher (Actor)

The Stone Boy 1984 (Movie)

George Jansen (Actor)

10 to Midnight 1983 (Movie)

Captain Malone (Actor)

High Road to China 1983 (Movie)

Bradley Tozer (Actor)

Tender Mercies 1983 (Movie)

Harry Silver (Actor)

The Firm 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Tough Enough 1983 (Movie)

Bill Long (Actor)

The Thing 1982 (Movie)

Blair (Actor)

Absence of Malice 1981 (Movie)

Wells (Actor)

Death Valley 1981 (Movie)

Sheriff (Actor)

Borderline 1980 (Movie)

Scooter Jackson (Actor)

Brubaker 1980 (Movie)

Rogers (Actor)

The China Syndrome 1979 (Movie)

Ted Spindler (Actor)

The Electric Horseman 1979 (Movie)

Farmer (Actor)

Oregon Trail 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Act of Vengeance (TV Show)

Actor

Amber Waves (TV Show)

Actor

Blood River (TV Show)

Actor

Ewoks: The Battle For Endor (TV Show)

Actor

Murder in Space (TV Show)

Actor

Rodeo Girl (TV Show)

Actor

Roughnecks (TV Show)

Actor

The Awakening Land (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Black Pill (TV Show)

Actor

The Good Old Boys (TV Show)

Actor

Thompson's Last Run (TV Show)

Actor

Tom Clancy's Op Center (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

The actor of choice to play gruff, but lovable grandfathers, old salts and dispensers of sage advice in the 1980s, Wilford Brimley was a former real-life ranch hand who worked his way up the Hollywood food chain from stunt rider and extra to popular character actor and television pitchman. On the advice of friend Robert Duvall, Brimley set his course down the acting path and earned his big break in "The China Syndrome" (1979). By the mid-1980s, Brimley was adding old-fashioned grit and homespun charm to high-profile pictures like "The Natural" (1984), "Cocoon" (1985) and "The Firm" (1993), as well as on the primetime series "Our House" (NBC, 1986-88). His profile lessened in subsequent years, though his avuncular presence was well used in a series of ads for Quaker Oats and the Liberty Medical supply company, keeping fresh his distinctly whiskered visage to audiences.

Relationships

Bill Brimley

Son

Jim Brimley

Son

John Brimley

Son

Father

Lynne Brimley Actor

Wife
Married on July 6, 1956 Lynne died on June 14, 2000

Milestones

2009

Cast alongside Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant in "Did You Hear About the Morgans?"

2004

Released an album of jazz standards titled <i>This Time, the Dream's on Me</i>

2001

Co-starred in the CBS movie "The Ballad of Lucy Whipple"

2001

Played a sheriff in "Brigham City"

2001

Starred in an off-Broadway revival of "The Petrified Forest"

1998

Acted in the PBS aired production "All My Friends Are Cowboys"

1997

Appeared as Kevin Kline's father and Debbie Reynolds' husband in Frank Oz's comedy "In & Out"

1996

Reunited with good friend Robert Duvall for a sixth time in the feature "My Fellow Americans"

1993

In a departure from type, gave an outstanding performance as the sinister head of security in "The Firm"

1989

Portrayed Gov. Lew Wallace (author of "Ben Hur") in "Gore Vidal's 'Billy the Kid'" (TNT)

1986

Co-starred on NBC comedy drama series "Our House"

1985

Delivered memorable performance as leader of spunky senior citizens in Ron Howard's "Cocoon"

1984

Played Robert Redford's reluctant baseball manager in "The Natural"

1984

Portrayed disillusioned farm patriarch in "Country"

1979

Breakthrough supporting role as the plant foreman in "The China Syndrome"

1976

TV-movie debut in "The Oregon Trail" (NBC)

1974

Landed recurring role on CBS series "The Waltons"

1970

Credited as Bill Brimley for movie role in "Lawman"

1968

Film debut, an uncredited bit part in "True Grit"

1965

Returned to Los Angeles; became a riding extra for Westerns

1940

Moved to California at the age of six

Received Screen Actors Guild card for work as stuntman

Was founding member of Los Angeles Actors Theater

Dropped out of school to serve in Marines during the Korean War

Parlayed his folksey down-home image into job as spokesperson for Quaker Oats

Befriended by actor Robert Duvall who urged him to pursue acting as a career

After Korea, drifted though the western states working as a ranch hand, blacksmith and wrangler

Spent three years in the late 1950s as a bodyguard for Howard Hughes

Shoed horses for stables that furnished animals for movie and TV Westerns

Moved to Idaho

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