Wilford Brimley Dead: ‘Cocoon’ Actor Was 85

The former blacksmith, rodeo rider and Howard Hughes bodyguard also starred in ‘The China Syndrome,’ ‘Absence of Malice’ and ‘The Firm.’

Wilford Brimley, the actor with the walrus mustache whose down-home geniality seen in such films as Cocoon, The Natural and Absence of Malice endeared him to moviegoers, has died. He was 85.

The Salt Lake City native, who also stood out as the plant foreman who becomes a confidant of Jack Lemmon’s character in The China Syndrome (1979), died on Saturday morning in Utah, his manager Lynda Bensky confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. Brimley had been on dialysis and had other medical issues and was in the ICU in St. George, Utah ahead of his death. He had lived since 2004 on a ranch in Greybull, Wyo.

Bensky shared in a statement to THR, “Wilford…

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