Iconic actor Wilford Brimley, who was well known for advertising campaigns for Quaker Oats and diabetes education, has died at 85, according to TMZ.
Brimley has been in the ICU for a period of time on dialysis.
TMZ notes that “Wilford had a lengthy career on camera, dating back to the 1970s with over 70 acting credits. He’s perhaps most known for roles in cult classic films like ‘Cocoon,’ ‘The Natural,’ ‘The Thing,’ ‘Hard Target,’ and countless other memorable onscreen appearances, big and small.
“Brimley started out as mostly a TV actor, landing one-time roles on TV series like ‘How the West Was Won,’ ‘Kung Fu,’ ‘The Oregon Trail,’ and then eventually … a recurring part on ‘The Waltons.’ He went on to star in a bunch of TV movies, such as ‘The Wild Wild West Revisited,’ ‘Amber Waves,’ ‘Roughnecks,’ ‘Rodeo Girl,’ ‘The Big Black Pill,’ and so on.”