ABSENCE OF LIFE
Popular American character actor Wilford Brimley has died aged 85 after dealing with a kidney infection. Brimley, who was a former bodyguard, Marine and legit cowboy, only turned to extra work in films in his mid 30s to supplement his income. He made TV appearances – including in The Waltons – but he was 45 before his big screen debut as tragic Jack Godell’s friend Ted in The China Sydrome. Over 70 credits in the next 40 years followed including memorable roles in Cocoon and The Thing. He was also known for appearing in Quaker Oats commercials and in awareness campaigns for diabetes, an illness he suffered from. He was picked by Predictor’s Predictions and Heads in a Bag.
27 September 1934 – 1 August 2020