ST. GEORGE — St. George News has learned that local resident, Utah native and renowned actor Wilford Brimley has died. The character star, known for bringing a loveable folksy curmudgeon personality to such popular films as “Cocoon,” “The Natural” and “The China Syndrome” was 85.
Brimley, who was born in Salt Lake City, called Santa Clara home as well as a ranch in Greybull, Wyoming.
St. George News was able to confirm Brimley’s passing, but the circumstances of his death have not been disclosed.
Brimley started his film career as an extra in Westerns, and the Western spirit stayed in his heart throughout his life as he could usually be seen wearing a Stetson in his local appearances atop a face marked by his signature, walrus-like mustache. In 2005, the Motion Picture and Television Fund honored Brimley with its Golden Boot for his contributions to Westerns in film and television.