Actor Wilford Brimley, perhaps best known for pitching Quaker Oats and popping up on television to warn folks about diabetes, has died, according to multiple reports. The former Marine was also a singer and harmonica player, and he worked a variety of different non-acting jobs - including, in a wild twist, as a bodyguard for Howard Hughes.
Brimley was also recognizable to many as a longtime pitchman for Quaker Oats and medical supplier Liberty Medical. He had a gruff exterior and a tender heart.
Though never nominated for an Oscar or Emmy Award, Brimley amassed an impressive list of credits.
Another memorable role came alongside Tom Cruise in the 1993 legal thriller, The Firm, where Brimley played a sinister security official for a law firm.
Actor Wilford Brimley attends the premiere of Did You Hear About the Morgans? in New York City on December 14, 2009 Brimley passed away on August 1, 2020 at 85.
A Utah native who grew up around horses, Brimley spent two decades travelling around the West and working at ranches and race tracks.
Acting was just one of Brimley's talents, however. "I was lucky to have had that experience; a lot of newcomers don't". "The camera photographs the truth - not what I want it to see, but what it sees".
Another side of the actor was his love of jazz.
He is survived by his wife Beverly and three sons.
Those PSAs eventually became a popular meme due to Brimley's dialectical pronunciation of "diabetes" (and he always seemed to have a good sense of humor about it).
Rest in peace, Wilford Brimley.