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 Posted:   Aug 2, 2020 - 4:43 AM   
 By:   dragon53   (Member)


 Posted:   Aug 2, 2020 - 4:55 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

Ahhhhh damn.
Loved him in the roles I saw by him.
I thought he was older than that IN the actual films when I viewed them.
RIP Good Sir.

 Posted:   Aug 2, 2020 - 5:00 AM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

"Want some candy?" First thing I think of w.r.t. a line from a movie he was in. I'm sure anyone here will know that one.

He got to the big screen and stuck there in a distinctive way - no small feat.

If I had to pin him down it would either be as Blair in The Thing, or the heavy enforcer from The Firm. Probably the latter, where he was most imposing. RIP.

 Posted:   Aug 2, 2020 - 6:40 AM   
 By:   dragon53   (Member)

I think his best role was the coach in THE NATURAL.

 Posted:   Aug 2, 2020 - 7:16 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

My first association when I hear his name are the COCOON films, followed by THE NATURAL.
I always forget he's in THE THING, one of my favourite films ever.
I'd forgotten THE CHINA SYNDROME too, another goodun.

 Posted:   Aug 2, 2020 - 9:01 AM   
 By:   fmfan1   (Member)

He played an old man 35 years ago in Cocoon! (He was only 50 years old or so at the time of that film.)

A fine, distinctive, actor.

 Posted:   Aug 2, 2020 - 9:09 AM   
 By:   Damian   (Member)

' cat couldn't scratch it '

 Posted:   Aug 2, 2020 - 11:13 AM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

I loved him in The Thing. But I thought he was about 62 in it. Not 44. Wow. He had a good long career. Really liked seeing him on screen when he popped up.

 Posted:   Aug 2, 2020 - 11:18 AM   
 By:   Jeyl   (Member)

See, what we're talking about here is an individual who can act out some pretty big roles, and he acts them out perfectly.

 Posted:   Aug 2, 2020 - 12:29 PM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

John Carpenter's Twitter comment about Brimley...

 Posted:   Aug 2, 2020 - 1:11 PM   
 By:   Moonlit   (Member)

Seems like many of them are passing on of late. Oddly I probably remember him most for the Quaker Oat commercials. RIP.

 Posted:   Aug 3, 2020 - 11:28 AM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

I think his best role was the coach in THE NATURAL.

He together with Richard Farnsworth--absolutely classic Americana/baseball.

 Posted:   Aug 3, 2020 - 11:59 AM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

I loved him as the DOJ lawyer in ABSENCE OF MALICE and as Jack Lemmon's co-worker in THE CHINA SYNDROME. Always a solid, believable performance. One of the all-time great character actors in American films! RIP Wilford Brimley.

 Posted:   Aug 3, 2020 - 12:00 PM   
 By:   TominAtl   (Member)

I think his best role was the coach in THE NATURAL.

Agreed, this and his role n Cocoon are the ones I remember him most fondly in. Hell, he looked like he was pushing 70 back in the early 1980's LOL.

Never did really buy him as the heavy in The Firm. Just didn't fit his personae to me. But I always did chuckle at his commercial that dealt with diabetes, because he pronounced it..."DiaBEtus". wink

RIP Mr Brimley.

 Posted:   Aug 4, 2020 - 11:04 AM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

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By: KeV McG (Member)

My first association when I hear his name are the COCOON films, followed by THE NATURAL.
I always forget he's in THE THING, one of my favourite films ever.
I'd forgotten THE CHINA SYNDROME too, another goodun.


The first time I ever saw him onscreen was in THE CHINA SYNDROME. I'll never forget how struck I was by his performance: so natural, so real. It was as if they'd cast the role with a real-life nuclear engineer.

 Posted:   Aug 6, 2020 - 12:11 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

When a group of rowdy trailhands shoot up the small town of Bannock and accidentally kill an old man, LAWMAN “Jered Maddox” (Burt Lancaster) sets out to arrest those responsible. Arriving in the town of Sabbath with the body of “Marc Corman,” one of the men involved in the shootout, Maddox pays a call on the town marshal, “Cotton Ryan” (Robert Ryan). In the film, Marc Corman’s corpse was played by Wilford Brimley.

But Lancaster and Wilford Brimley in LAWMAN

Michael Winner directed the 1971 western, his first American film. Jerry Fielding’s score was released on a 1978 Citadel LP, and made its first CD appearance on a 1990 Bay Cities release. An expanded version was released by Intrada in 2004 and was remastered for a 2019 re-issue.

 Posted:   Aug 6, 2020 - 12:31 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

In THE CHINA SYNDROME, reporter Jane Fonda finds what appears to be a cover-up of safety hazards at a nuclear power plant. Actors Jack Nicholson and Robert Redford declined the starring role of nuclear engineer “Jack Godell”, but Jack Lemmon “‘flipped for it,’” recalled producer and co-star Michael Douglas. Lemmon recalled: "That script had a kind of maverick quality. I was hooked". Lemmon had previously been involved in anti-nuclear advocacy, including narrating a 1971 television documentary, “Powers That Be,” about the dangers of reactors. Wilford Brimley played Jack Godell’s friend and colleague, “Ted Spindler,” in the film.

Scott Brady, Jack Lemmon, and Wilford Brimley in THE CHINA SYNDROME

James Bridges directed the 1979 release, which went without an original score. Michael Small’s unused score was released by Intrada in 2009. Jack Lemmon was Oscar nominated, in the Best Actor in a Leading Role category, but lost out to Dustin Hoffman for KRAMER VS. KRAMER.

 Posted:   Aug 6, 2020 - 1:04 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Ten years after leaving the airwaves, “James West” (Robert Conrad) and “Artemus Gordon” (Ross Martin) returned for more action and adventure in the television reunion movie THE WILD WILD WEST REVISITED. The story was set in 1885 when, after years of retirement, West is called in from his Mexican home, and Gordon is taken off the road as a Shakespearian actor to track down and arrest “Dr. Michelito Loveless, Jr.” (Paul Williams), the evil son of their most famous opponent. (Michael Dunn, who played Loveless in the original series, passed away in 1973, at the age of 38.)

Loveless, Jr. has kidnapped the heads-of-state of countries from around the world and replaced them with duplicates under his control. West and Gordon must stop him before President Grover Cleveland (Wilford Brimley) is replaced, but the job won't be easy as the mad scientist has at his disposal a wide assortment of advanced weapons, ranging from robots to atomic bombs.


Burt Kennedy directed the 1979 film, which was scored by Jeff Alexander.

 Posted:   Aug 6, 2020 - 1:14 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

In THE ELECTRIC HORSEMAN, a rodeo star past his prime, “Sonny Steele” (Robert Redford), who has been reduced to doing commercials, steals his company's horse and rides into the desert, with a feisty reporter (Jane Fonda) accompanying him. Wilford Brimley played a farmer in the film.

Sydney Pollack directed the 1979 release. THE ELECTRIC HORSEMAN represented the fifth collaboration between Pollack and Redford. Dave Grusin scored the film. His score shared the Columbia Records soundtrack LP with several Willie Nelson songs. The LP was re-issued on CD in 1987.

 Posted:   Aug 6, 2020 - 1:38 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas, “Henry BRUBAKER” (Robert Redford), tries to clean it up of corruption after initially posing as an inmate. Wilford Brimley played “Rogers,” a member of the state Prison Board in the film. This was Brinley’s second film with Robert Redford.

Stuart Rosenberg directed this 1980 release. Lalo Schifrin’s score was released by Intrada in 2003.

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