Wilford Brimley, Cocoon Star and Face of Quaker Oats Commercials, Dies at 85: 'One of a Kind'




In the wake of the actor's death, a number of celebrities paid tribute to the Brimley.

"RIP Wilford Brimley What an absolute legend," wrote Seth Green, who appeared in 1984's Hotel New Hampshire with the late actor. "I was lucky enough to make my first movie with him. I was only 8, but he treated me like a peer, and gave me confidence as an actor. Forever grateful for his kindness & generosity."

"Plus he was funny," Green added alongside a screenshot of a Tweet where Brimley mulled over a few names he could have used in a fictional wrestling career, including "Under Quaker” and “The DIE-A-BEASTUS." 

Added Stephen Colbert: "RIP Wilford Brimley – so many great performances, but I’ll never forget seeing him sing this surprisingly tender 'It's Not Easy Being Green.'"

Meghan McCain also went on to share a tribute, noting that Brimley had been "a very early and passionate supporter" of her late father, Sen. John McCain.

"I had the privilege of spending time with him on the trail, including a special bus tour with veterans. Sending love, prayers and gratitude for our experiences with him," she wrote.

Brimley is survived by his wife, Beverly Berry, and his four sons — James Charles, John Michael, William Carmen, and Lawrence Dean — from his first marriage to Lynne Bagley.

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