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Cocoon and The Thing actor dies aged 85

Cocoon and The Thing actor dies aged 85
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COCOON and The Thing actor Wilford Brimley has died at the age of 85, US media reports.

Utah-born Brimley found his way into the film industry through stunt work around horse riding.

Wilford Brimley has died

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Wilford Brimley has died Credit: Rex Features
Actor Barbara Hershey paid tribute to Wilford Brimley as a 'wonderful man'

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Actor Barbara Hershey paid tribute to Wilford Brimley as a ‘wonderful man’

In Ron Howard’s 1985 Sci-Fi feature “Cocoon”, Brimley played a man in his 70s who together with the other residents of a Florida retirement home, discovers an alien energy source that rejuvenates them.

He took on successively larger roles in his 40s and 50s which brought him fame playing sometimes gruff but lovable moustachioed seniors.

But Brimley is best known for his roles in the Oscar-winning movie “Cocoon” and “The Firm”.

In his memorable role alongside Tom Cruise in the 1993 legal thriller The Firm Brimley played a sinister security official for a legal company.

Actor Barbara Hershey, who starred with Brimley in several films, described him on Twitter as a wonderful man and actor who “always made me laugh”.

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