'Cocoon' actor Wilford Brimley dies age 85

Brunilde Fioravanti
Agosto 2, 2020

Actor Wilford Brimley best known for his role in the movie "Cocoon" has died, he was 85.

The Salt Lake City native died in an intensive care unit in St. George, Utah, manager Lynda Bensky said. He was on dialysis and had several ailments, she said. "He said what he meant and he meant what he said".

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 was perhaps best known for roles later in his career pitching Quaker Oats and educating folks about diabetes in Liberty Medical commercials.

The actor was diagnosed with diabetes mellitus in 1979 and has worked to raise awareness for the disease. The video earned him the name "diabeetus" guy, a moniker he has personally accepted in a tweet.

Wilford is survived by his wife Beverly and their three kids.

He was also a surprise guest on Seinfeld in 1997, appearing as a menacing Postmaster General, and a kind-hearted hermit in the made-for-television Star Wars classic, Ewoks: Battle for Endor.

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