Former Marine, Wilford Brimley, was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. He first worked as a ranch hand, wrangler, and blacksmith. He began shoeing horses for films and television and began his acting career in the 1960s as a riding extra in Westerns.
Mr. Brimley starred in many films including The China Syndrome, Cocoon I and II, The Thing, Crossfire Trail, Absence of Malice, Ewoks: The Battle For Endor, Hard Target, The Electric Horseman, High Road to China, End of the Line, The Stone Boy, Hotel New Hampshire, Country, Blood River, Brigham City,Tender Mercies, Brubaker, Borderline, Harry & Son, Last of the Dogmen, The Good Old Boys,The Firm and The Natural.
Mr. Brimley also appeared on many television productions such as Seinfeld’s The Postmaster General, The Waltons, and Walker, Texas Ranger as well as the 1980s TV drama series Our House. Mr. Brimley has also done many commercials for Quaker Oats and Liberty Medical.