Shannen Doherty paid tribute to her friend and late co-star Wilford Brimley shortly after his death this week at the age of 85.
The actress appeared alongside Brimley in the 1986 NBC drama “Our House”. The show aired for two seasons and focused on Brimley’s character as a retired widower who invites his stepdaughter and three children to move in with him after his son’s death.
Shortly after the news of Brimley’s death was announced, Doherty took to Instagram to praise him and fondly remember their time working together on the series.
“I met Wilford when we did Our House together. He taught me a lot about this show. He also gave me a horse named Brownie. Taught me to ski in Utah. There were 2 African Grays who would curse and call their dogs only to make fun of them when they came running, ”she wrote. “He hugged a lot and told some great jokes. He was actually like a grandfather to me for a very long time. He was talented and will be missed. Wilford. ”
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The heartfelt caption came in a black and white photo from the series that captured a teenage Doherty standing alongside Brimley as he rode a model train.
Brimley manager Lynda Bensky said the actor died Saturday morning at a hospital in his home state of Utah. He was on dialysis and suffered from several health issues, she said.
“Wilford Brimley was a man you could trust,” Bensky said in a statement. “He said what he wanted to say and he meant what he said. He had a hard exterior and a tender heart. I am sad that I can no longer hear the wonderful stories of my friend. He was one of a kind.
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The mustached Brimley was a familiar face for a number of roles, often playing characters like his grizzled baseball manager in “The Natural” in the face of Robert Redford’s bad luck phenomenon. He also worked with Redford in “Brubaker” and “The Electric Horseman”.
Brimley’s best-known work was in “Cocoon”, in which he was part of a group of elderly people who discover an alien capsule that rejuvenates them. The 1985 film Ron Howard won two Oscars, including a supporting actor for Don Ameche.
Brimley also starred in “Cocoon: The Return”, a 1988 sequel.
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A native of Utah who grew up around horses, Brimley has spent two decades traveling the West and working on ranches and race tracks. He got into filmmaking in the 1960s, making films such as “True Grit” and appearing in television series such as “Gunsmoke”.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.