Wilford Brimley is deceased; “Cocoon” star and Quaker Oates pitcher die at 85; cause of death kidney disease

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Wilford Brimley, who rose from a movie stuntman to an indelible character actor who brought gruff charm, and at times a menace, to a line of films that included “Cocoon,” “The Natural” and “The Firm,” is deceased. He was 85 years old.Brimley manager Lynda Bensky said the actor died Saturday morning at a Utah hospital. He was on dialysis and suffered from several health issues, she said.

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”.

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