Veteran Character Actor Wilford Brimley Dead at 85August 2, 2020
That sci-fi/horror classic, starring Kurt Russell, saw Brimley (sans his signature walrus mustache) play the senior biologist stationed at U.S. Outpost 31, an Antarctic research center whose inhabitants are hunted by an alien predator who can assume any form.
(SPOILERS! Blair ends up becoming one of the many forms The Thing takes over the course of the movie.)
In addition to The Thing, Brimley’s foray into sci-fi saw him starring as Ben Luckett in 1985’s Cocoon and its sequel, Cocoon: The Return. Although he was only in his 50s at the time he made the Coccon movies, Brimley played a senior citizen in both films.
He also played “Noa” in the 1985 Star Wars TV movie Ewoks: The Battle for Endor.
Brimley’s other film credits include The Natural, The Firm, Hard Target, In & Out, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, Absence of Malice, and The China Syndrome.
On television, Brimley played the family patriarch on the late ’80s series Our House, but is arguably best remembered for starring in commercials for Quaker Oats and to fight diabetes.