Wilford Brimley, Cocoon and The Thing Star, Dead at 85

Wilford Brimley, Cocoon and The Thing Star, Dead at 85

Brimley's manager tells E! News the actor passed away on Saturday, August 1, while he was hospitalized in St. George, Utah.

Hollywood has lost a star.

Wilford Brimley has died at the age of 85, E! News has learned. According to Brimley's manager, he passed away on Saturday, August 1, while he was hospitalized in St. George, Utah.

The late actor had been at the ICU, where he was on dialysis and being treated for other medical issues that weren't disclosed.

"Wilford Brimley was a man you could trust," Brimley's manager said in a statement to E! News. "He said what he meant and he meant what he said. He had a gruff exterior and a tender heart. I'm sad that I will no longer get to hear my friend's wonderful stories. He was one of a kind."

Brimley was best known for his movie roles in Cocoon, The Natural and The Thing. He also appeared on several television shows, including Our House, The Waltons and many others. Plus, he was featured in Quaker Oats commercials and quickly became synonymous with the brand.

The late actor also reached pop culture status with "The Brimley/Cocoon Line" marker.

"When Cocoon reached theaters on June 21, 1985, Wilford Brimley was 18,530 days old. This account makes note of people who have reached that age," The Brimley / Cocoon Line Twitter account explained of the concept.

For reference, celebrities like Matthew McConaughey, P. Diddy and Ben Harper recently crossed that line.