Wilford Brimley (born September 27, 1934) is an American actor. He has appeared in such films as The China Syndrome, Cocoon, and The Firm. Brimley has also done television commercials, including ads for Quaker Oats and Liberty Medical.
Brimley was born as Allen Wilford Brimley in Salt Lake City, Utah, where his father worked as a real estate broker.
Diagnosed with diabetes in 1979, Brimley began working to raise awareness of the disease. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) honored Brimley in 2008 with an award to recognize his lifetime of service in this venerable cause. Brimley has been active visiting Veterans Administration hospitals and communities to advise patients on how to manage their diseases. The ADA presented the award to the actor at the Port St. Lucie headquarters of Liberty Medical on December 19, 2008.