Anthony Wilford Brimley was born on September 27, 1934 in Salt Lake City, Utah. His father worked as a real estate broker. Prior to his career in acting, Brimley dropped out of high school to serve in the United States Marine Corps, where he served in the Aleutian Islands for three years. He also worked as a bodyguard (for Howard Hughes), ranch hand, wrangler, and blacksmith. He then began shoeing horses for film and television. He began acting in the 1960s as a riding extra in Westerns as a stunt man at the urging of his friend, actor Robert Duvall. Brimley has appeared in over 75 films since his first uncredited role in 1969’s “True Grit”. His only Euro-western was 1971’s “Lawman” in the role of Marc Corman where he was credited as Bill Brimley.
Today we celebrate Wilford Brimley’s 80th birthday.