Wilford Brimley (born September 27, 1934) is the man. And a man with an awesome mustache.
He is also a man of many talents. Before beginning his legendary acting career, Wilford worked as a ranch hand, blacksmith, wrangler and bodyguard for Howard Hughes. And this was after Brimley dropped out of high school to join the Marines during the Korean War. He served three years in the Aleutian Islands. No wonder he’s the most badass diabetic this side of Lemmy Kilmister.
After all of these uber-manly exploits, Wilford got into acting in the 1960s at the behest of his friend, Academy Award-winning actor Robert Duvall. Brimley would later become famous for appearing in films such as Hotel New Hampshire, The Thing, Cocoon and many others. He would also appear in the baseball film The Natural as a manager.
Brimley is also famous for his appearances in commercials. Brimley appeared in commercials for Quaker Oats in the 80s and 90s, where he proclaimed “it’s the right thing to do” about eating Quaker Oats. “It’s the right thing to do even if it’s a muffin!” proclaimed Brimley, proudly, in one exceptional ad. (Which you can see right here)
Wilford has more recently appeared in ads for well-received and memorable ads for Liberty Medical.
Brimley, who was diagnosed with diabetes in 1979, has been active in raising awareness of the disease, and has won several awards for his service to various diabetes-related causes.
Way to go, Wilford!