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Born: September 27, 1934 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA Profession: Cast ...
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1940:
Moved to California at the age of six
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Dropped out of school to serve in Marines during the Korean War
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After Korea, drifted though the western states working as a ranch hand, blacksmith and wrangler
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Spent three years in the late 1950s as a bodyguard for Howard Hughes
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Shoed horses for stables that furnished animals for movie and TV Westerns
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Moved to Idaho
1965:
Returned to Los Angeles; became a riding extra for Westerns
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Befriended by actor Robert Duvall who urged him to pursue acting as a career
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Received Screen Actors Guild card for work as stuntman
1969:
Film debut, an uncredited bit part in "True Grit"
1971:
Credited as Bill Brimley for movie role in "Lawman"
1974:
Landed recurring role on CBS series "The Waltons"
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Was founding member of Los Angeles Actors Theater
1976:
TV-movie debut in "The Oregon Trail" (NBC)
1979:
Breakthrough supporting role as the plant foreman in "The China Syndrome"
1984:
Played Robert Redford's reluctant baseball manager in "The Natural"
1984:
Portrayed disillusioned farm patriarch in "Country"
1985:
Delivered memorable performance as leader of spunky senior citizens in Ron Howard's "Cocoon"
1986:
Co-starred on NBC comedy drama series "Our House"
1989:
Portrayed Gov. Lew Wallace (author of "Ben Hur") in "Gore Vidal's 'Billy the Kid'" (TNT)
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Parlayed his folksey down-home image into job as spokesperson for Quaker Oats
1993:
In a departure from type, gave an outstanding performance as the sinister head of security in "The Firm"
1996:
Reunited with good friend Robert Duvall for a sixth time in the feature "My Fellow Americans"
1997:
Appeared as Kevin Kline's father and Debbie Reynolds' husband in Frank Oz's comedy "In & Out"
1998:
Acted in the PBS aired production "All My Friends Are Cowboys"
2001:
Co-starred in the CBS movie "The Ballad of Lucy Whipple"
2001:
Played a sheriff in "Brigham City"
2001:
Starred in an off-Broadway revival of "The Petrified Forest"
2004:
Released an album of jazz standards titled <i>This Time, the Dream's on Me</i>
2009:
Cast alongside Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant in "Did You Hear About the Morgans?"

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