Today is a special day. Why? Because on this day, some 79 years ago, Wilfred Brimley was born. Why is that special? Because Wilford Brimley is, always has been, and always will be, one of Tango’s favorite actors. Yeah, you heard me! He was awesome in Cocoon & The Return (1985/1988), absolutely amazing in The Firm (1993) and he probably gave the best portrayal Ever, of Governer Lew Wallace in the ‘Made for TV movie’ Billy The Kid (1989) and that’s not all. He even stole the show from Chuck Norris in an episode of Walker, Texas Ranger (1993-2001). We have also seen him fight alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme in Hard Target (1993), Mutant Species (1995) and All My Friends Are Cowboys (1998). He was last seen in the short-film Masque in 2012 and I sincerely hope we get to see him again soon.
Wilford Brimley is a man of many talents, having worked as a ranch hand, a wrangler, a blacksmith and even a bodyguard, as well as having served in the United States marine corps before saddling up in Hollywood. In 1979, Brimley was diagnosed with diabetes, which made him work with raising awareness for the disease. That, in turn made the American Diabetes Association honor him with an award for recognition of a lifetime of services in 2008. He is a great man, to say the least and a true inspiration in everything he does.
And with these final words, we here on Tango’s Thoughts would like to extend our deepest gratitude to you, sir, and wish you a Happy Birthday. May you have plenty more in the years to come!