Wilford Brimley, a portly actor with a walrus mustache who found his niche playing cantankerous coots
in “Absence of Malice,” “The Natural,” “Cocoon” and other films, died on Saturday at age 85.
Mr. Brimley had been sick for two months with a kidney ailment, said his agent, Lynda Bensky. He died
in a hospital in St. George, Utah, where the actor had a home.