Actor Wilford Brimley recently had a little fun on Twitter during the Super Bowl. He joked that he looked just like Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid. We caught up with Wilford to find out what he’s been up to and what he thinks of the infamous ‘diabeetus’ memes that still go around social media.
Wilford has been in several films and television shows including The Waltons, Cocoon, and The Thing. He also appeared in infamous Quaker Oats and Liberty Medical commercials. When asked about the phenomenon that became those commercials, he was humble.
Wilford loves to engage with fans on Twitter
He spoke with us at DYR: “The Quaker Oats or even the ‘Diabeetus’ commercial was like any other commercial, just part of your job. I believe with a lot of things like that you do not set out knowing it will be what it becomes. It is fun to see pieces, pictures, and those weird moving ones on twitter too.”
These days, Wilford doesn’t engage in many projects and calls himself a family man. However, he still loves to chat with fans on Twitter. He admitted, “It is fun to have this generation still engaging with the content I put out. Twitter was not around in the ’80s so to have a platform to engage with fans is fun.”
His favorite part about Twitter is interacting with things that make him laugh. He shared, “I like just interacting with them. If someone creates something funny, or tweet something at me that makes me laugh… that is what I like to respond to, and it is my favorite part.”
He said he was a bit shocked that people still recognized him on social media. “Overall the entire process of being ‘thrown’ back into culture has been weird and surprising to me,” he said. “All I have to say is that I appreciate every fan from ‘The Waltons’ to my commercial.”
Wilford is currently raising money for the American Diabetes Association
His latest on IMDb is called Cellophane, but he said it was “a small pre-project in 2017 that I do not know if will come to fruition.” He is currently working to raise money for diabetes for The Tour de Cure for the American Diabetes Association.
He is spreading the word and asking for donations for a new friend. He said, “Chris is a guy that reached out about his Tour de Cure about a week ago. We have had some back and forth, after reading more about him, his cause, and the Tour de Cure I thought it would be great to reach his goal. ADA is a great organization for diabetes awareness.” To learn more and donate, click here.
When asked about his favorite role, he said he loves being retired. “My favorite role? Where I am now… family man, retired, doing things I want to do. Obviously, I am older so getting around is tough for me. As far as professionally, Cocoon was a lot of fun, and we had great chemistry on set that showed onscreen.”
Wilford will appear at the Pensacola Comic-Con in just a few days if you’re in the area!