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The great character actor Wilford Brimley passed at the age of 85. He had many memorable film roles, a very funny and active-until-the-end Twitter account, and was a former rodeo rider, blacksmith, Marine, security guard for Howard Hughes, and stuntman before his acting career began.
Though I can quickly remember many of his roles, the one that stays in my mind is as a senior Department of Justice attorney in the outstanding 1981 movie, Absence of Malice (and that film’s observations about the media, the leak games played by bureaucrats, and the havoc they create for the innocents caught in their web, are even more timely today). It’s too bad that during the last few years the real DOJ didn’t have people like the character Brimley played, at least until Bill Barr showed up.
He’s only in one scene in Absence of Malice but he dominated it. Can’t find the full scene on YouTube so here are portions: