On Sunday’s episode of ‘Yellowstone‘, the show paid tribute to actor, Wilford Brimley, known for his western characters.
The title card appeared on Yellowstone’s 9th episode of the third season. In it, Brimley was described as “a cowboy, an artist, and a “good friend” of the show,” according to Decider.
According to the New York Times, Wilford Brimley passed away August 1, 2020 due to kidney ailment. He was 85 years old at the time of his passing and died in Utah. His manager, Lynda Bensky told CNN, “Wilford Brimley was a man you could trust. He said what he meant and he meant what he said.” She continued her praise saying, “He had a tough exterior and a tender heart.”
Brimley acted in the likes of Bandolero! and True Grit, but never actually appeared in Yellowstone. While he never appeared on the Paramount Network’s series, its been referenced that his life and acting was great inspiration for the show. The actor embodied the western lifestyle, avidly riding horses and loving western guitar music.
Brimley was also a spokesperson for Liberty Medical and his experience with diabetes. Showing his western style, he featured in an ad for the company on horseback with a country tune in the background.
Some fans are very appreciative of the homage to Wilford Brimley’s life, while others remain confused with the connection between the two. Decider draws connection between the late star and the show though, commenting that Brimley’s booming voice and iconic mustache are also traits of many of the show’s characters. The entertainment publisher also mentioned Brimley’s connection to the show’s setting : Utah. Brimley was a proud native of Utah during his lifetime.