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Brimley has diabetes and has made a series of commercials for the diabetes testing-supplies company Liberty Medical—Brimley admonishes viewers to "check your blood sugar and check it often" and to "Call Liberty, they can help you live a better life."

Brimley was born in Salt Lake City to a father who worked as a real estate broker. He is a Latter-day Saint. Outside of film and advertisements, Brimley is also known as an activist opposed to the banning of cockfighting. He has campaigned in Arizona and New Mexico against laws banning cockfighting. Brimley enjoys playing poker and has played in the World Series of Poker Main Event.

Brimley's distinctive appearance and manner of speech have lead to a number of parodies over the years. On Saturday Night Live, he was played by John Goodman.

On September 27, 2005, a parody of Wilford was featured in the direct-to-DVD animated film Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story.

In the Comedy Central show The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert had a sketch where he plays the voice of Wilford Brimley. In the sketch, "Wilford" calls Colbert very early in the morning, waking him up, having nonsensical conversations, and giving him ideas for Colbert's show. In another sketch "Wilford" calls from Mexico to borrow money to pay his cockfighting debts, but ends when one of the birds attacks his eyes. In the television series Strangers with Candy, Colbert as Brimley makes a cameo in the episode Who Wants Cake? as the gruff narrator of the educational audio tape "Retardation: A Celebration."

In the short-lived sketch comedy program The Ben Stiller Show, several sketches involve a Brimley-like character pitching "Grady's Oats," a take-off on the actor's Quaker Oats ads. This depiction, contrasting strongly with the staid Brimley, has the pitchman talking to imaginary oat buds and menacing children in his back yard with a pistol.

During the era of his appearances in commercials for Quaker Oats, the Imus in the Morning radio show did parodies of Brimley's commercials, most of which ended with the sound of the Brimley character unzipping his fly as he proceeded to "plop that thing into a heaping bowl of warm Quaker Oats".

His Quaker Oats commercial was also parodied on the Canadian sketch show, Royal Canadian Air Farce, in which Brimley (impersonated by Roger Abbott) expresses his opinion on television station and network logos that appear on screen during a show.

Wilford Brimley has also been the subject of some of Greg Gutfeld's drawings on his late-night Fox News talk show Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld.

His cockfighting activism was referenced in the TV show The Knights of Prosperity in the "Operation: Steal the Safe" episode.

Manga artist Naoki Urasawa has used Brimley's likeness for characters in at least two of his works, these being Monster & Pluto.
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